CNA (TV network)
|Headquarters||Mediacorp Campus, Singapore|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Launched||1 March 1999|
|Former names||Channel NewsAsia|
|Digital terrestrial television||UHF CH 33 570MHz DVB-T2 Channel 6 (HD)|
|myFreeview (Malaysia)||UHF CH 33 570MHz DVB-T2 Channel 6 (HD) (Johor Only)|
|AsiaSat 7||3736 MHz|
|Thaicom 6||3760 H 30000|
|Thaicom 8||12604 V 30000|
|PSI (Thailand)||Channel 225|
|GMM Z (Thailand)||Channel 70|
|TransVision (Indonesia)||Channel 603|
|Astro (Malaysia)||Channel 515 (HD)|
|Sirius TV (Malaysia)||Testing Channel|
|Singtel TV (Singapura)||Channel 6 (HD)|
|Unifi TV (Malaysia)||Channel 611 (HD)|
|now TV (Hong Kong)||Channel 322|
|HKBN bbTV (Hong Kong)||Channel 734|
|Fetch TV (Australia)||Channel 186|
|meWATCH (Singapore feed)||Available on meWATCH website or mobile app|
|Unifi TV||On Demand (HyppPlay) playTV@Unifi|
CNA (an initialism of its former name, Channel NewsAsia) is a 24-hour multinational news television channel headquartered at the Mediacorp Campus in Queenstown, Singapore. It broadcasts free-to-air domestically and as a pay television channel to 29 territories across Asia and Oceania.
The network has been positioned as an alternative to Western-based international media in its presentation of news from "an Asian perspective". It is run by Mediacorp News Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of the Singapore's media conglomerate Mediacorp Pte Ltd.
Alongside its main focus as an English-language news television channel, CNA also broadcasts and produces news and current affairs content in Singapore's other official languages: Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Content is produced for Mediacorp's online platforms, with news bulletins made for and shown on the company's mass entertainment channels Suria, Channel 5, Channel U, Channel 8 and Vasantham in their respective languages.
CNA provides news broadcasts through its own domestic radio station. It also provides live streaming of world news through its official online portal, and its social media presence through Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter as well as apps for tablets and mobile devices to allow viewers to access content at any time.
Channel NewsAsia was launched on 1 March 1999 under the Television Corporation of Singapore. 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 other Asian countries on 28 September 2000.
In August 2012, CNA reached an agreement to be broadcast in Myanmar through satellite-TV operator Sky Net. 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.
On 21 January 2013, CNA underwent a major relaunch, introducing a new studio at the Marina Bay Financial Centre, an expansion in programming, and the new slogan "Understand Asia". With the changes, CNA added additional news and current affairs programmes focusing on business and the "dynamism and progress" of Asia, and added the new late-night newscast News Pulse (which would feature coverage of international headlines, predominantly involving the Americas and Europe) to expand into a 24-hour service. Managing Director Debra Soon explained that "as the locus of the world economy shifts towards Asia, we believe we are well positioned to deliver what we've been doing daily since 1999, and help audiences around the world better Understand Asia."
In July 2014, CNA opened its Vietnam bureau. 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.
On 26 May 2015, CNA began broadcasting in high definition. In July 2015, CNA's reach was placed at 58 million households in 26 countries. 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,
On 1 August 2018, CNA was launched on Astro in Malaysia. It stayed on Channel 533 and moved to Channel 515 on 1 April 2020.
In March 2019, Mediacorp announced that Channel NewsAsia would rebrand as "CNA" full-time, in an effort to abandon a "TV-centric" identity to emphasize its multi-platform operations. This would include the relaunch of its news radio station 938Now in as CNA Talk, and the upcoming citizen journalism initiative Tell CNA.
CNA's programs are transmitted into two separate broadcast feeds:
- Domestic - the channel's official feed providing 24-hour news, talk and lifestyle coverage. The Domestic feed also contains Singapore-only content including local public service videos, Mediacorp promos, sports content limited by rights agreement with international sporting organisations, and (as in most international channels with domestic feeds) the national anthem Majulah Singapura every 06:00 SST. CNA Domestic is available to Singapore viewers via over-the-air, StarHub Cable, Singtel TV, and Mediacorp's over-the-top streaming service meWATCH.
- International - almost identical to the Domestic feed, but also provides opt-outs during Domestic-only content and annual English commentary coverage of Singapore's National Day Parade every 9 August. The International feed is carried by most cable and satellite systems in Asia and, occasionally, in other parts of the world via livestreaming and (since 1 February 2019) on CNA's YouTube channel.
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