Singapore and Shanghai, 10 December 2014 --- Zaobao.com (www.zaobao.com), the online portal of Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), launches a brand new lifestyle channel Z-Style (早尚Z-Style) today. Readers can access Z-Style at www.zaobao.com/zstyle.
Z-Style provides the stylish Chinese readers with information on the latest fashion and style trends. Representatives from the fashion industry and luxury brands graced the trade launch of Z-Style this evening at The Portman Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai. Dr Zhou Zhao Cheng, Editor of Zaobao.com, introduced Z-Style and did a presentation of the new channel to invited guests.
Z-Style has the most up-to-date news on fashion and luxury lifestyle, offering readers exclusive features and profile stories about the upmarket fashion industry. Apart from featuring lifestyle content published in Lianhe Zaobao and ZbBz, a monthly lifestyle "newsgazine" by the Chinese daily, Zaobao.com also partners China's lifestyle interactive media Touchic to produce exciting content focusing on luxury lifestyle. Touchic, a digital media company which specialises in fashion and lifestyle, provides innovative online shopping experience for fashionable high-end users via mobile platforms such as iPhone and iPad.
The main sections of Z-Style include style and beauty, watches and jewellery, food and fine wines, cars and technology, interior designs and travel. Z-Style will be available on iPad and other mobile platforms by early next year.
Zaobao.com, which is an internationally recognised and reputable news portal, attracts many distinguished Chinese readers. It recognises the need among the group of consumers from the rising middle-class in China for their choice of high-end fashion labels and premium lifestyle. The launch of Z-Style will also help readers who are outside of China to understand the current lifestyle trends in China, as well as the consuming habits of Chinese users.
Zaobao.com has a monthly click-through rate of more than 100 million, with more than 10 million unique visitors per month. Zaobao.com is also a multimedia platform consisting of website, mobile and tablet applications, and its bilingual social media content are available on Facebook, Twitter, Sina Weibo and WeChat amongst others. In China, Zaobao.com is placed in the list of top 10 news sites, as well as the most popular foreign media websites. Its lifestyle sections, covering fashion and trends, are also widely popular.
Mr Goh Sin Teck, Editor of Lianhe Zaobao said: "Z-Style is a strategic expansion for Zaobao.com to provide timely products for various audiences, allowing Zaobao.com to become an indispensable partner in our readers' lives. This will also allow Zaobao.com to extend its lifestyle and fashion sense to the overseas market, servicing a wider pool of audience."
Dr Zhou Zhao Cheng, Editor of Zaobao.com, said: "Other than news and commentaries, Zaobao.com's millions of Chinese readers are also interested in lifestyle standards and consumerism. Zaobao.com does not only provide information on current affairs but also lifestyle trends and how the two are interconnected."
"Z-Style combines Singapore's metropolitan position in the fashion world with Zaobao's understanding of our readers' needs to offer a unique experience to the readers," Dr Zhou added.
Mr Johannes Neubacher, Chief Operating Officer of Touchic, said: "Zaobao.com is a reputable news portal in the Chinese community. Touchic is pleased to share our knowledge in fashion and lifestyle preferences with Zaobao.com readers through Z-Style."
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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, 2.81 million individuals or 68 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications, either on print or digital platform. 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 and SPH Razor. Besides print, SPH newspapers are also available on online, smartphone and tablet platforms.
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 to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte Ltd, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SPH.
The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises:
· 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, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development which opened in November 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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