35 Years in International Television & Journalism


Jim Laurie has been a media professional for 50 years. He heads the consulting and production company Focus Asia Productions Ltd., headquartered in Hong Kong. In that role he provides media consulting services around the world.

In 2020 Laurie completed work on a new book, a memoir of the 1970's - "THE LAST HELICOPTER: Two Lives in Indochina.  See  http://www.jimlaurie.com/book

Before he moved into television news channel management and multi-media program development in 2000, Jim Laurie had a long career as a television journalist.

From 1972 to 2000, he reported first for NBC News and then ABC News. In Vietnam, he covered the end of the American War in 1975.  In China, he opened the first US network bureau in Beijing in 1981.  His work earned recognition through numerous awards including multiple television Emmys, a George Foster Peabody Award, and an Overseas Press Club Award. Laurie has produced numerous documentaries and long form TV programs. From September 2005 to December 2011, he served as Director of Broadcasting at the Journalism and Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong. From 2000-2005, Laurie supervised news and current affairs in Asia for News Corp’s STAR-TV as it built TV channels in India.

Since 2005, Focus Asia Productions, has provided services including training and strategic planning for various international broadcasters and digital media operations. Jim Laurie and FocusAsia have engaged in projects with BBC World News, Al Jazeera English News Channel Asia operations in Kuala Lumpur, the Times Now channel in Mumbai, the Aaj Tak Channel in Delhi, CNNI, Bloomberg News, CNBC, Xinhua, and CGTN.   [See full Biography]



Right hand corner VIDEO: Forty nine seconds of oldies but goodies: Jim on camera from 1975 to 2000. 

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