Astro AWANI is a Malaysian news organisation that broadcasts its news via Channel 501 on Astro. Since 2018, Astro AWANI has been consecutively recognised as Malaysia's most trusted news source by the Reuter's Digital News Report published by Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Launched on 6 September 2007, AWANI has since become a household news brand among Malaysians as the go to channel for breaking news. It broadcasts an array of programmes including bulletins, business & current affairs shows, special interviews, investigative reports, variety programmes, as well as selected magazine shows.

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Broadcast areaMalaysia
HeadquartersAll Asia Broadcast Centre Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil, 57000 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)
1 April 2022 (Kristal-Astro only)
1 July 2022 (SD) (NJOI only)
Former namesAstro News
(2002–2007; channel and news programme)
Bloomberg RIA News
(2000–2004; as a programme)
myFreeviewChannel 151 (HD)

Its signature programmes include AWANI 7:45 (Prime Time News), Agenda AWANI (Current Affairs Programme), Buletin AWANI (Hourly bulletins throughout the day), AWANI Pagi (Morning variety show), Niaga AWANI (Business & Finance), Consider This (English Current Affairs), Notepad with Ibrahim Sani (Finance, Markets & Tech) and Dialog Tiga Penjuru (Current affairs show in a forum/debate format).

Astro AWANI's live channel is accessible regardless of location via its website (, designated Astro AWANI App, and Youtube Live. It has significant presence on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Facebook, TikTok, Linked In and Telegram.


Astro News logo.

In 2002, the channel was launched as The News Channel (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[1][2] 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.[3]

In 2008, Astro AWANI was renumbered from channel 123 to channel 501.

In 2018, Astro AWANI was recognised as the “most trusted” Malaysian news brand in The Reuters Institute Digital News Report .[4] and has since consecutively gained this recognition throughout years 2019, 2020 and 2021.


  • Extensive coverage of the MH370 tragedy in 2014 as the go to channel, as well as the go to source by international news agencies.
  • Historic coverage of the 14th Malaysian General Election where it was recognised for its impartial and bold presentation on national TV and online.

Regular presentersEdit

Notable personalitiesEdit

  • Ashwad Ismail - Head/Editor-in-Chief of Astro AWANI as of 2021.
  • Nazri Kahar
  • Marlina Manaf
  • Cynthia Ng
  • Asyraf Hasnan
  • Ibrahim Sani
  • Jasmine Abu Bakar
  • Hafiz Marzukhi
  • Hakim Rahman
  • Hilal Azmi
  • Nailah Huda
  • Geegee Ahmad
  • Hafizi Rosli
  • 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
  • Nickyson Nyambar (AWANI Borneo)
  • Raja Hisyam Raja Zaid
  • Shafizan Johari


See alsoEdit


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