SINGAPORE (Aug 22, 2006) – President and Mrs SR Nathan were special guests at a lunch today at Tamil Murasu’s office in Media Centre, Genting Lane to celebrate Tamil Murasu’s record sales.
Tamil Murasu achieved all-time high peaks in both its daily and Sunday sales this year.
The May 12 issue, which carried the full results of the Tamil Nadu state elections, sold 19,058 copies. The May 14 Sunday edition sold 20,244, the highest-ever in the newspaper’s 71-year-history.
The Tamil daily recorded an almost 20 per cent jump in circulation this year, the sharpest increase of all the newspapers in Singapore Press Holdings’ stable of 14 newspapers covering all four languages.
Among the 150 guests at the lunch were SPH Chairman Dr Tony Tan, Tamil Murasu Chairman Chandra Das, SPH CEO Alan Chan, community leaders, advertisers, vendors, readers and students.
Mr Nathan, formerly Executive Chairman of The Straits Times Press and a Director of SPH, is a long-time supporter of Tamil Murasu and played a key role in SPH’s acquisition of the paper in 1995. As a token of appreciation, Mr Nathan was presented with a portrait done by Tamil Murasu artist K. Manoharan.
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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, Radio 100.3 in Chinese and Radio 91.3 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.