CNBC announced plans to strengthen its Hong Kong operations with a number of senior moves and hires within its editorial division.
Anchor Akiko Fujita moves from the networksâ€™ Asia Headquarters in Singapore to join Bernie Lo to host CNBCâ€™s flagship morning show, Squawk Box.
Squawk Box sets the news agenda in the region every day, bringing viewers news and views from the top CEOs, asset managers and newsmakers as Asian markets open for trade. With more than a decade of experience, Akiko has covered some of the biggest stories across Asia and the US. Prior to joining CNBC, Fujita was a Tokyo-based correspondent for ABC News.
In addition, Uptin Saiidi will move from Singapore to CNBCâ€™s Hong Kong news room. As a multimedia journalist, Saiidi fronts many of the network’s digital video series available across CNBCâ€™s digital and social platforms. He will be responsible for telling the Hong Kong business story to CNBCâ€™s rapidly growing aspirational audience on digital and social.
The network also announced the appointment of Kelly Gerard Olsen as market correspondent. Olsen will join the Hong Kong office as the newest member of CNBCâ€™s digital team and report directly to Asia Pacific editor, Everett Rosenfeld. Prior to joining CNBC, she was the news editor and deputy bureau chief of Agence France-Presse in Tokyo.
Roshan Vaswani, CNBC head of APAC news & programming said: â€śWith China taking steps to open up its economy and implement financial reforms, interest in the Chinese market has increased exponentially around the world. In order to serve our audiencesâ€™ growing appetite and interest in China, weâ€™re stepping up our commitment to Hong Kong and the China story to ensure we remain first in class.â€ť
Earlier in February, Yolande Chee, CNBCâ€™s senior booker and producer, joined the Hong Kong news desk from the networkâ€™s Sydney bureau.