Singapore, 7 May 2014 – Just five months after its launch, the AsiaOne iPad app has clinched a top international award.
AsiaOne, which aggregates content from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) publications and other sources, has won an Award of Excellence at The Communicator Awards, an international awards program recognising big ideas in marketing and communications.
Founded two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. Entries are scored on a 100 point scale by the judges. Excellence Winners receive a score of 90 or above and Distinction Winners receive a score of 70 to 89.
The Communicator Awards is sanctioned and judged by the US-based International Academy of Visual Arts, an invitation-only group consisting of top-tier professionals from acclaimed media, communications, advertising, creative and marketing firms such as Conde Nast and Disney.
For winning the Award of Excellence – the highest honour of the Communicator Awards – in the newly introduced “Mobile Apps – News” category, AsiaOne was presented with a Gold Communicator statuette.
AsiaOne is the only Singapore and Asian entry to win an Award of Excellence in the mobile category at the prestigious Communicator Awards.
The AsiaOne iPad app was launched in Dec 2013 to complement the website’s smartphone apps.
Other winners included major international brands such as TED Ed, Skype and Adobe Systems Inc.
Mr Adrian Tay, Editor of AsiaOne, said: “It's very heartening that the team's hardwork and effort is recognised at an international level. This means the AsiaOne team has what it takes to compete at a global level."
"We are constantly striving to roll out better digital products,” added Mr Tay. “Content partners who want to work with us will be able to enhance the digital space together with quality content."
The AsiaOne iPad app offers users a wide range of news and lifestyle content from SPH publications such as The Straits Times and The Business Times, as well as numerous magazines and top websites in Asia.
Apart from breaking news updates and business developments from Sinapore and beyond, the AsiaOne iPad app will allow readers to discover more through beautiful photography, commentaries, travel articles, nutritional and fitness advice, and share them through social media tools.
The app also caters to readers who wish to customise the way they get their news updates with its intuitive user experience.
The AsiaOne iPad app is the latest addition to a suite of mobile apps by AsiaOne, which includes smartphone apps for both Apple and Android users, as well as The Straits Times SoShiok food guide mobile app.
AsiaOne iPad app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and is compatible with iOS version 6 and above.
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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 The Straits Times RazorTV. 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.
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.
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