Singapore, 30 October 2009 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) today celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a gala concert and together with SPH Foundation, pledged a sum of $500,000 to the Community Chest.
The concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall was performed by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) and led by its music director Tsung Yeh. It was attended by business partners, advertisers, readers, staff, government officials, diplomats, as well as caregivers and beneficiaries of the charitable programmes.
The highlight of the concert was a specially commissioned piece called Engaging Moments – 25 Years of Photojournalism, which featured photographs taken by SPH photojournalists, accompanied by music from the SCO and the voices of the SYC Ensemble Singers (formerly Singapore Youth Choir) and the River Valley Chamber Singers. The sensory treat was put together by internationally acclaimed photo-choreographer James Westwater.
Other musical talents featured in the concert were local pianist Lim Yan and violinist Ling Yun Zhi. Cultural Medallion recipient Iskandar Ismail also penned a new work entitled Time Changes Light for the special occasion.
At the beginning of the concert, Dr Tony Tan, who is Chairman of SPH and SPH Foundation, presented a cheque of $500,000 to Ms Jennie Chua, Chairman of the Community Chest. Both SPH and SPH Foundation have been active donors to the Community Chest every year.
Said Dr Tan in his speech: "This evening, SPH and the SPH Foundation are pleased to jointly make a combined donation of $500,000 to 20 charity programmes under the auspices of Community Chest. Just as we have received your support, we would like to support others, so that they too may one day give back to society."
He added:"One good deed inspires another. As Singapore begins to see signs of recovery in the economy, I would like to urge everyone to remember that the less fortunate people in our midst still need our help. "
Ms Chua said: “This year marks a special milestone for Singapore Press Holdings as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Community Chest is honoured to partner SPH and SPH Foundation over the years in supporting social service programmes that will help nurture our children and dignify the lives of elderly in our community.”
SPH was formed on 4 August, 1984 through a merger of three organisations - the Straits Times Press group, the Singapore News and Publications Limited and Times Publishing Berhad which was later de-merged from SPH in 1988. The merger brought together the English, Malay and Chinese newspapers under one roof. SPH also bought Tamil Murasu Pte Ltd later.
SPH has 17 newspaper titles in four languages today, including the 164-year-old Straits Times and 86-year-old Lianhe Zaobao, which are the company's flagship newspapers. SPH also has more than 100 titles in its stable of award-winning magazines.
Beyond print, SPH has a host of online products, two radio stations as well as Internet TV. It has also ventured into properties, outdoor advertising, events and conferences.
The gala concert and charity giving are the highlights of a year's programmes in celebration of SPH’s 25th anniversary, beginning on 30 March 2009 with President S R Nathan and SPH Chairman Tony Tan unveiling a new SPH logo and brand essence - Engaging Minds, Enriching Lives.
In April and May, SPH celebrated with shoppers at Paragon, the SPH-owned shopping mall in Orchard Road, with a series of free weekend concerts and gave out $25,000 worth of shopping vouchers as prizes to its readers. On 4 August 2009, the actual day of SPH's 25th birthday, readers were treated to special deals and discounts in special anniversary supplements in The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao and The Business Times.
Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer of SPH, said: “Tonight’s 25th anniversary celebration affirms SPH's long-standing commitment in supporting the local arts scene and giving to charity. As a socially responsible corporate leader, we hope to demonstrate to all our stakeholders that we care for the community and are committed to the people of Singapore.”
The full text of Dr Tony Tan’s speech can be found in Annex A and the list of the 20 benefiting charities are in Annex B.
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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, 3 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, rednano.sg; 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.
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.
As an industry leader, SPH is an active corporate citizen and supports a wide range of community and charitable causes, ranging from education, arts and culture to conservation and sports. For its contributions to the community, SPH was named the Top Corporate Giver by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre in 2005 and has been bestowed the Distinguished Patron of the Arts award by the National Arts Council every year since 1993. It also received the Partner of Heritage award at the 2008 Patron of the Heritage Awards ceremony organised by the National Heritage Board.
For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.
About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was set up in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg.