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Tamil Murasu to unveil new look at 75th Anniversary Concert

Singapore, 25 August 2010 – President S R Nathan will unveil the new look for Tamil Murasu, Singapore's national Tamil language daily, at its 75th anniversary concert on Saturday, 4 September at the University Cultural Centre (UCC) of National University of Singapore (NUS) at 6pm.

The concert, called the “Tamils in Nation Building Concert”, will feature a medley of songs from yesteryear, exhilarating drum performances, traditional folk dances and fire displays. There will also be special commissioned segments to showcase the contributions of the Tamils and Tamil Murasu towards nation building, and demonstrate the confidence of the community in the face of new global challenges.

At 75, Tamil Murasu is one of the oldest Tamil newspapers in the world. Founded in 1935 by G Sarangapany, a Singaporean Indian business leader, the paper has grown from a circulation of about 200 copies in the founding years to its current average of 13,000 on weekdays and 20,000 on Sundays. It was bought by Singapore Press Holdings in 1996.

On 6 July this year, the actual anniversary date of its founding, a bumper anniversary issue of Tamil Murasu - sponsored by Mini Environment Service, a company which builds worker dormitories - was distributed free to its readers.

Tamil Murasu has established itself as a voice for the Tamil-speaking community in Singapore. It is one of the main information sources for the community with its wide-ranging coverage of local and foreign news, current affairs as well as sports and entertainment. The paper is also known for its coverage of Tamil Nadu news.

To serve the wider Indian community better, Tamil Murasu introduced tabla!, a free English language weekly, in Oct 2008. The paper, aimed at catering to the needs of the growing Indian diaspora in Singapore, circulates 30,000 copies on Fridays.

Tickets to the “Tamils in Nation Building Concert” are available at $100, $50 and $20 and can be purchased from:

Jothi Stores – 1 Campbell Lane
Gayathri Restaurant – 122 Race Course Road
Madras New Woodlands Restaurant – 12 Upp Dickson Road
Ceylon Sports Club – 101 Balestier Road

For more information, please call 63914516 or visit www.trc.org.sg


Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E



For more information, please contact:

Ms Selina Esther Lim
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1872
Email:
limyl@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 79 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.


Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 225 million pageviews with 14 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy.sg, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video-on-demand clips.


Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Mandarin and 91.3FM in English.


Events and Outdoor Advertising
SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company.


Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.



About Tamil Murasu

Tamil Murasu was founded in 1935 by the late G Sarangapany. In 1996, SPH acquired Tamil Murasu with Times Publishing owning a minority stake, and in March 2004, the daily became wholly-owned by SPH. To broaden its reach, Tamil Murasu underwent two major revamps – one in 1999 and another in 2005, to beef up its coverage of local and foreign news, as well as sports and entertainment. With an average daily circulation of 13,000 copies on weekdays and 20,000 on weekends, Tamil Murasu now gives readers a daily dose of "something for everyone".