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Astro Awani
Launched Indonesia June 15 2006
MalaysiaSeptember 6 2007
Owned by Astro All Asia Networks
Picture format 576i (SDTV 4:3)
Slogan Berita Sebenar Dimensi
Country Malaysia Malaysia
Language Malay
Broadcast area Malaysia Malaysia
Brunei Brunei
Indonesia Indonesia
Formerly called Astro News (2002-2007)
Bloomberg RIA News (2000-2004)
Replaced Astro News (2007-2009, local only)
Website Astro Awani
Astro Channel 501

Astro Awani is the in-house rolling television news and current affairs channel providing 24-hour news coverage including the latest breaking news in Malay. With its slogan "Our Gateway to The World" (Malay language: Gerbang Dunia Kita), Astro Awani presents the latest news and informative programs include current affairs, lifestyle, documentaries, interview programs and a local and international magazine[1]. Astro Awani started broadcasting on September 6, 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 a wide range of resources and global bureaux provided by the Malaysian government, such as reporters from BERNAMA.



In 2002, the channel existed as Astro News. During that time, it carried programming from Al Jazeera, BBC World, CCTV-9, Eurosport News, the Australia Network 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, and DW-TV had taken a full time slot until the Astro News channel ceased transmission on March 1, 2009. Eurosport News is still airing as programme fillers on Astro SuperSport since circa 2003. Also in existence since 2000 is Bloomberg RIA News, as well as Bloomberg Malaysia, a joint production between Bloomberg Television and Astro. This had already dissolved in 2004, and Berita Astro started broadcasting on 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 on Astro AEC, Malay on Astro Ria and Tamil on Astro Vaanavil. The English news was also aired on Astro Prima. Between then and February 2008, Bernama took over the full half-hour production pending a revamp of the internal news team at Astro. Astro Awani was first launched on June 2006 in Indonesia by a joint venture between Astro[2][3] and India-based NDTV.

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]. Commenting on it, Prannoy Roy said:

This is a landmark for NDTV. For India's media industry this is the first time that an Indian company has launched a news and infotainment channel outside India in partnership with an international media company. We regard this as one our most exciting new ventures and look forward to launching many more channels outside India in the future.

Nelia Sutrisno, CEO of PT Direct Vision, said that:

Astro Awani has been launched to provide incisive, up-to-the-minute news, lifestyle, debate, current affairs and infotainment to discerning viewers in Indonesia. By partnering with NDTV, we've ensured that we bring nothing less than the best practices in news gathering and infotainment programming to our viewers.

On September 6, 2007, Astro Awani was launched in Malaysia, at the Palace of Golden Horses[4]. NDTV Group CEO KVL Narayan Rao said of it:

NDTV's association with Astro has had a great start last year, with the success of Astro Awani in Indonesia. Now, we are delighted to come together again and provide viewers in Malaysia with a comprehensive look at news and topical issues. The channel is a tribute to NDTV's long standing commitment to delivering in-depth news and information-based programming.

Rohana Rozhan, CEO of Astro added that:

From our observations, our customers want higher quality content in a form that is international news presented from a local perspective. To fulfil this demand, we are proud to introduce Astro Awani. It will feature global news, events and issues from a Malaysian perspective, and will be presented in the national language.

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


Astro Awani is encrypted on the MEASAT satellites carrying Astro.

Regular presenters

When elections, either national or international, take place, Astro edits its schedule to focus on them. Recent examples have been the Malaysian Elections of 2008 and the UMNO Elections of 2009.

Notable Personalities

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