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Astro Awani is the in-house rolling television news and current affairs channel providing 24-hour news coverage including news in Malay. Astro Awani presents news and programs including current affairs, lifestyle, documentaries, interview programs and a local and international magazine.[1] Astro Awani started broadcasting on 6 September 2007 as part of the revamp of Astro's news division. The station is targeted at Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. Currently, the channel has numerous bases each with their own correspondents, and can also call upon resources and bureaux provided by the Malaysian government such as reporters from Bernama.

Astro Awani
Launched15 June 2006 (Indonesia, Launch Again in 28 August 2016 as Astro Indonesia)
6 September 2007 (Malaysia)
Closed20 October 2008 (Indonesia, As Astro Nusantara)
Owned byAstro All Asia Networks
Picture format4:3 (SDTV)
SloganSatu Untuk Berita
(6 September 2007 – present)
(6 September 2007 – present)
(15 June 2006 – 20 October 2008, 28 August 2017 – present)
(6 September 2007 – present)
(15 June 2006 – 20 October 2008, 28 August 2016 – present)
Broadcast areaMalaysia
HeadquartersBangunan Bursa Malaysia,Persiaran Maybank, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Formerly calledAstro News
Bloomberg RIA News
ReplacedAstro News
Bloomberg RIA News
Channel 501 (SD)
(6 September 2007 – present)
Channel 501 (SD)
(6 September 2007 – present)
Channel 501 (SD)
(18 February 2012 – present)
Astro Indonesia
Channel 501 (SD)



In 2002, the channel existed as Astro News. During that time, it carried programming from Al Jazeera (broadcast in Arabic with live Malaysian translation interpretation on its dual-language button), BBC World, CCTV-9, Eurosport News, the Australia Network (later became a separate channel in December 2007) and DW-TV. It also aired Astro News, a half-hour locally produced news program.

The five channels carried on that channel were since available separately, except when Astro News changes Al Jazeera into Al Jazeera English in its launch in 2006, which was also later became a separate channel, and DW-TV later takes a full-time slot until the Astro News channel ceased transmission on 1 March 2009. DW-TV has also been broadcast in Malaysia through NTV7 for selected programmes only on weekday afternoons in the early 2000s and later on Bernama TV also through selected programmes since 2010. Eurosport News is still airing as programme fillers on Astro SuperSport's channels since circa 2003.

In 2001, was launched as Bloomberg RIA News, as well as Bloomberg Malaysia, a joint production between Bloomberg Television and Astro. This had already dissolved in 2003 and Berita Astro started broadcasting on Astro Ria since then.

Until February 2007, Astro News was co-produced with the national news agency Bernama, with the former taking 12 minutes of the programme for general. 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. On 28 February 2008 was launched form Bernama TV took over the full half-hour production pending a revamp of the internal news team at Astro. 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.

The launch of Astro Awani proved to be a significant milestone for NDTV and Astro, as it is the first channel launched by NDTV outside of India. It first distributed throughout Indonesia on PT Direct Vision's platform, Astro Nusantara.[3]

On 6 September 2007, Astro Awani was launched in Malaysia, at the Palace of Golden Horses.[4]

Astro Awani was the only 24-hour international news channels told from a local perspective exclusively in the Malaysian language until 28 February 2008, when Bernama TV launched, offering three other languages other than the national language.

In March 2009, Astro AWANI produced its first English language programme. Astro Awani not only provides coverage of issues concerning Malaysia via its current affairs programmes but it also produces documentaries, magazine and talk show programmes. The programmes feature interviews with local experts and personalities.

As of December 2010, some of Astro Awani's programmes such as Awani 7.45 are airing on Astro Ria every Monday to Thursday, starting with the live version of Sukan Awani at 7:30 pm followed by the live simulcast of Awani 7.45 at 7:45 pm for 45 minutes.

In March 2012, Astro AWANI began producing news bulletins for the AMP Radio Networks's (Astro Radio) radio stations Era and Sinar FM.

Astro AWANI launched its mobile application on iOS and Android in May 2013, with cumulative downloads of 1 million to-date (Q3, 2018).

In June 2018, Astro AWANI is named as among the “most trusted” Malaysian source of news by The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018. [5]


Astro Awani is encrypted on the MEASAT satellites carrying Astro on Channel 501 is available in Malaysia (Astro) and Brunei (Kristal-Astro).

Regular presentersEdit

Notable personalitiesEdit

  • Ashwad Ismail
  • Kamarul Bahrin Haron
  • Marlina Manaf
  • Cynthia Ng
  • Asyraf Hasnan
  • Rizal Zulkapli


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. ^ a b 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".