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SPH clinched 4 Awards at Singapore HR Awards 2009

Singapore, 3 July 2009 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) clinched the HR Advocate Award for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the Singapore HR Awards 2009, organised by the Singapore Human Resources Institute.

It also received three other awards at the gala dinner held this evening (3 July 2009). They are -

1) Leading HR Practices in Talent Management, Retention & Succession Planning Award
2) Leading HR Practices in Corporate Social Responsibility Award
3) Special Mention in Compensation & Rewards Management

The HR Advocate Award is a new category this year. It recognises organisations which have been conferred the Leading HR Practices Award for 3 years within a period of 5 consecutive years. The award is given to organisations which have shown drive, support and excellence in improving a particular area, thus setting new benchmarks and standards as a role model for others to emulate.

This is the first time that SPH has received the HR Advocate Award for Coporate Social Responsibility, having garnered the Leading HR Practices Award for CSR in the past 3 consecutive years. As a good corporate citizen, SPH makes regular contributions in the areas of the arts, education, charity, community, sports and conservation.

SPH has previously won 9 HR awards and special mentions since it first took part in the Singapore HR Awards in 2007. A record 211 entries from 44 organisations were submitted this year, making it the most competitive in the history of the Awards.

Receiving the awards was Ms Mable Chan, SPH's Executive Vice President for Human Resources.

Mr Alan Chan, CEO of SPH, said: "We are happy to be conferred the HR Advocate Award for Coporate Social Responsibility at this year's Singapore HR Awards. At SPH, we pride ourselves for being a responsible corporate citizen, actively engaging all segments of the community through various events covering the arts, charity, sports, education and conservation. Some of our notable initiatives include the SPH Gift of Music series and the annual SPH Group Giving to charity."

On the other HR Leading Practices Awards, he added: "Receiving the awards again is testimony to the efforts we have put into adopting and developing HR and people management best-practices. It also shows that we value our staff as the company's greatest asset."

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For more information, please contact:

Chin Soo Fang (Ms)
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1216
HP: 9688 6209

Yeo Siew Chi (Mr)
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1586
HP: 9749 5105

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and 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 an 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 Limited, 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.

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.

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