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SPH newspapers and magazine clinch 12 Ifra’s Asia Media Awards

SINGAPORE, 19 April 2005 - Media group Singapore Press Holdings emerged the biggest winner at the 4th IFRA’s Asia Media Awards, clinching 12 awards given out this evening at a gala dinner in Bangkok.

Its English flagship daily, The Straits Times, led the group with six awards in five categories, while The Business Times won two awards, and Lianhe Zaobao, The New Paper, Berita Harian and SPH Magazines’ Home and Decor won an award each.

In all, SPH took home one gold, five silver and six bronze awards.

Said a delighted CEO of SPH, Mr Alan Chan: "It is very gratifying for us to win such a bumper crop of awards. We are truly proud and honoured that SPH newspapers have once again received recognition for editorial and design excellence, and print quality from our peers in the newspaper industry in the region.

"These awards are a testament to the creative leadership and talent in our newsrooms and printing plant, which are constantly striving to make tomorrow’s newspapers better than today’s. They will further inspire and spur them to sharpen their craft and produce more cutting-edge work.

"I applaud the collective efforts and dedication of everyone involved in winning the trophies. You did a great job!"

Added Mr Cheong Yip Seng, Editor-in-Chief of EMND, which bagged 10 of the 12 awards: "I am delighted the quality of our newspapers has again been reaffirmed. It is a good reminder that quality is crucial in keeping our readers who now live in a digital, broadband world. Sloppy work will be punished instantly. Customers will just move to other news sources, especially online."

The Apple Daily group won the second biggest number of awards, with four gold and two silver.

The Asia Media Awards is an annual industry event organised by Ifra to recognise excellence among individuals and organisation that have embraced new technology, innovative thinking and creativity. Ifra, the world’s leading organisation for newspaper and media publishing, groups more than 2,000 publishing companies and suppliers from over 60 countries.

Here’s the full list of awards won by SPH newspapers:

Category 1 (Circulation of less than 100,000 copies)
Best in Print - Double Width

  • Silver Award
    Berita Harian

  • Bronze Award
    The Business Times

Category 3 (Circulation of more than 100,000 copies/Weekday)
Best in Print - Double Width

  • Silver Award
    The Straits Times

  • Bronze Award
    Lianhe Zaobao

Best in Infographic - Newspaper
Circulation over 100,000 copies

  • Bronze Award
    The Straits Times
    Entry title: The Second Wave

Category 1 (Circulation of less than 100,000 copies)
Best in Design - Newspaper

  • Bronze Award
    The Business Times

Category 1 (Circulation of more than 100,000 copies)
Best in Design - Newspaper

  • Silver Award
    The Straits Times

Category 2 (Circulation of less than 50,000 copies)
Best in Design - Magazine

  • Bronze Award
    Home & Decor, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd

Category 1 (News Photography)
Best in Photography

  • Silver Award
    The Straits Times
    Entry: Sri Lanka
    Photographer: Joyce Fang

Category 6 (Newspaper Photographer of The Year)
Best in Photography

  • Gold Award
    The New Paper
    Photographer: Mohd Ishak Samon

  • Silver Award
    The Straits Times
    Photographer: Joyce Fang

  • Bronze Award
    The Straits Times
    Photographer: Terence Tan

The full list of Asia Media Award winners is in attached Ifra release.

Issued by Corporate Relations

For more infomation, please contact:

Irene Ngoo
Vice President
Corporate Relations
DID: 6319 1216
Email: ingoo@sph.com