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Fun activities for the public at omy's public launch

Singapore, 5 October 2007 - omy (www.omy.sg), Singapore’s first bilingual news and interactive web portal, is inviting the public to experience the site personally at a full-day event of fun and activities at VivoCity, Amphitheatre Level 3 tomorrow (6 October 2007).

Instead of navigating the website alone at home, the public is encouraged to go to this outdoor event and win attractive prizes. There will be celebrity appearances by omy bloggers, and performances by local singers Tay Kewei, Paul Twohill, Vin of Jing Bao Yue Tuan (静爆乐团) and Shinya, ex-lead singer of mando visual rock band, Lucify.

Hosted by Radio 100.3FM deejays Christie (小猪) and Kenneth (坚文), the event will have various activity zones to highlight selected sections of omy.sg. For instance, a mini golf course in the shape of Singapore Island will offer participants the chance to experience the Lobang section of omy while a goalpost at the Playground section will allow them to score goals.

Since its launch on September 25, omy.sg captured more than 1.3 million pageviews in just seven days and enjoyed an average of more than 11,000 unique visitors daily.

Mr Chua Chim Kang, Editor of omy, said: "These figures are very encouraging and if we keep this up, we can achieve our initial target of 3 million pageviews for the first month. This omy public event at Vivocity is a good way for us to thank our users for their strong support as well as to introduce omy to more people."

omy
is the latest new media venture by leading media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH). The user-friendly bilingual portal is easy to navigate, even for users unfamiliar with surfing Chinese sites on the Internet.

Targeted at online users from 18 to 35 years old, omy engages users through various new media channels that they are familiar with, that is, via SMS, MMS, vodcast, podcast, Internet forum and blogs. It empowers users by providing an interactive platform for them to share their views and opinions with other users, as well as the omy editorial team.

For those who prefer visuals to text, omyoffers an interesting range of vodcast content such as current issues, lifestyle, fashion, beauty, IT, shopping and show business. There are also exciting online games for those who like challenges, and other interactive features such as geoblogging (blogging based on geographical locations), bilingual forums and sections for users to submit their own videos and photographs.

Programme Schedule
@1.00pm Talkshow with omy bloggers, 蔡深江 and 黄明德, Radio 100.3FM DJ, 黄文鸿 and more
@2.00pm Celebrity stylist Addy Lee from Monsoon Group
@3.00pm Sing-a-long with popular blogger and rising star, 郑可为
@3.15pm Join the omy wet-balloon game
Stay dry to win Club Med package for 2 to Cherating Beach
@3.30pm Hip Hop with breakdancing crew, Radical Force on stage
@3.45pm Paul Twohill on stage
@4.00pm Pop the most balloons and win Club Med package for 2 to Bali
@4.45pm Vin (lead singer of 静爆乐团 ) and Shinya (ex-lead singer of Lucify) on stage
@5.00pm Join Beatboxer Stitch beatboxing on stage
@5.15pm Paul Twohill is back on stage for another performance
@5.30pm Stay on for more stage games
Grab the chance to win Club Med Travel package to Kani, Maldives
@6.00pm Event ends

More on omy

There are 12 sections in omyincluding news, citizen journalism, showbiz, My Lifestyle, Eat!, Multimedia, Playground, Showtime, Y-zone, Forum, Blog and Lobang.

News

It offers the hottest local and international news of the day. omy,in addition to its own editorial team, also has the strong backing of SPH’s group of Chinese newspapers. News content are incorporated from all SPH’s Chinese newspapers.

Citizen Journalism

omy users are encouraged to become an editorial staff by submitting news leads or photographs to the bilingual site.

Showbiz

From the hottest news in the entertainment scene to the latest movie trailers and music reviews, Showbiz has it all.

My Lifestyle

Vodcasts on the latest fashion, beauty, IT, Cars, shopping and other lifestyle trends are uploaded.

Eat!

A section on eating places and food including vodcasts and articles. There is also a food search function using names of dishes and venues as key words.

Multimedia

A one-stop media centre for users who are looking for visual content. All the vodcasts, podcasts and photo galleries are "housed" and archived here.

Lobang

Powered by Google Earth, this section offers users a virtual map of Singapore to share all their "lobangs" such as food reviews, bloggers’ and users’ comments on the latest happenings.

Showtime

Users can submit their videos and photos here to be rated by other users.

Playground

Living up to its name, this cyber playground offers 100 free-to-play online flash games which are constantly updated. Fans of English Premier League soccer matches can participate in the score prediction game where users earn points to exchange for prizes. There is also daily horoscope readings.

Y-Zone

This is a newsroom managed by student journalists from various tertiary institutions. They will write on youth topics for the younger users.

Blogs

Blogs of your various omy journalists can be found here, as well as celebrity blogs such as David Gan who offers hairstyling tips. You can also find blogs of various celebrity fan clubs from Jay Chou, S.H.E and Wang Lee Hom.

Forum

A place for users to air their views in both English and Chinese.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Co. Regn. No: 198402868E


For more information, please contact:

Alvin Lim
Online Marketing Executive
omy
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 2490

Francis Mah
Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1028
Email: mahys@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Newspapers and Magazines
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.7 million individuals or 83 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes over 90 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 100 million pageviews with 6 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; and STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging.

Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 percent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 percent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has a 80 percent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company, and a 35 percent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.