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SPH wins 3 awards at INMA Global Media Awards

Singapore, 24 May 2017 - Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) has won 3 accolades at the INMA Global Media Awards held last night (New York time) at the Harvard Club of New York.

The competition is produced by the International News Media Association (INMA) to reward excellence in media.

The INMA (International News Media Association) Global Media Awards competition received 655 entries from 196 media companies in 36 countries. Participants include newspaper media, magazine media, digital media, television media, and radio media.

Competition entries were judged in February by an international panel of 44 executives from 17 countries. Judges represented a wide range of media-related companies. The shortlisted include 115 finalists in 20 categories and two groups for global/national brands and regional/local brands, in recognition for innovation in audience, revenue, and brand development.

SPH won second place for Best Brand Awareness Campaign for "A Micro Film Entitled Pa's Expressions". The 10-minute film, Pa's Expressions, is part of a series of events aimed at creating brand awareness following Chinese flagship daily Lianhe Zaobao's (ZB) revamp in 2016. Pa's Expressions was scripted and directed by Mr Wayne Peng, a Taiwan-born commercial film director who is also a columnist with ZB. To capture the passing of time and sense of history, Mr Peng and the ZB team spent time researching and recreating the past to showcase the paper's transformations through the decades.

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SPH also won second place for Best Marketing Solution for an Advertising Client for the digital campaign "Courts BrandInsider". With SPH's credibility and its digital reach, Courts saw the potential in an integrated marketing campaign that would achieve its marketing goals. It embarked on a month long integrated content marketing campaign with BrandInsider to create online and offline buzz for its Tampines Megastore’s 10th anniversary celebration. This all-in-one solution was executed with a creative edge to help Courts cut through the online clutter and achieve its marketing goals. The Courts BrandInsider digital campaign ( is centred on enhanced storytelling capability with interactive technology that showcased the retailer’s products and services. This interactive video is the first in South East Asia, which was an innovation that both SPH and Courts are proud of.
Rounding up the awards was "The Animated and Interactive New Paper", which was awarded third place for Best Execution of Print Advertising. The campaign garnered an additional 20% revenue or more for animation of print ads. More readers downloaded the app to read the e-paper due to its innovative interactive and animation features. The app install base is about 40% of the number of print circulation copies. There was an increase in responses for advertisers as it is made quicker and easier for readers to response to advertisements.  An average of 10% of readers on its e-paper app also contacted advertisers using these features. Print ads continue to be relevant and contribute to a significant share of revenue as more readers continue to read the print-format newspapers on mobile devices. The animation and interactivity features ( were developed in-house and have been awarded 2 patents, a first for SPH. 

Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer of SPH, said: "Winning three awards at the prestigious Global Media Awards speaks volumes of our commitment to innovate and deliver new ideas and concepts to meet our stakeholders' needs. In the face of disruptive innovation and changing media consumption habits, we will continue to strive and excel by enhancing our media offerings and staying ahead of the competition."

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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 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; the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3 and SPH Golf (including SPH Pacom Ltd). 

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, 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, like 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.

Other Businesses

Online Classifieds
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.

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 owns Orange Valley which operates nursing homes. 

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

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