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SPH receives Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award for 20 consecutive years

Singapore, 19 July 2012 - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) was the first and only company to be honoured with the Distinguished Patron of the Arts award for 20 consecutive years today.

SPH was presented with the award by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, at an award ceremony at the Goodman Arts Centre. The Distinguished Patron of the Arts award, conferred by the National Arts Council, is the highest honour accorded to an organisation in support of the arts. 

SPH's major arts sponsorships include the popular SPH Gift of Music series, which brings quality music to the masses at the heartlands, shopping malls, campuses and parks. SPH is also the Silver Anniversary Sponsor of the Singapore Dance Theatre since 2008. 

The SPH Foundation also won the Friend of the Arts Award. It launched the SPH Foundation Arts Fund in 2011 to purchase tickets for the underprivileged to enjoy arts productions, as well as to help local arts groups to reach out to a wider audience. Close to 7,000 beneficiaries have enjoyed an arts performance with the help of the Fund. The Foundation is also a Company Sponsor of Singapore Repertory Theatre's The Little Company. 

Ms Ginney Lim, SPH's General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, and General Manager of the SPH Foundation, said: "We are proud to be the first and only company to be honoured with the Distinguished Patron of the Arts award for 20 consecutive years. As Singapore's leading media company, SPH is committed to support the local arts scene by helping our artists to achieve excellence and bringing quality arts performances to more Singaporeans. Through the SPH Foundation Arts Fund, we also create opportunities for the less fortunate in our society to enjoy local arts productions."

SPH Unionworks' Chinese language radio station, UFM 100.3, received a Friend of the Arts Award this year. It has been supporting local theatre groups in the publicity of their various productions. 

At a separate award ceremony held two days ago on 17 July 2012, 
SPH's bilingual news and entertainment portal clinched the Arts Supporter Award for its online publicity of productions by local theatre companies. 

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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, 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.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 2.92 million individuals or 74 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. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 330 million page views with 18 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; Stomp,, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times Weekend's iPad application. SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital platforms which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.


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 UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss 92 and HOT FM91.3 in English.

Events and Out-of-Home 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 leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.


SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.