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SPH Realigns Directory Search Business

Singapore, 22 October 2010 - Following a review of its online portfolio, SPH has decided to realign its Singapore directory search business to achieve better synergy with its other digital offerings and achieve greater efficiency.

This entails relocating the bulk of the directory listings now managed by its subsidiary, SPH Search, under the brand name of Rednano, to various verticals within ST701, SPH's online classified portal. Rednano's mobile advertising offerings will be transferred to SPH's Internet Business Unit (IBU) so the latter can develop a full-fledged advertising network providing advertisers with not only display advertising but also a suite of mobile and other services.

With this consolidation, relevant directory listings can be shared across all SPH's online properties from ST701's Shop to Diva and Soshiok, resulting in wider exposure and more effective reach for directory advertisers. Similarly, mobile users and advertisers will be plugged onto IBU's extensive network covering everything from AsiaOne to Zaobao Online.

The entire exercise, which will lead to a more efficient pooling of SPH's sales and marketing effort as well as technological resources, is expected to be completed in about a month's time.

Ms Elsie Chua, Chairman of SPH Search and Executive Vice President of CATS Classified and ST701, said:"Players in the online world have to be nimble in adapting to rapidly changing business conditions to stay competitive. This is why we are realigning our directory search business. This realignment would give us greater focus on providing long tail advertisers and users with an integrated platform for classified and directory services."


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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.

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 leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising 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.