SPH 25th Anniversary

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Singapore Press Holdings Ltd was formed on 4 August 1984 through a merger of three organisations -
the Straits Times Press group, the Singapore News and Publications Limited and Times Publishing Berhad.

The merger brought together the flagship newspapers in the different languages under one roof. Today we have a rich heritage of more than 16 0 years for The Straits Times and 85 years for Lianhe Zaobao, in addition to over 50 years for Berita Harian and more than 70 years for Tamil Murasu.

In October 1988, Times Publishing Berhad de-merged from the Group. Following the demerger, the Group continued to operate as three fairly autonomous subsidiary companies, the third being Singapore Newspaper Services Pte Ltd, which handles the printing and distribution of the Group's newspapers and magazines.

Since then, SPH has strived to be South East Asia's Leading Media Organisation, Engaging Minds and Enriching Lives across Multiple Languages and Platforms. Some of its milestones include:

  • Merger of Chinese and English newspaper groups
  • The New Paper, an afternoon newspaper, goes on sale
  • Launch of Asiaone and online newspaper products
  • The Straits Times marks its 150th anniversary
  • SPH takes over Tamil Murasu
  • SPH buys Paragon at Orchard Road
  • Lianhe Zaobao celebrates its 80th birthday
  • Times Perodicals is renamed SPH Magazines
  • SPH ventures into outdoor advertising with SPH MediaBoxOffice
  • ST701, online CATS Classified, goes live
  • SPH launches my paper, Singapore's first free bilingual newspaper
  • SPH introduces Sky@eleven, its first property development
  • Launch of rednano.sg, Singapore's first search and directory engine
  • ST Razor TV, SPH's Internet TV, goes live
  • tabla!, a weekly paper for the Indian diaspora, is published
  • SPHERE, SPH's events arm, debuts with Food Safari show

To celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2009, SPH changed its corporate logo for the first time. The new logo was launched on 30 March 2009 by President S R Nathan and Chairman Tony Tan.