Singapore, 22 October 2010 – Singapore Press Holdings Limited ("SPH") has once again proved its prowess as the leading media company with a good showing in the Nielsen Media Index 2010 survey.
The latest annual Media Index report from The Nielsen Company released today showed SPH’s stable of multimedia platforms, including newspapers, online portals, magazines and radio, garnering strong support from Singaporeans. SPH's flagship newspapers, The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao, continued to lead the pack, while SPH Magazines' Her World stayed on top in its category.
Overall, newspapers continued to do well, with seven in 10 people reading newspapers on a daily basis. SPH’s English flagship newspaper, The Straits Times, maintained its lead as Singapore’s highest read daily newspaper with 36 per cent readership. The survey results also showed that three in five PMEBs (professionals/managers/executives/businessmen) read The Straits Times.
The New Paper remained stable at 13 per cent, with two in five readers from the younger group aged 15 - 29. The Business Times reached 3 per cent, with four in five readers who were PMEBs. My Paper also remained stable at 9 per cent.
Overall readership figures for Chinese newspapers remained stable, with SPH’s Chinese flagship, Lianhe Zaobao, topping the list with 15 per cent readership. Shin Min Daily News and Lianhe Wanbao were he second and third most read Chinese newspapers, respectively.
Vernacular titles Berita Harian and Tamil Murasu also continued to do well, with Tamil Murasu registering an increase in its readership.
The digital version of The Straits Times, www.straitstimes.com, gained more weekly readers to reach 6 per cent in readership, while the readership of the digital versions of other titles such as Lianhe Zaobao, The New Paper, The Business Times and My Paper all remained stable.
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd ("SPH Magazines"), a fully-owned subsidiary of SPH, retained its position as the Publisher of Choice in the magazines industry with its publications clinching several top spots.
Its flagship title, Her World, saw an impressive increase in its readership to 246,000, which further confirmed its position as Singapore’s No. 1 Women’s Magazine. Her World celebrated its 50th anniversary this year with a series of promotions and events, including introducing the mobile Her World Glass House which engaged the public at various locations around the island.
Another publication, Female, with year-on-year increases in readership, was the second most read women’s magazine, with a new readership of 158,000.
The readership for Men's Health also increased to a new high of 114,000 this year, making the title the undisputed leader in men’s magazines in Singapore.
In the home decor and design category, Home & Décor, Singapore's No. 1 Interior Design Magazine, saw its readership reach 102,000.
Other SPH Magazines' titles which did well in the survey included Shape and Simply Her.
SPH's English language radio station, 91.3FM, recorded the highest gain in listenership and was among the top five English radio stations in Singapore.
Mr Alan Chan, CEO of SPH, said: "SPH’s media platforms, including our newspapers and magazines, online portals and radio stations, have become an important part of Singaporeans' lives. We are pleased to know that our products are the top choice for many Singaporeans, both for news as well as for their lifestyle and entertainment needs. We will continue to improve on our performance and deliver products of the highest quality to our readers, listeners and advertisers."
For the report, The Nielsen Company surveyed 4,862 adults, and results were weighted by age, sex, race to represent the 3.86 million people living in Singapore aged 15 and above.
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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 15 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 leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising 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. The Clementi Mall, SPH's latest retail mall, will be operational in 2011.