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SPH newspapers The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao and Berita Harian win Gold and Bronze awards for "Best in Print" at 2016 Asian Media Awards

Singapore, 21 September 2016 - Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) newspapers - The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao and Berita Harian - have won gold and bronze awards for "Best in Print" during the 2016 Asian Media Awards. 

SPH's English flagship newspaper The Straits Times won the Gold award in the category for "Circulation over 150,000 copies". Chinese language daily Lianhe Zaobao and Malay language daily Berita Harian won the Gold and Bronze awards respectively in the category for "Circulation below 150,000 copies". 

The awards were presented during the World Printer Forum, as part of the WAN-IFRA India conference 2016 held in Kolkata, India. 

SPH was one of the successful participants in the International Newspaper Color Quality Club (INCQC) competition in 2016 where it had submitted the three newspaper titles for assessment at this biennial event. This granted SPH automatic entry into the “Best in Print" Awards.

Established in 1994, INCQC's mandate is to improve the day-to-day quality in reproduction and printing of newspapers worldwide. This quality benchmark is based on proven international process standards and is the only worldwide printing quality competition for newspapers. Participating newspapers have to prove that they can consistently print in accordance with these standards such as ensuring the newspaper copy is clean and free of general print quality defects. 

Successful newspaper publishers are admitted into the exclusive INCQC for two years and the membership is renewed when it meets the criteria for subsequent INCQC competitions. Publishers receive a Star Club award for having successfully participated in at least five editions of INCQC competition. As of July 2016, there are 36 newspaper publishers among the Star Club members and they include notable publishers from Austria, Germany, Hong Kong, Switzerland and USA. To date, SPH has achieved the status of 7 stars in the WAN-IFRA "Star Club".

Founded in 1948, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, is the global organisation of the world’s press. It derives its authority from its global network of 3,000 news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs, and its legitimacy from its 80 member publisher associations representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries.

Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer, SPH, said: "These awards are a testament to the high standards that SPH adheres to in colour printing and production. By ensuring that we achieve the best printing standards for our newspapers, our advertisers and readers can look forward to quality products that will better serve their needs."

Enclosed - 

1) Photo - Mr Lawrence Tan, Senior Production Manager (Operations), Production Division and Ms Lee Gee Jiong, Senior Production Manager (Prepress), Production Division with the three awards they received at this afternoon's Asian Media Awards.  [Photo credit - WAN-IFRA)

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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.


The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian, My Paper (English section) and their respective student publications. It also includes subsidiaries Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE-Russell Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3.

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers in print and digital format - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZBBZ Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly.

SPH's other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, Stomp, and SPH Razor. 

On an average day, 2.8 million* individuals or 68 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications in print copies or one of our digital platforms. (
* Nielsen Media Index 2015, Monday-Sunday, read any SPH newspapers in print or digital format)

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like and in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. It has also invested in digital newsstand Magzter.

SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising options where it manages large format screens and static billboards at key locations in the Central Business District, Orchard Road, City Fringe as well as major heartland hubs.

SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

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.


SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. 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.

Other Businesses

Online Classified

SPH’s online classifieds include the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs, FastJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds,Trezo), sgCarMart and StreetSine.
SPH's regional joint venture online classified business has a number of leading online classified sites in the region.

Events and Exhibitions

Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. 


SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.

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