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SPH launches inaugural Singapore Entertainment Awards 2009 (新加坡e-乐大赏)

12 January 2009, Singapore - It is going to be one exciting event with the launch of the inaugural Singapore Entertainment Awards. Organised by Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) Chinese media including Lianhe Wanbao, Radio 100.3, and UW (U-Weekly), the annual awards honour the best talents in the Singapore and the Asia entertainment scene.

Winners of the awards, which recognise a spectrum of entertainment ranging from music, movies, radio to concerts, will be announced in March. In conjunction with the awards, a mega entertainment party will be held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform Grandstand on 7 March 2009.

The objective of the Singapore Entertainment Awards 2009 is to support the Chinese entertainment industry that popularises the use of the Chinese language. It will also promote the Chinese entertainment scene both locally and overseas. Singapore´s own talents will be given a platform to showcase their talents and at the same time, entertain an estimated audience of 10,000 at the mega party on 7 March.

The awards will be an overall review of Asian entertainment movers and shakers who have made an impact on the Singapore entertainment scene in 2008. The qualifying period for the artistes to be nominated is from 1 December 2007 to 30 November 2008.
Nominees are divided into the “Most Popular” category, which is based on public voting and the “Best” category, which is decided by a panel of judges comprising SPH journalists from print, radio and online media, together with local and foreign media industry experts. The complete list of award categories is attached in Appendix 1.

From 12 January to 22 February 2009, public voting for the 12 "Most Popular" categories can be done through SMS, voting hotline 1900-912-0009, or online at The public can also vote at the publicity roadshows in February. The list of nominees for public voting is attached in Appendix 2.

Voters who participated in the popularity poll at roadshows will stand to win exclusive "stage-front" tickets to the mega party where they get to catch their favourite artistes and deejays up close. There will be 10,000 tickets, valued at $88 each, to be distributed free via media and partners´ promotions.

150 "stage-front" tickets will go on sale at $148 each at roadshows or at the main lobby of SPH News Centre every Wednesday between 5pm and 7pm starting 18 February. While stocks last.

"The Singapore Entertainment Awards is first-of-its-kind that gives recognition to the full spectrum of Asian entertainment industry. While recognising the outstanding achievements of both local and overseas artistes, we are also helping to promote the use of the Chinese language. SPH has the resources to organise and support this major entertainment event with its combined strength in print, radio and online platforms," said Mr Robin Hu, Senior Executive Vice President, Chinese Newspapers & Newspaper Services of SPH.

The Singapore Entertainment Awards 2009 is jointly organised by Lianhe Wanbao, Radio100.3,, UW (U-Weekly). It is presented by Crocodile and sponsored by K Box, Marina Mandarin Hotel (Official Hotel) and Monsoon Group (Official Hair).

The Singapore Entertainment Awards 2009 is also supported by SPH print, online and outdoor media including Lianhe Zaobao, Shin Min Daily News, my paper, SPH MediaBoxOffice and The Straits Times Razor TV.


Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E

For more information, please contact:
Ms Wong Ching Yee
Asst Brand Manager
Product Branding & Promotions, Marketing
Tel: 6319 1274

Mr Francis Mah
Corporate Communications
Tel: 6319 1028

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It is the leading media company in Southeast Asia, delivering news and information through multiple media platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 79 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.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine,; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video on demand clips.

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company and a 35 per cent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.