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SPH’s Chinese Media Group integrates editorial resources to form NewsHub

Singapore, 29 November 2017 – The Chinese Media Group (CMG) of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) will undergo a major restructuring exercise to merge its editorial resources from Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and CMG Digital to form NewsHub.

NewsHub will facilitate news coverage and provide the latest news updates for CMG’s digital platforms including zaobao.sg and zaobao.com, as well as SPH Radio’s new Chinese station 96.3 Hao FM, which will be launched in January next year. It will also provide more in-depth and quality news coverage for Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao. 

NewsHub will begin its operations on 1 December 2017 and is headed by NewsHub Editor Ms Han Yong May, 49, who was formerly CMG’s Digital Editor cum Lianhe Zaobao’s Associate Editor. Apart from the usual news sections such as local, court and crime, world, business, sports, arts and culture, entertainment and lifestyle, NewsHub will include a breaking news team. The local news section will also include a Special Report team to provide more in-depth news reports, in addition to its existing political news team. The photo team will be part of NewsHub for more effective use of resources. 

Mr Goh Sin Teck, 54, who is editor of Lianhe Zaobao, will also be the editor of Lianhe Wanbao. He will be responsible for the positioning of both newspapers, leading the sub-editors and design teams of both publications to package news for different target audiences. He will continue to lead the zaobao.com team to provide coverage of China’s news and focus on the website’s business operations in China.  

Ms Ang Yiting, 36, formerly Deputy Digital Editor of CMG, will be promoted to Digital Editor. She will work closely with NewsHub to develop CMG’s digital platforms. 

Ms Loh Woon Yen, 41, formerly Vice President of Culture, Education and New Growth of CMG, will be Managing Editor, taking charge of CMG’s operations in the areas of culture, education, publishing, events and branding promotions. 

Commenting on the restructure, Ms Lee Huay Leng, Head of CMG, said: "Due to media disruption, the local Chinese media has reached a critical phase where there is a need for transformation. The organisation structure and mode of operation for the past decades will not be able to bring us forward. Technology can help us to expand our market and provide us with new platforms to reach out to more readers. The developments in the larger media environment also lend new opportunities for the Chinese media. However, it is essential for us to abandon our old ways of thinking to meet new challenges. With readers having more media choices, we need to transform ourselves, invest in resources to produce news with even higher quality, and to effectively deliver our content to readers, so that we will continue to be the readers’ choice." 

Ms Han Yong May, Editor of NewsHub, said: “The launch of NewsHub reflects a global pivot towards media integration. Today, journalists are not just storytellers, but insight experts as well. They need to be the generalist and the specialist simultaneously to bring impactful stories to the public. In the past, a journalist can probably work on such stories alone. But the scope of reporting has grown much broader in the new media environment. We thus need people with different expertise to work more closely together.” 

“Integrating our editorial resources from Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and CMG Digital is not about serving the same content repeatedly on different platforms. Rather, it is about pooling our talents together to tailor the most suitable content for each platform and its target audience,” she added. 

Mr Goh Sin Teck, Editor of Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao, added: "In the face of media disruption, it is impossible for the newsroom to continue operating the same way. Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao will celebrate their 95th and 35th anniversary respectively next year.  While preserving our rich heritage, we must innovate so that our readers who have been supporting us through the years will continue to have an enjoyable reading experience.” 

Meanwhile, Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News will not be affected by the restructuring exercise. Its existing editorial team will continue to provide news coverage for the evening paper.
 
Please see attached Chinese media release and list of key contacts in CMG. 
 

 
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For more information, please contact:

Ms Loh Woon Yen
Managing Editor
Chinese Media Group
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1469
Email: lohwy@sph.com.sg
 
Mr Francis Mah
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1028
Email: mahys@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Media 
The English/Malay/Tamil Media group (EMTM) comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian, Tamil Murasu, tabla! and their respective student publications. It also includes subsidiaries book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE-Russell Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3, andSPH Golf (including SPH Pacom Ltd).

The Chinese Media group (CMG) publishes three Chinese newspapers in print and digital format - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, and ZBBZ Newsgazine. It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH's other digital media initiatives include AsiaOne, Stomp, zaobao.sg and zaobao.com.

On an average day, 2.5 million* individuals or 59 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications in print copies or one of our digital platforms. (* Nielsen Media Index 2016, Monday-Sunday, read any SPH newspapers in print or digital format)

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces about 80 magazine titles and has various online sites, like hardwarezone.comherworldplus.com and luxuryinsider.com in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. It has also invested in digital newsstand Magzter.

SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising options where it manages large format screens and static billboards at key locations in the Central Business District, Orchard Road, City Fringe as well as major heartland hubs.

SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

Properties
SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

Other Businesses

Online Classified
SPH’s online classifieds include the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs, FastJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds), sgCarMart and StreetSine. SPH's regional joint venture online classified business has a number of leading online classified sites in the region.

Events and Exhibitions
Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region.

Healthcare
SPH owns Orange Valley which operates nursing homes.

Education

SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.

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