Singapore, 29 October 2014 - The Straits Times (ST), the English-language flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH), will launch another regional edition - in Brunei tomorrow(Thursday, 30 Oct 2014). The All-in-One Straits Times package consisting of the print edition and full digital access via online, tablets and smartphones, will also be introduced.
United Borneo Press (B) Sdn Bhd has been licensed to print and distribute 2,500 of The Straits Times Brunei daily, including The Sunday Times, which is available at B$1 a copy.
The Straits Times, which celebrates its 170th anniversary in July 2015, is the most-read newspaper in Singapore. It provides comprehensive coverage of local, regional and international news. It has 20 bureaus in major cities worldwide, with its correspondents providing a global perspective on what is happening around the world - in print and online (www.straitstimes.com).
The newspaper will be available in the capital city Brunei Darussalam, focusing on both local and foreign businessmen. Copies will also be circulated to ministries, businesses, major hotels, airlines, bookshops and supermarkets.
The Brunei edition comes six month after The Straits Times launched its Myanmar edition in March this year, with a daily circulation of 5,000 copies printed in English, making it the largest circulating international newspaper in that country.
Mr Chua Wee Phong, Executive Vice-President of SPH Circulation, Dato Paduka Lim Beng Thai, Chairman, United Daily News (B) Sdn Bhd and Mr Sim Yong Liang, Managing Director, United Borneo Press (B) Sdn Bhd, will launch the Brunei edition at Parkview Hotel in Brunei Darussalam on Oct 30. This launch event will be witnessed by His Excellency Jaya Ratnam, Singapore High Commissioner to Brunei.
Said Mr Chua: "The launch of The Straits Times in Brunei, together with a digital access package, will keep readers informed of important news events in the world, the region and in Singapore. This caters to readers' varying news consumption preferences anytime, anywhere; beyond the constraints of geographical boundaries."
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About The Straits Times
The Straits Times is the English-language flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings and the most-read newspaper in Singapore. It was launched on July 15, 1845, and provides comprehensive coverage of local, regional and international news. It has 20 bureaus in major cities worldwide, with its correspondents providing a Singapore perspective on what is happening around the world. Complementing the main title are weekly lifestyle supplements Digital Life, Urban and Mind Your Body, as well as IN and Little Red Dot for students.
The Straits Times is also on digital platforms with its website at www.straitstimes.com. It also has ioS and Android apps, and a menu of e-books housed in a separate Straits Times Star app.
The Straits Times has won multiple international awards, including from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (Panpa) and Society of News Design. It was named Singapore Newspaper of the Year 2014 and 2013 by Marketing magazine and voted Singapore’s favourite newspaper 2013 by Superbrands
Its website www.straitstimes.com won gold in “Best In Online Media” at the 2012 Wan-Ifra Asian Digital Media Awards. Its Communities microsites platform was named 2014 Digital Innovation of the Year award by Panpa, and got Gold in the Best in Social Media category at the 2013 Wan-Ifra Asian Digital Media Awards. About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is 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, 2.8 million individuals or 69 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, SPH's suite of digital products includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers 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 SPH Razor. Besides print, SPH newspapers are also available on online, smartphone and tablet platforms.
In the radio business, SPH Radio 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.
For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.