Singapore, 20 November 2016 – Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) today announced the appointment of Alvin Tay as Managing Editor of English/Malay/Tamil Media group (EMTM) and Wong Wei Kong as Editor of The Business Times (BT) from 1 December 2016. Both will report to Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief of EMTM and Editor of The Straits Times.
The appointments are part of leadership succession in EMTM, which comprises the print and digital editions of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian, and their respective student publications.
It also includes subsidiaries Tamil Murasu Ltd, which also publishes tabla!, the weekly for the Indian community; book publishing arm Straits Times Press Ltd; SPH Data Services Ltd which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE-Russell Ltd; financial data company Shareinvestor; the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3; and SPH Golf (including SPH Pacom Ltd).
Mr Tay, 61, became BT's editor on 1 Sep 2002. In 2004, he revamped the business daily and turned around a downward trend in circulation and advertising revenue. He also grew BT.com's digital readership and revenue. In 2008, he converted BT Weekend from a broadsheet to a compact format to cater to readers on the move. In Oct 2014, the BT team undertook another major revamp and reorganised BT's content by sector rather than by geography to better capture sectoral and industry-wide trends.
In October this year, in celebration of BT's 40th anniversary, BT Weekend introduced a “newspaper magazine” for quality weekend reading. Today, BT publishes three successful magazine titles which are distributed free with the daily paper – SME Magazine, Wealth Magazine and the Luxe Magazine. It also organises four business awards catering to companies at different stages of development – Emerging Enterprises, Enterprise 50, the Singapore Corporate Awards (for listed companies) and the Singapore Business Awards, to recognise the best in corporate performance and governance.
Mr Fernandez said: "Alvin is a respected veteran in the newsroom with more than 30 years of experience with BT and ST. His wealth of knowledge and strong network of contacts will put him in good stead as he helps EMTM identify and seize new opportunities for synergy and growth of our products and adjacencies, as well as new businesses."
He said Alvin will be assisted by S Murali, 46, Deputy Managing Editor, who will move from The New Paper. Alvin will also work with Tan Ooi Boon, 48, EMTM's Senior Vice-President of Business Development.
Mr Fernandez added: "Wei Kong has been with BT for 18 years. Committed and driven, he is also a strong mentor and leader, and has the full support and trust of the BT newsroom. I have every confidence that he will grow BT from strength to strength."
Mr Tay said: "BT is run like a big family and I am grateful to all my colleagues for working with me to build BT to where it is today. It's in reasonably good shape financially, and I am confident that Wei Kong will bring it to even greater heights. Wei Kong has been groomed to assume the BT editorship for the past two years and I know he is ready."
He added: "As for my new assignment, I look forward to working with colleagues from other newsrooms to monetise the product offerings in the EMTM group, as well as develop new project collaborations between newspapers, in both print and digital."
Mr Wong, 48, said: "Under Alvin's editorship, BT made tremendous strides in growing its franchise, both as a news product on multiple platforms and as a brand. He has given us a very strong base to build on. Just as important, he has created a great atmosphere here, and done much to build a happy newsroom."
He added: "BT will continue to focus on growing our franchise. We do not want to underestimate what we're up against, but we don't want to underestimate our strengths too. Chief among these is a very talented newsroom, one that is together and with a can-do spirit. This gives us the quiet confidence that we can turn challenges into opportunities."
Alvin Tay (Left) and Wong Wei Kong
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The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian 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, and ZBBZ Newsgazine. 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, zaobao.sg, zaobao.com and SPH Razor.
On an average day, 2.5 million* individuals or 59 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 2016, 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, likehardwarezone.com, herworldplus.com and luxuryinsider.com 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 digital 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.
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 classifieds business has a number of leading online classifieds sites in the region.
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