Singapore, 27 November 2013 --- Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), is honoured with the Enterprise Award at the Business China Award 2013.
The award was presented by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong this evening at the Compass Ballroom, Resorts World Sentosa. The Business China Awards aim to honour outstanding businessmen, entrepreneurs, professionals and organisations for their successes and contributions to Singapore-China relations as well as the appreciation of the Chinese language and culture.
Lianhe Zaobao was honoured for its significant contributions towards the strengthening of bilateral ties between Singapore and China by providing a platform for bilateral exchange and knowledge sharing in the two countries.
With a history of 90 years, Lianhe Zaobao is one of the longest surviving Chinese newspapers in the world. The print and digital editions of Lianhe Zaobao reach out to about 750,000 local readers.
Its online edition zaobao.com, which was launched in August 1995, commands a visitorship of more than 10 million readers monthly, and daily page views exceeding 4 million. It has generated a strong following of Chinese readers who could read international and Singapore news from a non-Chinese perspective. The high readership shows that it has fostered better understanding of Singapore amongst the Chinese readers.
In addition, the Chinese daily has also launched its iPhone and Android smartphone apps to stay in the forefront of new media.
Highly regarded in the region and Asia, Lianhe Zaobao's articles are often quoted in Chinese newspapers in the region. In order to produce first-hand news reports on China, Lianhe Zaobao has based its journalists in bureaus in China’s main cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing. The team of Zaobao journalists in China has received recognition from the Chinese government for their professionalism and dedication.
In 2011, Ms Han Yong Hong, then Beijing bureau chief of Lianhe Zaobao, clinched the Business China Young Achiever Award. She was the only Southeast Asian reporter who was permitted to enter Tibet to cover the Lhasa riot.
Lianhe Zaobao has played the pivotal role of an information medium between Singapore and China, and facilitated both countries in learning more about each others' developments and happenings. The print version of Lianhe Zaobao created a Zaobao China section which covers various aspects of China. Its online version has sections such as China Finance and China Invest which provide local and Chinese businessmen with essential financial news.
In 2009, Lianhe Zaobao launched Crossroads, a weekly section which focused on news and issues of concern to new immigrants, covering current affairs, career, education and law, as well as lifestyle topics like arts and culture.
Mr Goh Sin Teck, Editor of Lianhe Zaobao, said: "Lianhe Zaobao, a brand name which is synonymous with Singapore, reflects the voices of Singaporeans. Although it is deeply rooted in Singapore, its website zaobao.com targets international Chinese readers. When we report on the region, including China, we adopt an independent, detached and Singaporean perspective. That is our value to all readers, both local or overseas."
On Lianhe Zaobao receiving the award, Mr Goh said: "A newspaper is a product of teamwork and collective wisdom. This award goes to my team in Zaobao, especially my colleagues, past and present, from the China desk and at zaobao.com, as well as the many correspondents who are based in the Greater China region over the years. Mr Lim Jim Koon, who was Zaobao's Editor for the past 18 years, deserves special credit for setting the tone and laying the strong foundation in how we report on China."
Lianhe Zaobao celebrated its 90th anniversary this year with a host of activities to engage its readers. These events include a volunteer reading programme in the library, tree-planting day, complimentary health checks, photos and comics exhibitions, an outdoor arts performance and readers' promotions. It also launched its new portal zaobao.sg for local readers last week.
Two other recipients were honoured at the Business China Awards 2013. Mr Liang Baohua, Member of the Standing Committee, the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Former Secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, received the Business China Excellence Award and Mr Charles Wong, CEO of Charles & Keith Group, received the Business China Young Achiever Award.
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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.
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.
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.
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