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SPH wins at The Spark Awards

Singapore, 19 August 2016 –  Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH), Asia’s leading media company, clinched four awards at The Spark Awards 2016 last night. The awards were presented at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner at Four Seasons Hotel.

The Spark Awards, organised by Marketing Magazine, is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia which celebrates the best media solutions, products and services by top media owners and publishers from across the region. Trophies across 31 categories were awarded to the leading media owners at the ceremony and SPH bagged 1 Gold,  2 Silvers and 1 Bronze awards.

SPH’s FastJobs app, a mobile platform for job seekers to search for temporary, contract, non-executive and part-time jobs, clinched a Gold in the “Best App by a Media Owner” category. Packed with essential functionalities, the mobile app simplifies and fast-tracks the job search and application process for jobseekers. The FastJobs app was awarded a Bronze in the same category at The Spark Awards 2015.

SPH also won a Silver in the “Best Media Solution – Print” category for its "A Sparkling Christmas with Swarovski" print ad, which appeared in The Sunday Times newspaper. Working together with the Swarovski creative team, SPH CreativeLAB brought Christmas cheer to 350,000 households  in a unique, interactive manner – a 3D Christmas Tree origami advertisement (a 4pp cover-wrap of The Sunday Times) where readers could cut and fold the newspaper into a glittering Swarovski tree. The campaign successfully brought the Swarovski brand into every household and also highlighted how with creativity, the newspaper is a powerful, effective and engaging advertising platform.

The Business Times, Singapore's leading financial daily, won one award – a Silver in the 
"Best Subscription Strategy" category for the paper's All-in-One Package Campaign, which offers readers access to content across print and digital platforms. The Business Times was also a finalist in the "Best Event by a Media Owner" category for The Business Times Wine Challenge – CEOs' Choice.

SPHMBO, SPH's out-of-home (OOH) advertising arm, bagged a Bronze in the 
"Best Media Solution – Out of Home" category for its "Peel Off and Take Off to Darwin with SilkAir" campaign. The successful campaign, strategically placed along the basement linkway of Ocean Financial Centre, featured a large wall mural with photos and a digital screen providing a visual experience of activities one can do in Darwin. The campaign also engaged audience by getting them to peel off stickers on the wall mural for a lucky draw code which gives them the opportunity to win four return tickets to Darwin. The same campaign was also a finalist in the "Best Media Solution – Experiential" category. 

SPH's subsidiaries, SPH Radio and SPH Magazines' herworldPLUS were also finalists in the "Best Commercial Team" and "Best Website by a Media Owner" categories respectively. 

Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer of SPH, said: "We are delighted to have clinched four awards at this year's Sparks Awards. These awards are a testament of how SPH consistently innovates and improves its products and services, engaging and serving the needs of our readers and advertisers alike. As Asia's leading media organisation, we will continue to enhance and excel in our media offerings, to stay ahead of the competition." 


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For more information, please contact:

Chua Pei Ling
Executive, Corporate Communications & CSR 
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 
DID: 6319 1895 
Email: 
plchua@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 (EMTM) comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian, My Paper (English section) and their respective student publications
. It also includes subsidiaries 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-Russell Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3.

The Chinese Media group (CMG) publishes three Chinese newspapers in print and digital format - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; 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, UFM100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH's other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, Stomp, zaobao.sgomy.sg and SPH Razor. 

On an average day, 2.8 million* individuals or 68 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications in print copies or one of our digital platforms. (* Nielsen Media Index 2015, Monday-Sunday, read any SPH newspapers in print or digital format)

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 options where it manages large format screens and static billboards at key locations in the Central Business District, Orchard Road, City Fringe as well as major heartland hubs.

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 classifieds include the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs, FastJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds,Trezo), 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.