Singapore, 2 September 2010 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) is honoured with the Distinguished Patron of the Arts award for the 18th consecutive year. It is the highest honour accorded to arts sponsors by the National Arts Council.
The 2010 Patron of the Arts Awards were presented by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications & the Arts, this evening at the School of the Arts.
SPH's major arts sponsorships cover a wide spectrum of genres. Through the SPH Gift of Music series, the company brings free concerts by national orchestras, young bands and local musicians to the public all around the island. SPH is also the Silver Anniversary Sponsor of the Singapore Dance Theatre, and a keen supporter of other arts and cultural activities.
In addition, SPH Foundation received the Friend of the Arts award. Set up in 2003, SPH Foundation has supported many arts events, including theatre productions such as To Kill a Mocking Bird and The Crab Flower Club by Toy Factory, as well as the Singapore Writers Festival, the most important event in Singapore's literary arts calendar.
Ms Ginney Lim, SPH's Executive Vice-President of Corporate Communications and General Manager of the SPH Foundation, said: "We are honoured to be recognised for the 18th consecutive year for our contributions to the Singapore arts scene. The Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award is a testimony of our role as a responsible corporate citizen in engaging minds and enriching lives through our support for the arts. Our concerted efforts to make arts accessible to the community through projects such as the SPH Gift of Music concert series, the SPH 25th Anniversary Gala Concert, as well as the Singapore Writers Festival, have enabled various home-grown arts groups to showcase their talent to Singaporeans from all walks of life."
Radio 100.3, a Chinese language radio station under SPH UnionWorks, a subsidiary of SPH, also received the Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award for its sponsorship of productions by Chinese theatre companies Drama Box and The Theatre Practice.
omy.sg, SPH's bilingual news and entertainment portal, received the Arts Supporter Award at a separate ceremony held on 31 August.
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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.
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.
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.