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., 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 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 for various international broadcasters and digital media operations.                  From 2009 through 2019, China Central Television and China Global Television (CGTN) in Beijing, Washington and London have engaged Focus Asia in various projects.  Jim Laurie and the firm have also provided services to 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.   [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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