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SPH wins "Most Transparent Company Award" for ten consecutive years at SIAS Investors' Choice Awards 2013

SINGAPORE, 8 November 2013 – Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) received the Most Transparent Company Award in the Services category at the 14th Securities Investors Association (Singapore) (SIAS) Investors' Choice Awards 2013 tonight. This is SPH's 10th consecutive award.* 

Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport, Mrs Josephine Teo, was the event’s Guest-of-Honour.


Seven SPH journalists also received awards for their editorial excellenceThis is the most number of journalistic awards that SPH has ever received at the SIAS Investors' Choice Awards since its inception in the year 2000, with seven out of the nine journalists receiving awards coming from SPH. The Sunday Times Invest Section also received an award for Media Excellence in Community Investor Education. 

1) Ms Andrea Soh (Journalist, The Business Times) – Most Promising Journalist of the Year Award (Winner)


2) Mr Cheow Kai Jian (Journalist, Lianhe Zaobao) - Most Promising Journalist of the Year Award (Winner)

3) Ms Rachel Scully (Journalist, The Straits Times) - Most Promising Journalist of the Year Award (Special Award) 

4) Mr Cai Haoxiang (Correspondent, The Business Times) – Investor Education Journalist of the Year Award 


5) Mr Goh Eng Yeow (Senior Correspondent, The Straits Times) - Outstanding Commentaries Award

6) Mr Kenneth Lim (Correspondent, The Business Times) – Special Award

7) Ms Teh Hooi Ling (Former Senior Correspondent, The Business Times) - Investor Education Journalist of the Year Award (Special Award)

8) The Sunday Times Invest Section (The Straits Times) - Media Excellence in Community Investor Education Award


Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer of SPH, said: “I am delighted that SPH has been awarded the Most Transparent Company Award at the 14th SIAS Investors' Choice Award. Winning this award for ten consecutive years is a testament of the investment community’s confidence in the board, management and staff of SPH. By adhering and maintaining a high standard of corporate governance and transparency, we help our investors gain a good understanding of our company’s operations and strategies, while earning their trust and support at the same time.” 


He added: “I am also pleased that our journalists have once again been recognised for their editorial excellence. Their passion and dedication to their profession have been rewarded and I would like to congratulate them on their achievements.”

SIAS, a non-profit organisation, is the largest investor lobby group in Asia, with almost 70,000 retail investors as members. It actively promotes Investor Education, Corporate Transparency and Corporate Governance, and is the watchdog for investor rights. It launched the “Most Transparent Company Award” in 2000 to encourage public-listed companies to be more transparent so as to help investors make informed decisions on their investments. 


* SIAS revised SPH's classification from Non-Electronics Manufacturing category to Services category. 


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For more information, please contact:

Ms Chin Soo Fang 
Head
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1216

Email: 
soofang@sph.com.sg

Mr Gary Yeo
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1225
Email: 
garyyeo@sph.com.sg


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.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 
SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 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. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 300 million page views with 20 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, 
omy.sg and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.

Broadcasting
In the radio business, SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. 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. 

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO. 

Properties
SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. 


The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:

· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore. 

The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. 

For more information, please visit 
www.sph.com.sg