Singapore, 27 December 2011 --- Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper of media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), will launch its web application for the iPad and Android-powered tablets tomorrow. Online users will be able to download the free application and enjoy the free trial of the web application from 28 December 2011 to 11 January 2012.
Apart from offering users the latest news through a digital and mobile platform, the web application features content from the print edition, including all major sections of the Chinese daily. In addition, its breaking news service offers daily real-time news from 7am to 9pm. Previously, Zaobao.com offered breaking news from 9am to 6pm daily.
Lianhe Zaobao's web application also offers an enhanced reading experience with a vibrant and easy-to-navigate layout, accompanied by high-resolution news photos.
Major news highlights from the print edition are also featured on the web application's homepage for easy reference.
Mr Robin Hu, Senior Executive Vice President, Chinese Newspapers & Newspaper Services, said: "Over the years, SPH has invested heavily in emerging new media platforms. The arrival of iPad and Android-powered tablets has added both pleasure and variety to the reading experience, and this creates new opportunities and excitement for the newspaper marketplace. I'm happy to see that our 88-year-old Lianhe Zaobao is now available in print, online and on tablet computers, providing loyal and new readers alike with timely news around the clock, at work, at home and on the move."
Mr Goh Sin Teck, Editor of Lianhe Zaobao, said: "Launching the web application for Lianhe Zaobao is our promise to readers in providing them with an all-round news coverage. It has also helped to mould the editorial team's perception of how newsroom operations has changed with technology. Increasing the breaking news service by five hours not only provides more real-time news for readers, it also helps to attract more online readers. This new development will lay a strong foundation in how Lianhe Zaobao will progress in the future."
Online users will be able to access Lianhe Zaobao's web application from 8am on 28 December. They can access the link www.zaobao.com.sg/webapp
to download the web application from their iPad and Android tablet computers. The free trial will be available till 11 January 2012.
Details of the subscription rates for the Lianhe Zaobao digital package will be announced on a later date in January 2012.
The first 3,000 users to download the web application will be entitled to a ticket worth $21 to catch A Moving Masterpiece: The Song Dynasty As Living Art exhibition at the Singapore Expo. The engaging interactive exhibition is now on till 6 February 2012.
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Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organization, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms including newspapers, with 18 newspaper titles in four languages; 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region; book publishing subsidiaries Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing; internet and mobile portals; stakes in broadcasting companies MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, MediaCorp Press Limited and SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd; events and outdoor advertising through their wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd; and other properties including Paragon, The Clementi Mall, and Sky@eleven, developed by SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd.
About Lianhe Zaobao
Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings, is the most comprehensive, contemporary Chinese daily that reflects current issues, expert insights, lifestyles and developments in the local and global Chinese community. It is a trusted and respected source of news and opinion for both Singapore readers, as well as the region’s Chinese literate community. With an extensive correspondent network in Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo, Lianhe Zaobao gives readers timely and in-depth coverage of significant events taking place in the region and beyond.