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SPH is named Distinguished Patron of the Arts for the 16th consecutive year

Singapore, 21 October 2008 - For its contribution to the Singapore arts scene, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) is named Distinguished Patron of the Arts at the Patron of the Arts Award 2008.

The awards will be presented by Dr Lee Boon Yang, Minister for Information, Communications & the Arts this evening at the Esplanade Theatre at 6pm.

SPH has been a Distinguished Patron of the Arts every year since 1993. Last year, SPH’s major contributions to the arts include the Singapore Arts Festival (Play! A Video Game Symphony), SPH Gift of Music series and the popular musical Dim Sum Dollies - The History of Singapore. SPH Gift of Music, launched in 2005, is a series of free outdoor concerts featuring local talents at performances in the heartlands, school campuses, the parks and shopping malls.

On the same note, SPH Foundation will be receiving the Patron of the Arts award. Last year, the Foundation, which was set up in 2003, sponsored the Singapore Writers Festival, the art installation by Suzann Victor at the National Museum of Singapore’s opening festival and Jump ,a Korean dance production, among others. This is the fourth year the Foundation is recognised at the awards.

Commenting on SPH’s recognition at the awards, Ms Ginney Lim, Executive Vice President of SPH’s Legal & Corporate Communications, and General Manager of the SPH Foundation, said: "We are proud to be honoured once again. At SPH, we believe that business and arts go hand in hand. We view arts sponsorship as a long-term commitment and an opportunity to give back to the community which has helped us grow into a leading media company in Singapore with multiple delivery platforms."

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

For more information, please contact:

Francis Mah
Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1028
Mobile: 9697 8208
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 17 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 150 million pageviews with 9 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; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video on demand clips.

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 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM 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.