Singapore, 24 April 2014 - Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) daily newspapers - English flagship daily The Straits Times, Chinese language daily Lianhe Zaobao and Malay language daily Berita Harian - each won a "Best in Print" Silver Award at the 13th Asian Media Awards, as part of WAN-IFRA’s Publish Asia 2014 in Hong Kong today. Earlier this year, SPH had submitted these three newspaper titles for the bi-annual International Newspaper Color Quality Club (INCQC) competition. These submissions also automatically qualified them to compete for the Publish Asia’s “Best in Print” Asian Media Awards.The Asian Media Awards serves to promote the highest standards in the various aspects of newspaper and magazine design and publishing, and have attracted participants from all over Asia Pacific, South Asia and the Middle East. WAN-IFRA is the global association of newspapers and news publishers, representing more than 18,000 publications. 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. The "Best in Print" awards recognise the daily reproduction and print quality of Asian newspapers. The judging criteria is extensive and requires the participating newspaper titles to select and send 10 samples of an issue for each competition month (January, February and March 2014) for quality assessment by WAN-IFRA. The evaluation of the samples is in two parts – Measurement and Visual Quality Inspection. Measurement is carried out on three randomly selected copies over a period of three competition months using a standard test pattern called cuboid to assess reproduction and print quality. Visual Quality Inspection is then carried out on two randomly selected newspaper copies by a pool of international jury print experts to review each newspaper copy, page by page, against a comprehensive list of print defects and assigning marks to them. Only copies with no defects receive the maximum marks.Other SPH newspapers that have previously won the "Best in Print" accolades include the English-language business daily The Business Times and the Chinese-language evening daily Shin Min Daily News. SPH is also a member of the WAN-IFRA’s Star Club. The Star Club award is only presented to a company if it has successfully participated in at least 5 INCQC terms. SPH achieved this recognition in the year 2012 when The Straits Times met this requirement with successful entry in the years 2000, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. As of 2012, there were 22 companies in this exclusive Star Club. For INCQC 2014, the results will be announced in October this year by WAN-IFR A.
Mr Lim Swee Yeow, Senior Vice-President, Production, received the awards on behalf of SPH during the Asian Media Awards Gala Dinner which was held this evening at the Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong. Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer, SPH said: "Winning the three awards is recognition of SPH's excellent colour quality production and printing practices in newspapers. We are constantly striving not only to achieve the best print quality on a daily basis, but also introduce innovation that will allow our advertisers to effectively engage their customers and our readers."Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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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.
Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing
SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 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, SPH's suite of digital products, including online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications, enjoy over 400 million page views with 20 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, omy.sg and SPH Razor. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions. The Malay language-daily Berita Harian has apps for both iPhones and Android smartphones and iPads, offering both native and PDF formats, and an online version.
In the radio business, SPH Radio Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. 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.
Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.
SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited.
The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:
· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore.
The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. 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. For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.