Singapore, 15 April 2008 - For its contribution to the promotion and conservation of Singapore’s heritage, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) will be awarded the prestigious Partner of Heritage award at tonight’s Patron of Heritage Awards ceremony. The awards will be presented by Dr Lee Boon Yang, Minister for Information, Communications & the Arts, at the Asian Civilisations Museum.
The awards are presented to individuals and organisations that have contributed artefacts, artworks or archival materials to exhibitions or sponsored the building and development of museums and heritage institutions in Singapore. They also recognise individuals and organisations that played a pivotal role in creating memorable heritage events for the community at large, and those which contributed to publications and scholarships related to heritage.
This is the second year SPH is honoured by the National Heritage Board since the inauguration of the Awards last year, when SPH received the Friend of Heritage award. SPH’s major sponsorships include the waiver of copyright and usage fees for photos and articles towards various exhibitions, such as the Ng Eng Teng exhibition at NUS Museum, "From Words to Pictures: Art during the Emergency"at the Singapore Art Museum, and the Singapore HeritageFest 2007.
Receiving the award on behalf of SPH, Ms Ginney Lim, Executive Vice-President for Legal and Corporate Communications, said: "SPH is very pleased to receive the Partner of Heritage Award. More importantly, we are glad to be part of the promotion and conservation of our nation’s cultural heritage. As Singapore’s leading media company, we recognise the importance of educating the young about Singapore’s history through various channels and platforms. We are proud of our heritage, which is the corner-stone of nation buiding."
Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation (SPH Foundation), set up in 2003, will be receiving the Friend of Heritage award this evening. Amongst other worthy heritage causes, SPH Foundation sponsored the Drama of History Competition, a competition for students organised by National Museum of Singapore. This is the second year that SPH Foundation is receiving this award.
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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, 2.9 million individuals or 81 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 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 110 million pageviews with 7 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.
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 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.
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.
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.
About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was set up in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. For more information, please visit the Foundation´s website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg.