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Channel NewsAsia appoints new Chief Editor
Singapore, 19 July 2012 – Regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia appoints veteran journalist and award-winning programme-maker, Ms Lian Pek, as Chief Editor from July 2012. The appointment comes as the channel is aggressively expanding its programming and services. In an earlier announcement, the channel had said it was extending its programming hours, and broadcasting “live” 24 hours a day from January 2013.
As Chief Editor, Pek sets the editorial direction and oversees production of English news for Channel NewsAsia and sister channel, MediaCorp Channel 5.
Managing Director of Channel NewsAsia, Ms Debra Soon, says, “As we take the channel to more countries, Lian Pek has joined us at a critical juncture when we are revving up and expanding. We have planned for more and better business and sports content, and a newly structured digital desk for greater reach. The media landscape is extremely dynamic and Lian Pek is bringing with her a wealth of experience which will certainly benefit the journalists and the channel as a whole.”
Pek says, “I’m delighted to be joining Channel NewsAsia as it guns for bigger and better. I look forward to working with the team to give Asia a more distinctive voice and make CNA the go-to channel in the region.”
Pek joins Channel NewsAsia after a distinguished career in news and current affairs, having held leading editorial and anchor positions at international news organizations such as CNN International, Bloomberg Financial News and Aljazeera English. Besides broadcast news, Pek is recognised for her award-winning work in the documentary and film space. She started her career at the then Television Corporation of Singapore, where she launched and anchored its first daily business news bulletin.
Pek received her B.A. (Hons) in English from the National University of Singapore under scholarship from the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation. She also holds an M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of London.
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About Channel NewsAsia
Channel NewsAsia Singapore was established in March 1999 by MediaCorp, and is an English language Asian TV News channel. It reports on global developments with Asian perspectives. Channel NewsAsia brings viewers not only the latest news but also the stories behind the headlines. Based in Singapore, it has correspondents in major Asian cities and key Western ones, including New York, Washington D.C, London and Brussels. It is fully complemented by a strong online presence at channelnewsasia.com, which provides a premier source of real time news, videos, information and entertainment features.
Channel NewsAsia (International), was launched in September 2000, as the international broadcasting arm of Channel NewsAsia Singapore. It is now viewed in 24 territories across Asia. The satellite footprint of the channel stretches across the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and Australia.
Channel NewsAsia's other key business is the production of news and current affairs content in four languages, English, Malay, Tamil and Chinese. This content is produced for MediaCorp's television and online platforms, such as mass entertainment Channels 5, 8, U, and niche language channels, Suria and Vasantham. MediaCorp is Singapore’s leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies, digital and out-of-home media.
For more information, please visit Channel NewsAsia’s website at channelnewsasia.com.