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Singapore Press Holdings' mobile offerings win more international awards

Singapore, 1 December 2014 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has picked up two more international accolades for its mobile offerings. AsiaOne's iPad app and The Straits Times SoShiok app each picked up a Silver award at this year's Davey Awards. 

AsiaOne won the accolade in the News category of the US-based international award which seeks to honour firms for their creative ideas. 


This is the second time this year the news and lifestyle content aggregator app has gained international recognition. Earlier in May, the AsiaOne iPad app was the recipient of Communicator Award's top recognition - the Award of Excellence in its News category.

The AsiaOne iPad app was launched in Dec 2013 to complement the website's smartphone offerings.

Mr Adrian Tay, Editor, AsiaOne, said: "Mobile readers are very important to us, and we are constantly improving our mobile and tablet offerings to cater to them. Getting such recognition for our iPad app shows that our products are on the right track and keeping up with the best international standards. This also shows that the AsiaOne team behind these products are a world-class act."

SPH also took home another honour at the Davey Awards for The Straits Times SoShiok app, which received a Silver award under the Food & Beverage category.

The app is a joint effort by between The Straits Times and AsiaOne. It provides food lovers a one-stop mobile dining guide to find information on the latest restaurants, read food reviews, learn recipes and other cooking tips.

Ms Helen Chia, The Straits Times' Associate Editor and Life! Editor, said: "This is a lovely early Christmas present for the team, who worked very hard to create an easy-to-use app for foodies. The award will spur us to improve the app and enhance the user experience.''


The Davey Awards is an international creative award that honours the best in Web, Design, Video, Advertising & Mobile from firms worldwide. 

Over 4,000 entries were judged this year and the winners were determined by a panel comprising of Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) members from advertising and marketing firms such as Disney, Microsoft and MTV. 

The AsiaOne iPad App is available free from the Apple App Store, aggregating news and lifestyle features from SPH publications such as The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper and My Paper, as well as from websites such as sgCarMart. The app's intuitive user experience allows readers to customise the way they get their news updates. 

The Straits Times SoShiok food app offers a comprehensive range of content from the popular Taste pages in The Sunday Times, as well as food news and reviews from the other English newspapers published by SPH. 

Users who want to figure out where to eat can also search under Restaurant Listings for everything ranging from zi char places to hawker stalls to high-end dining. The app allows users to look for eateries near where they are.

In addition to getting the latest stories, users can also register a user profile and get rewarded for using the SoShiok app.



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Adrian Cheong 
Manager 
Corporate Communications & CSR 
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, 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.