Singapore, 10 December 2010 – CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, received six nominations and took home the award for Best News Anchor at the 15th Asian Television Awards (ATA) held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore: Martin Soong won the Best News Anchor award for Squawk Box (Asia) – the only 6 time winner in its history.
"I am proud and delighted that CNBC and Martin have been recognized in this incredibly competitive category. For the 4th year in a row, Martin has walked away with this prestigious award, which speaks volumes about his excellence in delivering world-class programming, year after year,” said John Casey, Vice President, International News and Programming, CNBC in Asia Pacific and EMEA. "Martin is part of a multi-award winning team of outstanding journalists and technicians that strives to deliver the very best for our viewers, every single day."
With over 20 years of industry experience, Martin Soong is one of Asia's best-known business television journalists. He was one of the pioneers that launched Asia Business News in 1993 (prior to the channel’s merger with CNBC in 1997). During his long and distinguished tenure with the network, Martin has anchored almost all of CNBC’s flagship business shows. He is currently the co-anchor on CNBC's trademark morning program Squawk Box (Asia), which focuses on what viewers need to know after the markets close in the U.S. and before the markets open in Asia.
This is the fourth consecutive year that Soong has received the Best News Anchor Award at the ATA’s. He also received the award in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
The other CNBC nominations included: Bernard Lo (Best News Anchor), Karen Tso (Best News Anchor-Highly Commended), Christine Tan (Best Current Affairs Presenter), Squawk Box Asia (Best News Programme), The Call (Best News Programme).
"We are thrilled that Martin has been honored for an unprecedented 6th time," said Satpal Brainch, President and Managing Director, CNBC in Asia Pacific. "He is an icon of business journalism and we are very proud to have him as part of our strong and talented team."
CNBC in Asia Pacific
CNBC is the recognized world leader in business news, providing real-time financial market coverage and business information to more than 380 million households worldwide. In Asia Pacific, CNBC is distributed to over 70 million households and is uniquely positioned to speak to viewers from across the region. Headquartered in Singapore, the network provides nine hours of live Asia-produced programming every weekday, which is complemented with coverage of live market action from Europe and the US. CNBC Asia Pacific's channels, which include CNBC Asia, CNBC-TV18 (India), CNBC Awaaz (India), CNBC Pakistan, Nikkei-CNBC (Japan) and SBS-CNBC (South Korea) are available in more than 21 countries across the Asia Pacific region. CNBC also has a strategic alliance with Shanghai Media Group, which wholly owns a subsidiary, China Business Network and a collaboration with China Central Television (CCTV). In China CNBC reaches 400 million homes via CCTV’s Business Channel programme, Global Connection Show. The channels are distributed via satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcast networks, as well as through digital platforms.