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Channel NewsAsia (abbreviated CNA) is Southeast Asian pay television news channel based in Singapore, launched in 1 March 1999. It broadcasts free-to-air domestically and as a subscription network[1] to 28 territories in Asia, the Middle East and Australia.[2]

Channel NewsAsia
Channel NewsAsia logo (shape only).svg
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
SloganUnderstand Asia
Broadcast areaSoutheast Asian
HeadquartersMediacorp Campus, Singapore
UHFChannel 32
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 5
AsiaSat 73706 MHz
Indovision (Indonesia)Channel 330
Tata Sky (India)Channel 535
Cignal (Philippines)Channel 134
Sky Direct (Philippines)Channel 51
Astro (Malaysia)Channel 533 (HD)
StarHub TV (Singapore)Channel 106 (HD)
SkyCable (Philippines)Channel 109 (Digital)
Destiny Cable (Philippines)Channel 24 (Analogue)
Channel 109 (Digital)
Channel 36 (SD)
Cablelink (Philippines)Channel 21
TransACT (Australia)Channel 25
First Media (Indonesia)Channel 232
Cable TV (Hong Kong)Channel 130
AVG (Vietnam)Channel 17
Singtel TV (Singapore)Channel 6 (HD)
Unifi TV (Malaysia)Channel 611
now TV (Hong Kong)Channel 322
myTV SUPER (Hong Kong)Channel 703 (HD)
FetchTV (Australia)Channel 186
Streaming media
CNA Official (International)Watch TV
MediaCorp (Singapore)Toggle.SG

Channel NewsAsia has the sixth widest reach among television news channels covering content indigenous to Asia, according to the most recent Ipsos Affluent Survey.[3] The English language network has been positioned since its launch as an alternative to Western-based international media in its presentation of news from "an Asian perspective".[4] It is run by Mediacorp News Pte Ltd,[5] a subsidiary of the Singapore media conglomerate Mediacorp Pte Ltd.[6]

CNA's other key business is the production of news and current affairs content in four languages, Malay, English, Mandarin Chinese and Tamil. This content is produced for Mediacorp's television and online platforms, such as mass entertainment Channels Suria, 5, U, 8 and Vasantham.



Channel NewsAsia was launched on 1 March 1999, under the Television Corporation of Singapore (renamed Media Corporation of Singapore the following year). The network aired only in Singapore at the beginning, as it was only focused on news from that country. It started to be distributed in Southeast Asia in 28 September 2000.[7]

In 2002, CNA signed a news content deal with Metro TV, in which it allowed the latter to use its video footages on its own network in Indonesia. Several carriage deals were done in 2004, including an arrangement between Mediacorp and China International TV Corporation (CITV) for CNA to be made available in hotels in China from 2005. The deal was signed in May and announced in November. In July, a deal was struck between Mediacorp and the Thailand Cable TV Association for CNA's carriage in the country. A similar deal was made with Malaysian pay-TV operator MiTV the following month.

In August 2012, CNA reached an agreement to be broadcast in Myanmar through satellite-TV operator Sky Net.[8] CNA opened its Myanmar news bureau in the capital Yangon in October 2013 – the bureau officially opened in January 2014 – as only one of four foreign news organisations licensed to operate in the country at the time.[9]

In mid-2015, CNA's reach was placed at 58 million households in 26 countries.[10] CNA began broadcasting in India on 19 November 2015, through satellite operator Tata Sky. The move extended the network's reach to 14 million households in India, Mediacorp and Tata Sky said in a joint press statement.[11]

The network's graphical package was rebranded on 21 January 2013, and began broadcasting 24 hours a day. The network's new city studio in the Marina Bay Financial District was unveiled.[12] In July 2014, CNA opened its Vietnam bureau.[13] Other bureaus the channel had opened at the time were Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Seoul and Tokyo; unofficial offices were also maintained in other cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi and Washington D.C.[14]

In September 2014, the channel announced plans to expand its studio in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, into a fully functional high-definition (HD) satellite office.[15]

In 2016, CNA's editorial team was merged with their counterparts from Mediacorp's newspaper "Today" and Mediacorp Radio, with an estimated staff of 700 journalists.[16]


CNA's weekly schedule is primarily highlight news programming from 2am to 6pm (UTC+8), with more current affairs, lifestyle magazine and in-depth analysis shows airing in the evening and on weekends.[17]

See also


  1. ^ "Channel NewsAsia". Lyngsat. January 30, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "About Channel NewsAsia". Mediacorp. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Ipsos Affluent Survey: No change at top for Asia-Pacific's #1 news brand". Mediaweek. Sydney, Australia. October 26, 2017. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Michael Bromley; Angela Romano (12 October 2012). Journalism and Democracy in Asia. Routledge. p. 18. ISBN 978-1-134-25414-9.
  5. ^ "BizFile online business registry". Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) of Singapore. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Tan, Chwee Huat (2002) [1997]. Singapore Financial and Business Sourcebook (2nd ed.). Singapore: NUS Press. p. 586. ISBN 9971692562.
  7. ^ "Speech by DPM Lee Hsien Loong at the Asian launch of Channel NewsAsia at the Raffles Ballroom". National Archives of Singapore. Singapore: Media Division, Ministry of Information and the Arts. September 28, 2000. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Channel NewsAsia hits Myanmar's shores". Marketing. August 29, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "Channel NewsAsia opens bureau in Myanmar". TODAY. Singapore. October 10, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  10. ^ Thongtep, Watchiranont (July 6, 2015). "Singapore expands its news outlets". The Nation. Bangkok, Thailand. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "Tata Sky launches Singapore's Channel News Asia in India". The Economic Times. Mumbai, India. November 19, 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Channel NewsAsia relaunches; adds Mumbai bureau". Indian Television. January 21, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  13. ^ "Channel NewsAsia opens bureau in Vietnam". Channel NewsAsia. Singapore. July 22, 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "Simon Marks". Channel NewsAsia. Singapore. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "CNA to launch satellite studio in Malaysia". Asia Broadcast Union. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  16. ^ "Mediacorp Campus officially opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong". Mediacorp. Singapore. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  17. ^ "Channel NewsAsia channel guide". Toggle. Singapore: Mediacorp. Retrieved March 21, 2018.

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