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SPH UnionWorks awarded tender for new radio station

Singapore, 21 December 2011 - SPH UnionWorks has been awarded the tender to operate a new FM radio station by the Media Development Authority (MDA). The new station, 92FM, will focus on women and family. 
 
The award follows the call for tender made earlier in March this year. MDA had invited public tenders for two vacant FM frequencies, FM 89.3 and FM 92.0, to encourage a greater range of local radio programming. The tender to operate FM 92.0 went to SPH UnionWorks for its compelling proposal of a 24-hour free-to-air women and family radio station in English. 
 
Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Chairman, SPH UnionWorks, said: “SPH UnionWorks is thrilled to have been awarded the licence to operate Singapore’s newest radio station. We believe that the new station will add vibrancy to the local radio industry with its unique programming.” 
 
The new 92FM will provide in-depth women and family content, coupled with easy listening music. Women aged 25 and above, and families will find the channel informative and entertaining. 
 
The station will see experts share their knowledge on topics such as Relationships and Family Matters, Health and Wellness issues, Financial Planning and Career Advancements. It will also cover Fashion and Beauty, Shopping, Entertainment, as well as offer listings of family friendly and community events. 
 
Tapping on its collaboration with SPH Magazines, 92FM will offer listeners the latest information, the best fashion and beauty bargains in town, and more.  
 
92FM is expected to be launched in the second half of 2012. With the new station, SPH UnionWorks is now the second largest radio broadcaster in Singapore. The number of local FM stations currently stands at 19, including the new station.  
 
Goh Wee Wang, General Manager, SPH UnionWorks, said: “Our new station aims to be a breath of fresh air for working women and their families, and will be hitting Singapore’s airwaves in late 2012. Together with 91.3FM and Radio 100.3, 92FM is committed to delivering creative and quality content for both our listeners and advertisers.”
 
 
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For more details, please contact:
 
Ms Hannah Teo
Marketing Manager
SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd
DID: 6319 4017
 
Ms Sherlyn Yap
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1226
 
 
About SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd
 
SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd is an 80-20 joint venture between SPH Multimedia and NTUC Media. SPH UnionWorks manages and operates two radio stations, 91.3FM and Radio 100.3. 
 
91.3FM is an English Contemporary Hits Radio (CHR) music station playing new and current top 40 hits targeting listeners under 40. Programmes and promotions are injected with loads of fun and quirkiness with a key focus on engagement and listener’s experience. 91.3FM also has a midas touch to music and has been known for identifying hits before they are hits. Its growth momentum has been going from strength to strength. Against other local mainstream English music stations*, 91.3FM saw its share doubled from 8% in 2009 to 16% in 2010 with listeners 15-39 years old, making it the third most popular music station with the under 40. Its capture of the 15-19 youth segment is even more phenomenal with its share** growing from a mere 3% in year 2006 to 25% in 2010, making it now the second most popular music station with the youths.
 
Radio 100.3 is a highly-charged Mandarin infotainment station targeting at working professionals in their 20s to 40s. Its unique, lively and engaging delivery style is able to consistently hook listeners on for a far longer period of listening. It added a whopping 136,000*** new listeners last year, bringing its total listener-ship to 355,000***.Programmed content is designed to cater specifically for the busy individuals with timely updates and discussion on current affairs, financial planning, property investment, communication, lifestyle, music and entertainment. The station’s latest alliance to the Global Golden Chart meant Radio 100.3 listeners are the first to hear exclusive new song releases and interviews with today’s hottest pop artistes. 
 
Both 91.3FM and Radio 100.3 provide a great synergy of content with tie-ups with SPH Newspapers, Magazines and SPH Multimedia Platforms. 
 
*share compared against Class95, 987FM, Gold 90.5 and Power 98. 
** share compared against Class95, 987FM and Power98 
*** Past week cumulative listener-ship (Cume). Mon-Sun. 24 hours. Increase is difference in cume between Wave 2, 2009 and Wave 2, 2010. 
 
 
About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
 
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. It publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages and over 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region. Every day, 3 million individuals or 77 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH’s internet editions of its major newspapers enjoy over 265 million page views with 18 million unique visitors each month. Other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, omy.sg, ST701, Stomp and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH has also ventured into book publishing, broadcasting, out-of-home advertising and properties.