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SPH Classfied offers convenience with launch of online obituary booking service

Singapore, 3 November 2014 - Families who wish to dedicate obituary, memorial or condolence messages to their loved ones or friends in The Straits Times or Berita Harian can now do so online at www.sphobit.com.sg.

The new service, offered by Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) Print Classified, can also be accessed on tablets or smart-phones. It allows users to upload pictures and insert their own notices, by selecting from formatted samples or if they wish to, create their own designs. After they have completed and made payment by credit card, they can send the notice over for immediate publication on the next day or for a specific day, depending on their request and time of the application.

At present, all bookings for such notices have to be placed in person at the Classified counters in SPH New Centre at Toa Payoh North, or through an authorised media representative, at these times:

Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 9:45pm

Saturday : 12:30pm to 9:45pm.

Sunday and public holidays : 12:30pm to 9 pm.

With the new service, users can now do so anytime at their convenience. This is the first time a newspaper is offering such an online service.

Mr Jerry Siah, SPH Print Classified’s Head of Operations said: “We are keenly aware that families will have many things to attend to when a loved one passes away. We hope to be of service with this online booking arrangement.”

For new announcements, families would need to attach a copy of the death certificate when they place the notice. This can be done in the form of a digital photograph or copy of the document. There is no need to attach any formal document if friends and relatives are placing condolence or in-memoriam messages.

Mr Siah added: “With this new online service, we also hope to make it more convenient for our readers who are not in Singapore to offer their condolences to their relatives or friends.”

Should users encounter any problem while using this service, they can call the service hotline 6319-5192 or email the service team at counter@sph.com.sg for assistance.

This new service is only available for The Straits Times and Berita Harian at the moment but it will be extended to the Chinese newspapers soon. Work is also underway to upgrade the service so that users can share the obituary notices via their mobile devices to make it more convenient for them to inform relatives and friends.

 

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd Co. Regn. No. 198402868E

For more information, please contact:

Jerry Siah (Mr)
Head, Operations
Print Classified, Marketing Division
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319 5959
Email: jerrys@sph.com.sg

Deror Wong (Mr)
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319 1226
HP: 9848 6934
Email: derorw@sph.com.sg

About SPH Classified
SPH Classified is part of the Marketing Division of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. It offers the most comprehensive marketplace for products, services and employment through Classified in The Straits Times, The New Paper, The Business Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao, Shin Min Daily News, myPaper & Klassified in Berita Harian.

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, 2.8 million individuals or 69 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 includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers 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. Besides print, SPH newspapers are also available on online, smartphone and tablet platforms.

Broadcasting
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.

Properties
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.