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SPH and SPH REIT honoured at 16th SIAS Investors’ Choice Awards 2015

- 4 SPH journalists recognised for their editorial excellence

Singapore, 16 October 2015 – 
Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and SPH REIT were honoured at the 16th SIAS Investors' Choice Awards 2015. The event was held at Raffles City Convention Centre with Mr. Chan Chun Sing, Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress and Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, as the Guest of Honour.

SPH was awarded the Runner Up for the Most Transparent Company Award (MTCA) 2015, Services category.

With this latest accolade, SPH has now won this award 15 times, including runner up position on three other occasions. Previously when SPH was assessed under the Non-Electronics Manufacturing category, it won the award for eight years. 

Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer of SPH, said: “SPH is proud to have won the trust of our investors and stakeholders once again. This achievement is a strong testimony to our stringent standards of corporate governance, integrity and transparency. I am also pleased that SPH journalists are recognised for their editorial achievements. Their passion and dedication to their profession are truly commendable.”

SPH REIT was the Runner Up for the Most Transparent Company Award (MTCA) 2015, New Issues category.

This was the first time that SPH REIT was given this recognition. 

Ms Susan Leng, CEO, SPH REIT, said: "After making a strong debut when SPH REIT was listed in 2013, we strive for high level of corporate governance and transparency, with the strong guidance of our Board and support from our management and staff. We are honoured to receive the recognition from industry practitioners and will continue to uphold these standards in the coming years." 

In addition, four SPH journalists received awards for their editorial excellence. They were:

1. Mr. Cai Haoxiang, correspondent, The Business Times - Financial Journalist of The Year Award
2. Ms. Anita Gabriel, senior correspondent, The Business Times - Financial Story of The Year Award
3. Ms. Rachael Boon, journalist, The Straits Times - Investor Education Journalist of The Year Award
4. Ms. Shen Yue, correspondent, Lianhe Zaobao - Investor Education Journalist of The Year Award

Mr Wong Wei Kong, Executive Editor and News Editor, The Business Times said: "Anita is a seasoned campaigner with a sharp nose for the news and a thrill for the chase. Her network of contacts is impressive, producing eye-catching scoops for the paper. Haoxiang brings to his work a deep knowledge of how markets and investments work. It has enabled him to cut through the hype, debunk the myths, and present readers the clarity they need." 


Ms Lee Su Shyan, money editor of The Straits Times, said: "Rachael handles some of the key elements ofSunday Invest The section continues to have which attracts a strong following among readers especially for skill its Me & My Money column. Rachael is the person who gets the interviewees and she manages to finds a candidate week in and week out. Part of her is in being able to convince these interviewees to talk to her. While these interviewees candidates initially are keen on the publicity, many of them back out later because they are unwilling to be photographed. It is part of Rachael's skill that she is able to keep this column going week after week, convincing people to talk to her." 

Ms Loh Woon Yen, business editor of Lianhe Zaobao, said: "Shen Yue is a tenacious and committed journalist with a natural curiosity that drives her to seek out stories pertinent to the readers. She slices through the issues to present investor education articles in an interesting and easily digestible way. Her skillful use of graphics, charts and illustrations helps readers to understand the more technical content of her stories."

SIAS, a non-profit organisation, is the largest investor lobby group in Asia, with 71,704 retail investors as members to-date. It actively promotes Investor Education, Corporate Transparency and Corporate Governance, and is the watchdog for investor rights in Singapore. It launched the “Most Transparent Company Award” in 2000 to encourage public-listed companies to be more transparent so as to help investors make informed decisions on their investments.


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Corporate Communications & CSR

Ms Vanni Cheong
Assistant Manager
Singapore Press Holdings 
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HP: 9617 4713
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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.


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, My Paper (English section) and two student publications IN and Little Red Dot. 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.sg 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 Classified

SPH's online classified 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 classified business has a number of leading online classified 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