Astro Awani

Astro Awani is a Malaysian pay television news channel. Its programming consists of news and other programs, including current affairs, lifestyle, documentaries, interview programs and a local and international magazine.[1] The channel was launched on 6 September 2007 as part of the revamp of Astro's news division. It is targeted at Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.

Astro Awani
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Broadcast areaMalaysia
HeadquartersBangunan Bursa Malaysia, Persiaran Maybank, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Picture formatSDTV (480i 16:9)
PAL (576i 16:9)
HDTV (1080i 16:9)
OwnerAstro AWANI Network Sdn. Bhd
Launched15 June 2006 (Indonesia)
6 September 2007 (SD) (Malaysia)
29 March 2021 (HD) (Malaysia)
ReplacedAstro News
(2002–2007; channel and news programme)
Bloomberg RIA News
(2000–2004; as a programme)
Closed20 October 2008 (Indonesia)
1 August 2016 (HyppTV)
29 March 2021 (SD) (Astro only)
Former namesAstro News
(2002–2007; channel and news programme)
Bloomberg RIA News
(2000–2004; as a programme)
AstroChannel 501 (HD)
Channel 501 (HD)
NJOIChannel 501 (HD) Channel 531 (SD)


In 2002, the channel was launched as Astro News. During that time, it carried programming from Al Jazeera (broadcast in Arabic with live Malaysian dubbing), BBC World, CCTV-9, Eurosport News, the Australia Network and Deutsche Welle. It also aired Astro News, a half-hour locally produced news program.

The five networks carried on that channel were since available separately. Until February 2007, Astro News was co-produced with the national news agency Bernama. The news is also translated into Mandarin Chinese on Astro AEC, Malaysian on Astro Ria and Tamil on Astro Vaanavil. English news was also aired on Astro Prima.

Astro Awani was first launched on 15 June 2006 in Indonesia by a joint venture between Astro[2][3] and India-based NDTV. However, due to continued differences between the JV partners, the Indonesian version went off-air in October 2008.

On 6 September 2007, Astro Awani was launched in Malaysia, at the Palace of the Golden Horses.[4] In 1 March 2009, Astro Awani replaces Astro News which cancelled its programme at that time due to very low viewers. In June 2018, Astro Awani was named the “most trusted” Malaysian source of news by The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018.[5]

Regular presentersEdit

Notable personalitiesEdit

  • Ashwad Ismail
  • Nazri Kahar
  • Rizal Zulkapli
  • Marlina Manaf
  • Cynthia Ng
  • Asyraf Hasnan
  • Ibrahim Sani
  • Hafiz Marzukhi
  • Hakim Rahman
  • Hilal Azmi
  • Nailah Huda
  • Geegee Ahmad
  • Hafizi Rosli
  • Khairunnisa Kasnoon
  • Melisa Idris
  • Hilmi Malik
  • Luqman Hariz
  • Najib Aroff
  • Dzulfitri Yusop
  • Fauzi Zin
  • Faris Danial
  • Firdaus Azil
  • Afiezy Azaman
  • Ian Johan Ariff (Bual Bola)
  • Israr Khalid (Bual Bola)
  • Essan Yahya
  • Nursyazwani Saiful Sham
  • Sharaad Kuttan (Consider This)
  • Syaff Shukri
  • Assim Hassan
  • Jasmine Abu Bakar
  • Nickyson Nyambar (AWANI Sarawak)
  • Dr. Nazri Khan (Menang Saham Bersama DDNK)
  • Raja Hisyam Raja Zaid
  • Shafizan Johari


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Astro launched Astro AWANI dan Astro OASIS" (Press release). ASTRO ALL ASIA NETWORKS Plc. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2009.
  2. ^ Team (10 September 2007). "NDTV – Astro channels launched in Malaysia". Archived from the original on 8 July 2011.
  3. ^ Correspondent (16 June 2006). "NDTV, Astro launch 'Astro Awani' channel in Indonesia". Archived from the original on 19 November 2006.
  4. ^ "Pelancaran saluran baru: ASTRO AWANI". 4 September 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Malaysian Most Trusted News Brand". Reuters Digital News Report.
  6. ^ "Astro AWANI Personalities".