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CNBC Europe is a business and financial news television channel, the pan-European sister station of CNBCmarker. The network is owned and operated by NBC Universal and headquartered in Londonmarker, where it shares the Adrian Smith-designed 10 Fleet Place building with Dow Jones. As the most viewed pan-European financial TV channel according to the 2007 EMS survey, the broadcaster reaches over 100 million households across the continent.


CNBC Europe began broadcasts in March 1996, as a wholly owned subsidiary of NBC. On 9 December 1997, the channel announced that it would be merging with the Dow Jones news channel in Europe, European Business News. The merger took place in February 1998, upon which the channel then became known officially as "CNBC Europe - A Service of NBC and Dow Jones".

CNBC Europe has leaned generally on the U.S. CNBC on-air graphical look in the past. However in June 2003, it revamped a number of its programmes, taking many of them away from the U.S. formats. CNBC Europe re-launched its on-air image in September 2004, but instead of adapting the U.S. title sequences for programmes, designed all of its title sequences itself from scratch (while still using the U.S. music adopted in September 2003).

In July 2005, NBC Universal announced that it would be acquiring the Dow Jones stake in CNBC Europe, subject to required regulatory clearances. On 30 December 2005, CNBC Europe became a wholly owned subsidiary of NBC Universal. Dow Jones continues to provide content to the channel. On 1 January 2006, in line with this, the channel dropped the "A Service of NBC Universal and Dow Jones" tagline.

On 18 September 2006, CNBC Europe debuted a new graphics package, which is similar to that used by its U.S. counterpart (first seen in the United States on 19 December 2005). Like CNBC Asia (which debuted a new graphics package similar to CNBC U.S. and Europe on 30 October 2006), it elected to keep the previous theme music (CNBC Asia did so until March 2007). In addition, CNBC Europe also elected to keep its September 2004 opening titles for most programmes.

The channel adopted a new schedule on 26 March 2007 which included a new pan-regional programme, Capital Connection. New title sequences were given to Power Lunch Europe and Europe Tonight to coincide with changes to the form and content of those programmes, but unlike CNBC Asia, no other changes were made to the channel's on air look on this date (although Capital Connection uses CNBC Asia's new graphics as it is produced by that channel).

On 7 January 2008, the channel unveiled a revamped studio and new "lower thirds". The lower-third style is distinct to CNBC Europe, but has adopted some elements of the CNBC U.S. style.

On 29 September 2008 the channel dropped "Europe" from its on-screen name, returning to the CNBC brand it had previously used for a spell in the 1990s. This positioned the station in-line with its U.S. and Asian counterparts, which are also referred to simply as CNBC. Some minor on-screen changes were introduced to coincide with the rebrand.

On 1 December 2008, the channel relaunched its flagship programme Squawk Box Europe, with a new look not derived from CNBC US at all. A third line was added to the ticker detailing general news stories, and the (non-business) News Updates, which had been dropped some years previously, returned. [31921].

On 15 December 2008, the channel announced that long running show Power Lunch Europe would be removed on a temporary basis and be replaced, in the United Kingdommarker and Republic of Irelandmarker only, with a 12-week run of Strictly Money, a new programme focussing specifically on UK issues. This marks the creation of a new UK/Ireland opt-out for CNBC Europe. The new schedule will air from 12 January 2009.

CNBC Europe debuted a new lower thirds, which were completely different from its sister U.S. & Asian channels, on July 27, 2009.


Unlike its American sister station, CNBC Europe does not have its ratings measured on a daily basis: the channel resigned its membership of the UKmarker's BARB in September 2004 in protest at its refusal to incorporate out-of-home viewing into its audience figures. The network instead focuses its viewership measure strictly towards the top 20% income bracket, where figures are compiled as part of Synovate's European Media and Marketing Survey. CNBC Europe's monthly viewership has grown steadily from 1.7 million to 6.7 million in the decade since its 1998 merger with European Business News, with annual growth coming in at around 10%. Management considers CNBC Europe's operating costs as part of the marketing budget of General Electric, the channel's parent company.


European Business Day

Current programming

CNBC Europe produces live business day programming from 6h to 13h CET, from 17h to 18h, and from 19h to 20h. Broadcast live from London, the major business day programmes on CNBC Europe are:

CET WET Programme Hosts
Capital Connection*
Rebecca Meehan, Maura Fogarty
Squawk Box Europe
Geoff Cutmore, Louisa Bojesen, Steve Sedgwick
Worldwide Exchange
Brian Shactman, Ross Westgate, Christine Tan
Strictly Money (UK only)
Ross Westgate
European Closing Bell
Guy Johnson, Anna Martin
Europe Tonight
Guy Johnson, Anna Martin
*produced by CNBC Asia

During the business day, the CNBC Europe Ticker is displayed during both programmes and commercials, providing information on share prices from the leading European stock exchanges (this means that advertisements on CNBC Europe are formatted differently to those on most television channels, taking up only part of the screen). When programming from CNBC Asia is shown, that network's ticker is usually displayed. A stack (or bug) providing index and commodity prices was displayed in the bottom right hand corner of the screen until December 2005, when it was replaced with a strip across the top of the screen (in line with the other CNBC channels). The ticker was decreased in size at the same time.

Past programming

CNBC Europe's headquarters in Fleet Place, London.

Rebroadcasts of CNBC U.S. and CNBC Asia

In addition to its own programming, CNBC Europe also broadcasts live much of the business day programming from CNBC U.S.marker. The programmes Squawk on the Street, Street Signs and Closing Bell are broadcast in their entirety, as well as the final two hours of Squawk Box (for UK and Ireland viewers) and the first hour of Power Lunch. For a twelve-week period from 5 January 2009 Squawk Box will be broadcast in its entirety for continental European viewers. Kudlow & Company is not seen at the moment and The Call (formerly Morning Call) is rarely seen as the programme clashes with European Closing Bell, having been reduced to one hour in length. Fast Money and Mad Money have yet to be seen on the channel. While the U.S. markets are open, the CNBC Europe Ticker is modified to carry U.S. share prices. A break filler, consisting of HotBoards (CNBC's custom stock price graphs) is often broadcast during U.S. programming, owing to the increased number of advertising breaks. In addition, during the evening, Europe Update is broadcast during some U.S. ad breaks, during which Guy Johnson presents a short run down of the European closing prices.

Broadcasts of CNBC Asia's live programming have been scaled back in recent years as the channel has preferred to broadcast teleshopping and, more recently, poker programming overnight. Consequently, CNBC Asia's full morning line-up (from Squawk Australia through to CNBC's Cash Flow) is now seen only on late Sunday night/early Monday morning in Europe. On other weekdays, only Cash Flow is seen - both hours are aired when daylight saving time is in effect in Europe, with only the second hour broadcast at other times of the year.

Other programmes

Other daily programmes not produced by CNBC include NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, as well as NBC talk show The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. On Monday 1 June 2009 the final episode of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno aired on CNBC Europe, with the new Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien replacing it from Tuesday 2 June 2009 in the same time slots. Weekly programmes broadcast by the channel include Europe This Week, Asia Market Week, Australia This Week, World Business, The Leaders, Business Russia, Change Reaction and Business Arabia.

Since February 2008 weekend programming has featured a nine-hour CNBC Life strand, incorporating sports coverage such as PGA Tour golf, tennis and yachting under the heading of CNBC Sports, and travel programming produced by the Travel Channel. Programming from The Luxury Channel, news and current affairs broadcasts as well as The Tonight Show and Late Night also feature. The NBC News Sunday-morning interview show Meet the Press is also shown on the channel.

CNBC Europe also airs special programmes dedicated to the world of financial news and politics which appear less frequently, such as Questions for the Future, Squawk Outside the Box and Global Players with Sabine Christiansen.

The channel used to carry the 24 hour MSNBC news channel overnight and during the afternoon on American public holidays. These broadcasts are now replaced by standard weekend programming and on American public holidays by broadcasts of CNBC U.S. hour-long documentaries. However, MSNBC is still occasionally broadcast during significant events.

Extended programming

On U.S. bank holidays CNBC Europe broadcasts extended editions of Power Lunch Europe and European Closing Bell. The intervening two hours, between 1300 and 1500 CET, are now filled by rebroadcasts of CNBC USA documentaries. On European bank holidays which are regular working days in the United States, CNBC Europe broadcasts the entire CNBC U.S. business day schedule with CNBC Asia in charge of producing Worldwide Exchange for such times. However, this only happens on Boxing Day (St Stephens Day and Easter Monday.

Simulcasts outside Europe

All of CNBC Europe's weekday programmes can be seen in their entirety in the U.S. on CNBC World. Worldwide Exchange is also seen on CNBC's main channel in the U.S. Only Squawk Box Europe and Worldwide Exchange are regularly seen on CNBC Asia but the channel may occasionally draw some extended programming from Europe during U.S. holidays.

The CNBC Europe ticker is seen on CNBC World but not on CNBC Asia and CNBC U.S.


Current personalities

The personalities are based in London unless otherwise stated.

The station also uses reporters from its sister network Class CNBC for coverage of the Italian markets.

Past anchors and reporters


  • First In Business Worldwide (since 16 October 2006)
  • The World Leader in Business News (2006)
  • Profit from it (early 2000s).

Affiliate channels and partnerships

Generally CNBC Europe has not followed CNBC Asia's lead of broadcasting localised versions of its channels, preferring to concentrate on its pan-European feed. However there are a few exceptions.

There is a feed of CNBC Europe for Scandinavian countries called CNBC Nordic. It shows identical programmes to CNBC Europe but has a ticker focussing on Scandinavian stock exchanges.

The channel also operates a separate feed for the United Kingdom. Before late 2008 this was utilised only occasionally, usually for advertising purposes. The network has since begun to actively market the feed to potential advertisers, and has subsequently announced its first UK-specific programming, Strictly Money, which airs from 11am-12 noon UK time. Viewers in the Republic of Irelandmarker also receive this feed.

The following European channels also fall under the CNBC brand:
  • CNBC-e, the Turkishmarker version of CNBC. This is unique in the CNBC family, in that after business day hours, it broadcasts popular general entertainment programmes and films, plus children's programming from Nickelodeon. Owned and operated under license by Doğuş Holding.
  • Class CNBC (formerly CFN-CNBC), the Italianmarker version of the network, operated in conjunction with Class Editori and Mediaset.
  • CNBC Arabiya, the Arabic version of the channel. Owned and operated under license by Middle East Business News.
  • On 10 July 2007, CNBC Europe announced the creation of a new Polishmarker business channel, TVN CNBC Biznes, operated under license by TVN. The channel launched on 3 September, and shares resources with CNBC Europe through a permanent link to their London headquarters.

In December 2003, CNBC Europe signed an agreement with German television news channel N24 to provide regular updates from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Correspondents Silvia Wadhwa, Patricia Szarvas, Linda Behringer, Roland Klaus and Michael Mross report throughout the day in German. In June 2008 the channel also began producing thrice-daily video reports in German for the website of Focus magazine.

Other services

CNBC Europe is narrowcast in Londonmarker's black cabs on the Cabvision network.

The network provides mobile phone audio to users in Europe, accessible by dialling a local access number or calling a specific Emsat number. In addition to live audio streaming of the channel, the service also features recorded content such as CEO interviews and technical analysis.

Since 2005, CNBC Europe also produces a monthly magazine called CNBC European Business in conjunction with Ink Publishing. The magazine is aimed at senior businesspeople and business travellers.


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