Clinches 3 out of a possible 6 awards for being the best in print
Singapore, 25 April 2006 – Leading media group, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), emerged the biggest winner for the second consecutive year at Ifra´s Asia Media Awards, taking home 11 awards at a gala dinner in Kuala Lumpur this evening.
SPH´s English flagship daily, The Straits Times, led the winners with five awards across four categories, while Malay daily, Berita Harian, and The New Paper each won two awards.
The Business Times, and SPH Magazines´ Her World also won an award each.
Ifra is the world´s leading association for newspaper and media publishing, with more than 3,000 members from the industry around the world.
The Ifra Asia Media Awards is the publishing industry´s platform for recognising and rewarding excellence, creativity and innovation among newspapers and magazines in Asia and the Middle East.
In all, SPH clinched two golds, five silvers and four bronzes for overall excellence in Design, Infographics and Photography.
“We are truly proud and honoured to be recognized again by regional peers for our design excellence and outstanding print quality,” said a delighted Mr Alan Chan, CEO of SPH.
"I congratulate all our winners. The awards are testament to the efforts of our staff in the newsrooms and printing operations, who put their hearts and souls into making our newspapers and magazines better each and every day. It also reflects the depth of talent and creativity in SPH.”
SPH swept half of the six Asian Newspaper Colour Quality Awards, formerly known as the “Best in Print” awards.
Berita Harian and The Business Times were placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the category for newspapers with circulation below 100,000 copies, while The Straits Times won a bronze in the category for newspapers with circulation exceeding 100,000 copies.
“The competition from our counterparts in the region was very keen, and to have clinched three out of six Asian Newspaper Colour Quality Awards, for being the best in print is an outstanding performance, and one that we are exceedingly proud of,” said Mr Robin Hu, the Executive Vice President of SPH´s Newspaper Services Division.
SPH photographers also picked up the top three awards for Best in Photography in the Feature Photography category.
Here’s the full list of awards won by SPH newspapers and SPH Magazines :
|The Straits Times|
|1. Bronze||Asian Newspaper Colour Quality Award
(Weekday Circulation over 100,000)
|2. Bronze||Best in Newspaper Infographics
(Non Breaking News; Circulation over 100,000)
Winning entry: Library’s New Home
|3. Bronze||Best in Photography (General News)
Winning entry: Brick House (Wang Hui Fen)
|4. Gold||Best in Photography (Feature Photography)
Winning entry :
Ghostbuster (Wang Hui Fen)
|5. Silver||Best in Photography (Feature Photography)
Poppy (Terence Tan)
|6. Gold||Asian Newspaper Colour Quality Award
(Weekday Circulation below 100,000)
|7. Silver||Best in Newspaper Infographics
(Non Breaking News; Circulation below 100,000)
Winning entry: System to Detect Natural Disasters (Mohd Samad)
|The New Paper|
|8. Silver||Best in Newspaper Infographics (Non Breaking News; Circulation over 100,000)
Winning entry: Star Wars Package (Simon Ang & Jonathan Roberts)
|9. Bronze||Best in Photography (Feature Photography)
|The Business Times|
|10. Silver||Asian Newspaper Colour Quality Award
(Weekday Circulation below 100,000)
|11. Silver||Best in Magazine Design (Circulation over 50,000)|
The full list of Asia Media Award winners is in the attached Ifra release.
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Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading media company in Singapore, in the print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. It publishes 13 newspapers in the four official languages and more than 80 magazine titles. Everyday, 2.8 million individuals, or 88 per cent of the people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications. Its Internet Business Unit manages the online editions of SPH’s major newspapers, which enjoy over 100 million pageviews from 6 million unique visitors every month.
SPH also owns a 20% stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40% stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes free sheet Today. SPH has a 70% stake in UnionWorks, which operates two entertainment radio channels, UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English. In addition, SPH holds an 80% stake in SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest LED network media company, and a 35% stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.