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Zaobao.com celebrates 20 years of digital excellence

Singapore, 14 August 2015 -- Zaobao.com, the online portal of Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), culminated its 20th anniversary celebrations this year with a gala dinner on 14 August 2015 at Pan Pacific Hotel.

Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State for the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information, was the Guest of Honour at the event.


Distinguished guests at the dinner included Mr Chua Thian Poh, President, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA), Mr Thomas Chua Kee Seng, President of Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Professor Su Guaning, President Emeritus of Nanyang Technological University, academia, chief executives and business leaders of various enterprises.

A forum discussion was also held during the dinner. Titled “Internet Economy in Asia from Investor's Perspective”, it featured speakers Mr Zhang Xiang Dong, the founder of Net.cn and SoftBank investment partner, and Ms Brenda Ng, former Vice President of China Bo Hai Bank.
  The discussion was moderated byZaobao.com Editor Dr Zhou Zhao Cheng.

Mr Goh Sin Teck, Editor of Lianhe Zaobao, said: “The advent of the Internet has transformed Singapore and revolutionised the way traditional media works. Lianhe Zaobao is one good example as it morphed from a traditional print media into a multi-platform all media. But our core mission remains unchanged. We will continue to provide our readers with the most up-to-date, accurate and objective reports and analysis."


Dr Zhou Zhao Cheng, Zaobao.com Editor, said: “Twenty years ago, Zaobao.com was the pioneer Chinese language news website in the world. In today's context where internet has almost transformed the ways in which news and information are consumed and delivered, we will continue to achieve integration across all media platforms, utilising our strengths to become the main provider of information, news and opinions for our Chinese news consumers.”

The 
Zaobao.com 20th Anniversary Dinner is a key event to commemorate the website which went "live" 20 years ago. The list of celebration activities this year included Internet literacy workshops for the elderly jointly organised with Nanyang Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, the launch of the inaugural International Chinese Media Interactive News Awards and a slew of online competitions to reward its readers. 

Celebrations also took place in China. A gala dinner and prize giving ceremony for the International Chinese Media Interactive News Awards was held in JW Marriott Hotel Beijing on 28 July with the attendance of over 170 guests. Prior to the gala dinner, a forum discussion, titled “Symbiosis: Zaobao.com’s 20 Years in China” was held. An economic seminar entitled “One Belt, One Road and the Economic New Normal” was also held in Guangzhou on 31 July to engage readers in China. 

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For more information, please contact: 

Ms Eunice Goh
Journalist
Lianhe Zaobao
Chinese Media Group
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 6361
Email: eclgoh@sph.com.sg

Mr Francis Mah
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings 
Tel: 6319 1028

Email: mahys@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.

Media 
The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and My Paper (English section). It also consists of Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index, in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3. 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; the digital editions of Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao, four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZbBz Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM 100.3, and 
Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including 
U-Weekly. 

SPH's other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, Stomp, omy.com and SPH Razor. 

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like hardwarezone.comherworldplus.com and luxuryinsider.com in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. It has also invested in digital newsstand Magzter.

SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.

SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

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.

Properties
SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. 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.

Other Businesses

Online Classifieds
SPH's online classifieds include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds 
(STClassifieds), sgCarmart and Streetsine.

SPH's regional joint venture online classifieds business has a number of leading online classifieds sites in the region.

Events and Exhibitions
Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. 
 
Education
SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.

For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.