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Latest Lianhe Zaobao iPad app levels up content offering, functionality and app design

Singapore, 31 October 2014 - Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), today releases its latest version of iPad app.

Besides retaining its PDF electronic newspaper, the revamped app has leveled up its content offering, functionality and app design for its digital subscribers.  Non-subscribers will also able to access Breaking News, News Videos, selected Special Reports and limited portion of the pay-walled content.

The first version of the Lianhe Zaobao iPad app, released in February 2012, was created to provide a digital version of the newspaper for users to consume news on tablets. 

The latest version of the iPad app incorporates this e-paper with an all-new tablet design interface, enabling users a full suite of reading experience. The enhancements include:

· Current and past seven days PDF pages of the newspapers
· Newly created “Prime News” vertical to showcase the most updated major news events
· Redesigned “News Boxes” with flipboard-style  news categories
· News Videos, Image Galleries and Special News Reports such as “Sino-Sin Relations”, “SG50”, “Indonesia Politics”, to be updated according to news events
· Customisation on the layout of “News Boxes” based on user’s preference
· Search function to allow users to search for related news on the iPad 
· Sharing of news articles on various social media platforms
Mr Goh Sin Teck, Editor of Lianhe Zaobao, SPH, said: “This revamped app is a significant improvement in both design and functionality, which is a testimony of the team’s conviction to deliver the latest and most functional digital products to our readers.”

Readers can subscribe to the Lianhe Zaobao All-in-One package, which includes the print edition, Zaobao.sg, iPad app and mobile apps. Current print subscribers only need to top up $4 to enjoy this All-in-One package.  

Interested subscribers, may subscribe online at zbsubscribe.com, call hotline: 6338-3838 or email at zbocs@sph.com.sg.

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For more information, please contact:


Mr Zhou Zhao Cheng
ZB Online Editor
Lianhe Zaobao
Tel: 6319 1946
Email: zhouzc@sph.com.sg

Ms Vanni Cheong
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1553
Email: cvanni@sph.com.sg

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.