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SPH appoints new head for its Chinese Newspapers Division and Group’s newspaper services

Singapore, 26th January 2004 - Singapore Press Holdings today announced the appointment of Mr Robin Hu Yee Cheng as Executive Vice President of its Chinese Newspapers and Newspapers Services divisions, effective from 1 February 2004.

Mr Hu, 45, a veteran of the technology sector with public and private sector experience in China, takes over from Senior Executive Vice President Chew Keng Juea, 64, who retires on 31 January 2004, after 24 years with the media group.

Mr Hu will oversee the Chinese Newspapers Division (CND), which publishes three Chinese newspapers (Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News), two student weeklies, two magazines and also produces the daily Channel U news bulletins, and the Newspaper Services Division (NSD) which is responsible for the printing and circulation of the Group´s 14 newspapers and foreign publications.

Said Mr Alan Chan, CEO of SPH: "Robin brings to SPH over 21 years of strategic and operational management experience.

“His varied experience and global business dealings, coupled with his extensive knowledge of strategic development and marketing, put him in a good stead to build on the success of our Chinese newspapers and help drive the Group´s foray into new ventures."

Mr Hu studied at the Chinese High School and National Junior College. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) in Mathematics from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of Wales in UK.

He was most recently managing director of global business in SingTel’s wholly-owned National Computer Systems Pte Ltd.

Mr Hu has worked in China for over six years from 1995 to 2001 and was among the first teams sent by the Economic Development Board to promote the Suzhou Industrial Park project. In 1995, he was made the Regional Director for China and Deputy Director of the Singapore Software Project Office in Suzhou and was the Industry and Investment Counsellor at the Singapore Embassy in Beijing in March 1998.

He became a technopreneur in 2000 when he joined the Beijing-based China, an Internet media company, as managing director. Before his China stints, he was with the Singapore National Computer Board for 12 years.

On his SPH appointment, Mr Hu said: "I am honoured to head the Chinese Newspapers Division, led by Lianhe Zaobao which has a rich 80-year-old history, and is highly regarded and well-read by the Chinese community in Singapore and the region, especially in China where is hugely popular.

“I look forward to working with the SPH management and teams in the Chinese newspapers and build on the strong foundation laid by Mr Chew with my industry experience to help strengthen the capabilities and presence of the Chinese newspaper business beyond Singapore."

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings

For more information, please contact:

Irene Ngoo
Assistant Vice President
Corporate Relations
Tel: 65-6319 1216
Fax: 65-6319 8150

About SPH
Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading news and information provider, offering quality content for print, Internet, TV and radio. It publishes 14 newspapers in the four official languages and six lifestyle periodicals. Everyday, 2.78 million individuals, or 90 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications while the online editions of its six main dailies enjoy some 120 million pageviews a month. SPH has ventured into the broadcast medium and operates two popular free-to-air TV channels, Channel U in Chinese and Channel i in English. It also operates two entertainment radio channels, UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English, under a joint venture company UnionWorks with NTUC Media.