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SPH Chinese Media Group Digital launches two new video series

Singapore, 1 March 2017 - Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) Chinese Media Group Digital (CMGD) is launching two new video series - “The Newsmaker”(封面人物) and “Why It Matters”(关我什么事), with the first episodes premiering on 1 March and 2 March respectively. 

 “The Newsmaker” is a 13-part series featuring people who have made news headlines in the past. CMGD works with the three Chinese dailies - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News, and leverages the newsrooms' strengths and networks to reconnect with the interviewees. They will share with host Fredrick Lai Yanzhi (Content Producer, CMGD) how the news events changed their lives and how they have been coping since then. 

Each episode is about 6 minutes long, and will be made available on the website and mobile app.

“Why It Matters” is an 8-part animation series that focuses on the sights and sounds that are gradually disappearing from this world, including languages, cultures, flora and fauna. 

Through lively illustrations and info-graphics, local audiences will be able to understand the relevance and potential impact of these big-picture issues. 

Each episode is about 3 minutes long, and will also be made available on the website and mobile app. 

SPH Chinese Media Group Digital Editor cum Lianhe Zaobao Associate Editor Han Yong May said: “Both productions are an extension of the journalistic work we do. Through the newsmakers’ sharing of the ups and downs in their lives, ‘The Newsmaker’ hopes to set audiences thinking and appreciating life’s greater meaning. As for ‘Why It Matters’, it is an informative series that brings together the information-gathering capabilities of journalists and the storytelling capabilities of graphic illustrators in the newsroom, presenting well-grounded animated content to the viewers.”

“The Newsmaker” and “Why It Matters” are Chinese-language programmes with English subtitles. They are two of 10 SPH-produced short form digital video series as part of a pilot Public Service Broadcast initiative.

- Chinese release
- Images of "The Newsmaker" and "Why It Matters"

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For media queries, please contact: 

Ms Goh Rui Long
Digital Product Specialist
Chinese Media Group
SIngapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1048

Ms Vanni Cheong
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Corporate Communications & CSR Division
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.


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 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; the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3, and SPH Golf (including SPH Pacom Ltd).

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, and ZBBZ Newsgazine. 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, and SPH Razor. 

On an average day, 2.5 million* individuals or 59 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 2016, Monday-Sunday, read any SPH newspapers in print or digital format)

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces about 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like and 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.


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. 


SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.

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