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BBC World News
News Anchor and Reporter

Rico M. Hizon is the news anchor of BBC World News´ daily business and finance program Asia Business Report and general news based Newsday live from Singapore and London, every weekday morning.

Produced out of Singapore, Asia Business Report offers viewers up to the minute economic and market news from the Asia-Pacific region, with in-depth analysis of the latest trends from the movers and shakers in the business world.

His reports have taken him all over the region from Hong Kong, to Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and the Philippines.

On NewsDay, Rico reports on the latest political and social issues from the people who make the news, and also a thorough viewpoint from more than 200 BBC correspondents around the world, and its impact on the global scene.

In his almost 25 years as a broadcast journalist he is the only South East Asian to work for two of the world’s most prestigious global news networks CNBC Business News and BBC World News.

He has interviewed personalities in the financial, political and sporting world from Microsoft´s Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer,  Air Asia's Tony Fernandes, Virgin´s Sir Richard Branson, billionaire Warren Buffet, Hedge Fund managers George Soros, and Mark Mobius, Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad, European Union President Jose Manuel Barroso, Nobel Prize Laureate Mohammad Yunus, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yughoyohono, U-S President Bill Clinton to Philippine President´s Fidel Ramos, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III.
In sports, he has interviewed celebrities such as World Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao, NBA Superstars Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill, David Robinson, top women golfers Michelle Wie and Lorena Ochoa.
In entertainment, Hollywood and Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, K-Pop phenomenon PSY, American Idol judge Steven Tyler, Musical stars Lea Salonga and Charice and pop music composer David Foster.

With keen interest in Asia’s booming economies and geo-political issues, Rico Hizon´s news programs on BBC World News are broadcast to more 300 million households worldwide.

His anchoring and reportorial responsibilities has also given him the honor to moderate and host some top global events -- the Clinton Global Initiative in Hong Kong (2009) and New York (2010). The Surrey Economic Summit in Vancouver, Canada (2010). The Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative in Singapore (2010) and Hanoi, Vietnam (2012). Frost and Sullivan ICT Awards in Singapore and Malaysia (2006-2012). Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards in Hong Kong (2001-2012). British Chamber of Commerce Awards in Singapore (2004-2005). British Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (Guest Speaker, 2011) and the 2012 WIKL Convention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Rico is a multi-awarded broadcast journalist. He garnered in 2012, the prestigious Rotary Club of Manila, Broadcast Journalist of the Year Award and was accorded a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Humanities by the University of Northeastern Philippines. In 2011, he was chosen one of Asia’s top news anchor’s at the Asian Television Awards. In 2010, People of the Year Awardee from People Asia Magazine. In 2009, a La Sallian Achievement Awardee for Global Journalism. In 2008, Presidential Awardee for excellence in International Journalism. In 2008, Bank of the Philippine Islands recognized Hizon for bringing honor and recognition to the Philippines with the BPinoy Award, and for advocating important Filipino values and principles. In 2006, he was awarded the The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award for International Journalism and Community Service.

Hizon, who studied journalism and business at De La Salle University, started his broadcast career at Manila-based GMA Network, from 1988 to 1995, where he was responsible for covering capital markets, banking and finance, real estate, investment and corporate developments. He anchored the daily business program, Business Today, GMA News Live and Stock Market Live from the trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Hizon then joined CNBC Asia in April 1995, based in Hong Kong and later in Singapore, where he was the main anchor of the morning edition of CNBC Today, Squawk Box, Market Watch and Power Lunch.




Kamarul Bahrin Haron
Anchor and Executive Editor, Astro Awani

Kamarul is the host of Astro Awani prime time talk show Agenda Awani. He goes on air every Monday to Thursday evening with experts to discuss international issues and topics from a local perspective. He is also the face of Awani current affairs chat show called Vantage Point.

Kamarul also anchors Astro Awani weekly round table on hot topic of the week show called Analisis Awani together with Suhaimi Sulaiman and Nazri Kahar. Analisis Awani was evolved from the very successful Analisis Pilihanraya 2008 and Malaysia Memilih 2013.

As an Executive Editor in Astro Awani, he charts, plans and supervises the editorial supremacy of the channel‟s news and current affairs content which now also leverages on multiple new media platforms.




Jason Lo
Music Artist, Music Producer, DJ and Entrepreneur

Jason Lo is a Malaysian music artist, music producer, DJ and entrepreneur. He is sometimes known by the nicknames "LO" and "J Lo". Lo was born in Kuching, Sarawak, to a Chinese father and Irish mother. He was educated in Singapore and the United Kingdom.

He graduated from the University of Hull with a BSc in Accounting, and then did an MBA in Finance at Webster Graduate School in London, before returning to Malaysia to pursue a career in the music industry.

In 1996, Lo recorded a ten-track demo in England with his band 'Sunday Man'. In 1997, he recorded another ten-track album with his renamed band 'Drop Circle'. In 1998, the band went their separate ways and Lo returned to Malaysia. Lo was the first Southeast Asian artist to reach the top 3 on Pepsi Top 20 international chart. His songs 'Evening News' and 'So Julie' were No. 1 on the Malaysian Top 10 for 7 and 5 weeks respectively. 'Evening News' was also included as a pre-loaded track on Creative Labs' original Creative NOMAD Jukebox for release in the U.S. Lo's music videos have had regional airplay on bothMTV Asia and Channel V. He has been a winner of the Asian People's Choice Award for Much Music Asia, and at the Malaysian MTV Music Video Awards. He has been nominated for six AIM Awards (local Malaysian music awards), and for MTV Viewers' Choice Awards.

He has headlined live events in Malaysia, and also been an opening act for top international touring bands includingDeep Purple, Good Charlotte and Big Country.Lo is also the CEO of his own record label and event promotion company, Fat Boys Records. Lo has also worked as a DJ at the Malaysian radio station, and been a TV talk show host on the show Latte@8 on 8TV in 2004. In 2006, Lo teamed-up with the Malaysian politician Khairy Jamaluddin (who he attended high school with in Singapore at the United World College of South East Asia) to produce the reality TVshow MyTeam. The show, which was televised on TV3, brought together a squad of unknown soccer players selected at trials held around Malaysia to form a team to take on the Malaysian national football team in an exhibition match.

 In December 2007, Lo was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Tune Talk, a no-frills mobile virtual network operator, owned by Tune Ventures Sdn Bhd, in which AirAsia Group Chief ExecutiveTony Fernandes holds a 40% stake. He also won Sarawak Youth Icon and Sports Award 2011 and Youth Icon – Entrepreneurship.


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