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Singapore Press Holdings Appointed Host News Agency For Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games

Singapore, 19 May 2010 – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has appointed Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) as the Host News Agency for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

As the Host News Agency, SPH will provide comprehensive photographic coverage of the Games. Registered media will be able to download SPH’s high-resolution images via the Singapore 2010 website and international news agencies will also distribute these images to their subscribers.

SPH will also provide editorial coverage of Singapore 2010 Games so that readers around the world will be able to follow this inaugural event.

The appointment of SPH as the Host News Agency ensures that the editorial and pictorial coverage of the Games will be of high quality for both the international and local media’s use as well as for posterity.

Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC), Mr Goh Kee Nguan, said: “This being the first Youth Olympic Games, we hope to interest media from all over the world to cover the Games. With SPH onboard as the Host News Agency, I am confident that we will be able to provide a high quality of editorial and pictorial output that will help media from around the world in their coverage of the Games.”

SPH will put in place a team of photographers to cover the Games starting from the pre-Games period in July 2010. During the Games, captioned photographs of selected sports competitions, Culture and Education Programme activities and other Games-related activities such as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the Singapore leg of the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame will also be available for registered media to download for editorial use at no charge.

On the editorial front, media can look forward to tapping on SPH’s supply of news stories covering the different aspects of the Singapore 2010 Games. SPH will step up its coverage of Singapore 2010 and report on the various Games programmes, operations and preparations in the lead up to the Games.

These high-resolution images and editorial stories will be accessible to the media via the Singapore 2010 official website at www.singapore2010.sg.

Mr Patrick Daniel, Editor-in-Chief of English and Malay Newspapers at SPH, said: “SPH is glad to be in the forefront of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, delivering content for the international and local media’s use. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with the IOC and SYOGOC, leading to a successful Singapore 2010 Games, with good exposure internationally and locally.”

Commenting on the partnership Chairman of the IOC Press Commission Mr Kevan Gosper said: “The IOC is delighted to be able to appoint Singapore Press Holdings as the Host News Agency for Singapore 2010. This is an important appointment and SPH will play an important role in the overall success of the Games by offering professional news-agency style text and photographic coverage of the Games for a worldwide audience. We look forward to working with them.”

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Jointly issued by:
Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee and
Singapore Press Holdings (Co. Regn. No. 198402868E)

For media queries, please contact:

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH)
Ms Chin Soo Fang
Head, Corporate Communications
Email: soofang@sph.com.sg
Phone: +65 6319 1216

Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee:
Mr Harold Lim
Senior Head, Media Publicity
Email: Harold_LIM@singapore2010.sg
Phone: +65 6471 9733

Ms Cheryl Chong
Senior Executive, Media Publicity
Email: Cheryl_CHONG@singapore2010.sg
Phone: +65 6471 9274

For up-to-the-minute information and regular updates, you may visit the websites listed below:

Official website
www.singapore2010.sg

Microsites
WhyOhGee - www.singapore2010.sg/whyohgee
Million Deeds Challenge - www.singapore2010.sg/milliondeeds

Virtual World
Singapore 2010 Odyssey - www.singapore2010.sg/o

Videos
www.youtube.com/singapore2010  
 
Photos
www.flickr.com/photos/singapore2010 
   
Social media
Twitter: www.twitter.com/singapore2010
Facebook: www.singapore2010.sg/facebook


About Singapore 2010

Singapore will be hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) from 14 to 26 August 2010. The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will receive some 5,000 athletes and officials from the 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), along with estimated 1,200 media representatives, 20,000 local and international volunteers, and 370,000 spectators. Young athletes - aged between 14 and 18 years - will compete in 26 sports and take part in Culture and Education Programme.

The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games aims to inspire youth around the world to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect. It will create a lasting sports, culture and education legacy for Singapore and youths from around the world, as well as enhance and elevate the sporting culture locally and regionally.


About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009.  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 225 million pageviews with 14 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.sg, 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.

Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, 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 in Mandarin and 91.3FM in English.

Events and Outdoor Advertising
SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company.

Properties
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.

For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.