35 Years in International Television & Journalism


Jim Laurie has been a media professional for nearly 50 years. He heads the consulting and production company Focus Asia Productions Ltd., in Hong Kong. In that role he provides media consulting services around the world. Before moving into television news channel management and multi-media program development in 2000, 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 two 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 for China Central Television and China Global Television (CGTN) in Beijing, CGTN America (formerly CCTV America) in Washington D.C., the Al Jazeera English News Channel Asia operations in Kuala Lumpur, the Times Now channel in Mumbai, and the Aaj Tak Channel in Delhi. The firm has provided training services to CNNI, Bloomberg, and CNBC. Laurie is currently an outside consultant advising on the 2019 launch of a new Chinese production center at Chiswick Park in London   [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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