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SPH is Distinguished Patron of the Arts for 22 consecutive years

Singapore, 17 July 2014 - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will be honoured with its 22nd Distinguished Patron of the Arts award today for its contribution to the Singapore arts scene. 

SPH will be presented with the award by Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister, Ministry of Communications and Information, at the annual Patron of the Arts award ceremony at Suntec Convention Centre this evening. The Distinguished Patron of the Arts award, conferred by the National Arts Council, is the highest honour accorded to an organisation in support of the arts.  

One of the major arts sponsorships by SPH is the popular SPH Gift of Music series, which brings quality music to the masses at the heartlands, shopping malls, campuses and parks. Some of the arts groups which have benefitted from the SPH Gift of Music are Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Lyric Opera, The Philharmonic Winds, Singapore Wind Symphony and the Esplanade. 

UFM100.3, the Chinese station managed by SPH Radio, also clinched the Distinguished Patron of the Arts for their sponsorship of media publicity for Chinese theatre productions by Drama Box and The Theatre Practice. 

SPH Foundation received Associate of the Arts for its support of local arts groups. Through its SPH Foundation Arts Fund, it purchased tickets for the underprivileged to enjoy arts productions, and helped these arts groups to reach out to a wider audience. Some of the arts groups which benefitted from the Arts Fund include Toy Factory, The Theatre Practice, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Wild Rice, ACT 3 International, I Theatre, The Necessary Stage, The Finger Players.  SPH Foundation is also a company sponsor of Singapore Repertory Theatre's The Little Company., Singapore's first bilingual interactive web portal by SPH, was named Arts Supporter for its support of Drama Box and The Theatre Practice. The bilingual website provided editorial and video coverage for their events, as well as advertising space for the two arts groups in the past year.

Ms Ginney Lim, SPH's General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications & CSR, and General Manager of the SPH Foundation, said: "This award is a befitting 30th anniversary gift for us. It is a testament of our commitment in supporting the local arts scene as part of our active corporate citizenry. Through the SPH Foundation Arts Fund, we also create opportunities for the less fortunate in our society to appreciate the beauty of the arts." 

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For more information, please contact:
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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.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing
SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent 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. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, SPH's suite of digital products includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, and SPH Razor. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions. The Malay language-daily Berita Harian has apps for both iPhones and Android smartphones and iPads, offering both native and PDF formats, and an online version.

In the radio business, SPH Radio Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. 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.

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.

SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited.

The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:

· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore.

The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. 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.

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