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Charles Hodson

Charles Hodson anchors CNN International's twice-daily programme 'World Business Today'. Two editions of this in-depth programme - both in Asia primetime - round up the day’s business and financial market news and include keynote interviews with major business players and updates on Asian, European and US stock markets.

During his time with CNN's London news team, Hodson interviewed some of the world’s most powerful people, including the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde and Ghanaian President John Kufuor. He has interviewed heads of leading European banking institutions such as European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet and HSBC Chairman Stephen Green, and CEOs from the business world including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Virgin Chairman Sir Richard Branson and former Porsche President and CEO Dr Wendelin Wiedeking.

In January 1995 Hodson joined CNN International’s flagship business programme ‘World Business Today’ as financial news correspondent reporting on business and financial activity in Europe. In 1997 he anchored CNN’s ‘Pinnacle Europe’, a series of 50 programmes profiling corporate leaders. In 1999 he subsequently moved to launch ‘World Business This Morning’, a key component of CNN’s ongoing regionalisation strategy to bring locally produced programming to the European marketplace. Later on that year, Hodson returned to ‘World Business Today’ to take over as anchor.

Hodson has travelled extensively to cover economic and corporate stories and summits including the G20, G7, EU, OPEC, WTO, ILO, IMF and World Bank meetings; the World Economic Forum in Davos and the CeBIT IT fair in Hanover, Germany.

Before joining CNN, Hodson was Europe Correspondent for ITN's 'Channel Four Daily'. He began his career as a BBC News trainee and then worked for BBC News in Brussels. In 1982 he joined ITN to set up Channel 4 News and spent 10 years with the company as domestic and then European reporter, helping ITN earn two Royal Television Society team awards for its coverage of the 1984-85 UK miners’ strike and the 1985 riots in the London district of Tottenham. He then moved to Berlin and presented Deutsche Welle TV's English-language programme 'Journal'.

A native of the United Kingdom, Hodson studied at Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford University. He holds a bachelor degree in politics and economics and is fluent in German and French.

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