My last, and defining, experience of New York was an intense two weeks covering 9/11 for Channel 4 News.Back at CNBC in Singapore in early 2002 I re-acquainted myself with the world of Asian business before heading to Kuala Lumpur in late 2005 to join a feisty start-up called Al Jazeera English. For seven years I interviewed world leaders, travelled extensively, launched and hosted the Asia-focused “101 East”, fronted “Inside Iraq” and “Inside Syria” and played a part in anchoring pretty much every major event in global news, live from the KL twin towers and, latterly, the Doha news centre.I returned to Singapore in 2013 to renew my affair with the region that I now consider home, spending three years at Channel News Asia launching and anchoring the nightly current affairs talk show “Between The Lines”.Today I host the channel’s flagship live debate show “Perspectives” as well as moderating panel debates and speaking at conferences and industry events.
My career began in London in the mid-1980’s, the era of manual typewriters and land-line telephones,when the internet was still a military plaything and Tim Berners-Lee was just starting to conceive the elements of the world wide web. As a cub reporter on a weekly newspaper called “Money Marketing” , a weekly publication for the financial industry, I learned the basic skills of finding stories, interviewing contacts and writing to a deadline. My love-affair with Asia began in Hong Kong in 1990. After a year covering the stock market beat for The Hong Kong Standard. Metro News Radio gave me my first taste of broadcast, and at the end of 1993 the launch of Asia Business News in Singapore introduced me to a life on camera. Moving back to London in 1995 I helped start up European Business News (both those stations soon absorbed by CNBC) before joining the BBC where I presented business and world news as well as doing shifts on World Service Radio and the newly-launched BBC News 24.Then came New York - a frustrating stint in the documentary business and a wild year at CNN making films about the riseand crash of the dot-com phenomenon.