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Worldwide Exchange is a television business news program on CNBCmarker channels around the world. It is broadcast live from studios on three continents. The global program is anchored by Ross Westgate in Londonmarker, Christine Tan in Singaporemarker and one of a rotating team of anchors (including Brian Shactman, Julia Boorstin, Matt Nesto, Scott Wapner and Bertha Coombs) in New Yorkmarker. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera served as the U.S.-based anchor from the show's launch until 2007-10-19, after which Shactman filled the role as a regular until 2009. The program is produced by CNBC Europe in London.

Billed as "the first ever global business news broadcast", Worldwide Exchange began its broadcast on 2005-12-19, and is the first CNBC program to be jointly produced by three of the network's regional channels. It airs from 4am to 6am ET on CNBCmarker in the United States, 10am to noon CET on CNBC Europe, and 4pm to 6pm (with DST) or 5pm to 7pm (without DST) Hong Kongmarker/Singaporemarker/Taiwanmarker Time on CNBC Asia. As a result of the success of Worldwide Exchange, a second joint production, Capital Connection, debuted on CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia on 2007-03-26.

Worldwide Exchange replaced Wake Up Call, an early morning pre-market program on CNBC US; Morning Exchange, a mid-morning program on CNBC Europe; as well as Asia Market Wrap and CNBC Tonight on CNBC Asia, a daily wrap-up of the top business news in Asia.


The program begins with the three anchors introducing themselves from Asia, Europe, and United Statesmarker, respectively, along with the headlines from each continent. A round-up of trading in Europe and Asia follows (normally including a look at the FTSE CNBC Global 300 Index, which was launched on the show on 2006-09-18), along with a look at US stock futures. The top business stories in each continent are then narrated in turn.

The first half-hour also features the program's signature segment, the fast-paced "Global Stock Watch". Breaking news on European economic data is frequently covered 30 minutes into the show, and is followed by instant analysis with a guest. The remainder of the program consists largely of a mix of business headlines (which are repeated in the second hour), interviews with guests and issue-specific dispatches from CNBC reporters.

Two regular segments which appear towards the end of the broadcast are a preview of Squawk Box, (which immediately follows Worldwide Exchange in the US and Asia), and the "US Lookahead."

At the end of the broadcast, before the three anchors sign off, the U.S. anchor takes a final look at US stock futures if time permits.


Some of the regular segments on Worldwide Exchange include:

  • Global Stock Watch: This segment, seen after the first commercial break, begins with a summary of ongoing trading in the European markets, along the latest from CNBC Europe's reporters, followed by the final closing numbers in the Asian markets from a CNBC Asia reporter, and concluding with a look at the highlights of the U.S. corporate and economic diaries by the U.S. host. A second Global Stock Watch airs in the second hour as of mid-October 2007.
  • Nikkei Business Report: A review of the trading day in Japanmarker and highlights of that day's Japanese corporate and economic diaries. Reporters include Ken Moriyasu and Nozomu Kitadai.
  • India Business Report: A review of the trading day in Indiamarker and highlights of that day's Indian corporate and economic diaries. Reporters include Ayesha Faridi of CNBC-TV18.
  • Market Call: Seen during the second hour with a guest, who picks stocks from around the globe.
  • CEO Call: In this segment, all three anchors interview the CEO of a notable company.
  • U.S. Lookahead: A preview of the day's trading in the U.S. stock markets with a guest. Normally the last segment of the program.


Program producer CNBC Europe developed a new graphic style for the launch of the show on 2005-12-19, similar to that introduced across CNBC US on the same date. These graphics were initially used only on Worldwide Exchange, before being rolled out to all other CNBC Europe programs on 2006-09-18 and were used through 2008-01-04. The previous lower thirds, which were first used across CNBC US on 2006-12-19, were used on Worldwide Exchange (and all other CNBC Europe programs) from 2008-01-07 to 2009-07-24.

Market holidays

On European bank holidays, CNBC Asia has the option of producing the program instead, as occurred on 26 December 2007 and 24 March 2008. Alternatively, the show is simply not aired. When the US markets are closed for a holiday while the Asian and European markets are open, Worldwide Exchange is broadcast live from Asia and Europe (similar to Capital Connection), but is still relayed live on CNBC's US channel albeit without US presenters, as occurred on 3 September 2007. During some Asian holiday periods, no Asian presenters are featured, although it can still be seen in the region.

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External links

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