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Tamil Murasu Unveils New Look at 75th anniversary concert

Singapore, 4 September 2010Tamil Murasu, Singapore's national Tamil language daily, celebrated its 75th anniversary with a gala concert at the University Cultural Centre this evening.

President S R Nathan was the Guest-of-Honour for the “Tamils in Nation Building” concert, which featured a medley of songs from yesteryear, exhilarating drum performances, traditional folk dances and fire displays. There was also a video which showcased the contributions of the Tamils and Tamil Murasu towards nation building. The video was produced by The Straits Times RazorTV,

The concert attracted about 1,600 people from all walks of life, including community leaders, junior college students, beneficiaries from voluntary welfare organisations and avid readers of Tamil Murasu.

President Nathan also unveiled the new look for Tamil Murasu, which is brighter, bolder and of a more contemporary design. Tamil Murasu will don its new look, including a new masthead, starting Monday, 6 September 2010. With the revamp, there will be more colour pages and pictures. The layout will be more reader-friendly and readers can also look forward to increased pagination with more local content as well as coverage on South Asia.

Sections such as the cinema news will be beefed up, while regular columns on lifestyle, technology and health will be added. Young readers can look forward to more pages in the student tabloid, Maanavar Murasu, which is distributed as part of the main paper every Monday.

Ms Murugaian Nirmala , Editor of Tamil Murasu, said: “Not many people know that Singapore's Tamil Murasu is one of the oldest Tamil newspapers in the world. Tamil Murasu has come a long way in establishing itself as a trusted source of information for our readers. We will continue to build on this strength to engage our readers, as well as to preserve the Tamil language, especially among the younger generation.”

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.

Tamil Murasu has established itself as the voice of the Tamil-speaking community in Singapore. 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.


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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".

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. 
The Clementi Mall, SPH's latest retail mall, will be operational in 2011.