Singapore, 1 June 2011 – Tamil Murasu, a Singapore Press Holdings publication, will have a new editor from today (June 1). Mr Jawharilal Rajendran takes over the helm from Ms Nirmala Murugaian, who has been editor since 2005.
Mr Rajendran began his journalism career in 1981 as a reporter with the Straits Times before moving to The New Paper in 1991, holding various supervisory roles in his 14 years there. He was appointed Tamil Murasu's deputy editor in 2006 and two years later helped launch tabla!, a weekly English paper for the Indian community. tabla! is part of Tamil Murasu Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings.
Said Mr Rajendran: “Tamil Murasu is 75 years old and an institution in the Tamil community. I am deeply honoured by the appointment. One of my biggest challenges is to plug into a generation that is growing up with Facebook and Twitter while remaining relevant to older readers who want nothing to do with either. I have my work cut out for me.”
Ms Murugaian, who will be involved in a book project for Tamil Murasu before returning to the English and Malay Newspapers Division, said: "It's been a privilege to be editor of Tamil Murasu for almost six years and to see circulation grow to new highs. I must thank TM readers for their tremendous support."
Associate Editor G. Krishnan, a lawyer by training, will step up to be Tamil Murasu’s deputy editor.
Mr Patrick Daniel, Director of Tamil Murasu Ltd and Editor-in-Chief of SPH's English and Malay newspapers, said: "I must place on record our thanks to Nirmala for the great job she's done in taking Tamil Murasu to where it is today – a profitable paper that is well supported by the community. I also have every confidence that Rajendran will take TM to fresh heights."
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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 18,000 copies on weekdays and 26,000 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) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
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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 Chinese 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. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.