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CNN's 'Mainsail' travels to Malaysia
Indiantelevision.com Team
(10 December 2004 5:00 pm)

This month CNN’s show Mainsail travels to Malaysia. Host Liz George visits the annual Raja Muda Regatta race, which stops at four of Malaysia’s top tourist spots including Penang and Langkawi. The show airs on 19 December at 6 pm with a repeat on 22 December at 7 pm and on 2 January 2005 at 6 pm.

The half-hour show begins with George interviewing Prince Abdullah of Malaysia, who talks about his vision for the future of yachting in the region. As founder of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, the Prince has been the driving force in developing this sport on the island, hoping it rivals against the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

At the Regatta, Mainsail profiles top boat owner Hong Kong billionaire Frank Pong and features his multi-million dollar new yacht Maiden Hong Kong. After years of hard work on building the yacht in Malaysia, Pong hopes his new sailboat is one of the fastest ever built to break records.

Meanwhile CNN's talk show Talk Asia brings viewers up close and personal with the founder and chairman of the Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson. Hosted from India, the show finds out how Sir Branson has achieved what most young professionals could only dream of - wealth and fame. The show airs on 11 December at 7 pm with repeats on 12 December at 5 pm and 8:30 pm and on 13 December at 9 am.

He said, “I’ve never thought of myself as a businessman. I was never interested in going into business. What I’ve always wanted to do was to create things that I can be proud of."

As one of Britain’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, Branson talks about how he continues to develop his wide-ranging businesses from magazines to music and airplanes to telecommunication companies. When asked about his secret to success, he states, “The important thing is to do the best in anything you do, throw yourself 100 per cent into it. If it’s successful, you can move onto the next thing. If it doesn’t work, you have to move onto the next thing and put whatever time you spent on the last thing behind you.”

Additionally, he unveils plans to launch spatial tours charged at $200,000 per person on Virgin Galactic Airways. “We’re building 5 spaceships and they will be ready to go into space in two and a half to three years time." During the interview, the tycoon also discusses his business strategies in India and China, his childhood schooling experiences, and his personal life.

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