AWANI Tonight, your bite-sized daily newsbrief, debuts on Feb 1.
In a first for a local channel, Astro’s AWANI Tonight aims to be the final news capsule to round off the day at 9.45pm from Mondays to Fridays.
The English news programme promises to pack all the news that matter with facts, insights, and bite-sized analysis behind major headlines of the day in a 15-minute power-packed segment.
Anchored by award-winning journalist Cynthia Ng, the programme is a welcome respite in this age of news overload.
Cynthia says, “AWANI Tonight aims to cut through the noise, ask pertinent questions of major news of the day so that our audience is well-equipped with information they need to evaluate and form their opinions.”
She has done in-depth interviews with top newsmakers and influential leaders including a rare interview with Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah in conjunction with His Majesty’s coronation as Malaysia’s 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong; and with Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of International Monetary Fund.
Ashwad Ismail, Head and Editor-in-Chief of Astro AWANI, said,“One of the reasons behind this effort is to address the current need for concise news. Astro AWANI’s reputation as the nation’s most trusted news brand pushes us to provide coverage that is impartial, credible and reliable. AWANI Tonight is also part of our commitment to enhance our English content offering, having built reputable news commentary such as Consider This hosted by Melisa Idris and Sharaad Kuttan. Building on the success of Consider This, which recorded 4.8 million unique viewers in 2020, I trust that AWANI Tonight will take it further as we are placing it prior to our news commentary programme and keeping it succinctly timed at 15 minutes.”
AWANI Tonight is on Astro AWANI (CH 501), Astro GO, Astro AWANI website and app.
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