Astro Awani

Astro Awani is a Malaysian pay television news channel. Its programming consists of news and programs, including current affairs, lifestyle, documentaries, interview programs and a local and international magazine.[1] The channel was launched on 6 September 2007 as part of the revamp of Astro's news division. It is targeted at Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.

Astro Awani
Launched15 June 2006
Owned byAstro All Asia Networks
Picture format4:3 576i (SDTV)
SloganBerita Segenap Dimensi
Broadcast areaMalaysia
HeadquartersBangunan Bursa Malaysia,Persiaran Maybank, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Formerly calledAstro News
Bloomberg RIA News
ReplacedAstro News
Bloomberg RIA News
AstroChannel 501 (SD)
Channel 501 (SD)
NJOIChannel 501 (SD)
Astro Indonesia
Channel 501 (SD)


In 2002, the channel was launched as Astro News. During that time, it carried programming from Al Jazeera (broadcast in Arabic with live Malaysian dubbing), BBC World, CCTV-9, Eurosport News, the Australia Network and Deutsche Welle. It also aired Astro News, a half-hour locally produced news program.

The five networks carried on that channel were since available separately. Until February 2007, Astro News was co-produced with the national news agency Bernama. 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.

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.

On 6 September 2007, Astro Awani was launched in Malaysia, at the Palace of Golden Horses.[4] In June 2018, Astro Awani was named the “most trusted” Malaysian source of news by The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018.[5]

Regular presenters

Notable personalities

  • Ibrahim Sani
  • Ashwad Ismail
  • Kamarul Bahrin Haron
  • Marlina Manaf
  • Cynthia Ng
  • Asyraf Hasnan
  • Rizal Zulkapli
  • Hafiz Marzukhi
  • Hakim Rahman
  • Hilal Azmi


See also


  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. 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".
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