SINGAPORE, 6 March 2020 - In support of Covid-19 patients and persons-under-quarantine who are currently in isolation wards at various healthcare institutions, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) is donating newspapers, free digital news access, magazines and books produced by the company’s various publications.
In addition, SPH’s partner in the News Tablet project, Samsung Electronics Singapore, will donate SPH News Tablets for this cause. Launched in 2019, these news tablets give users access to the electronic versions of The Straits Times, Berita Harian, and Chinese titles Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News.
The first batch of tablets and reading materials were delivered to Changi General Hospital today.
SPH hopes that this initiative will ease some of the emotional and mental strain of Covid-19 patients in isolation as they remain connected with the latest news through SPH’s platforms and products. At the same time, medical professionals can focus on the more critical aspects of medical care.
Mr. Anthony Tan, SPH Deputy CEO said: “Through this meaningful initiative, SPH hopes to play a part in bringing some cheer to patients and individuals who have been affected by Covid-19 and related health control measures. They have our fullest support. We trust that SPH's engaging content delivered over the various platforms will help them keep connected with happenings around them during this trying period.”
Users of the SPH News Tablet will be able to download the day’s e-paper automatically, browse the 14-day archives, access other apps, and surf the Internet.
Mr. Eric Ng, SPH Deputy Head of Circulation said: “SPH is delighted to partner Samsung where we both contribute to help our hospitals and other healthcare institutions care for patients and individuals affected by Covid-19. Together, we offer quality content and comprehensive coverage, combined with a convenient digital reading experience. We hope this will help keep them informed and entertained as they gradually return to their daily lives.”
SPH Chinese Media Group’s Visual Team and artist-in-residence, Ah Guo, also created artworks in a show of appreciation to frontline medical workers. These artworks have been turned into posters and 20,000 postcards which will be delivered to the frontline staff of hospitals in Singapore as a gesture of SPH’s support for their sacrifice and dedication.
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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.
SPH's core business is publishing newspapers, magazines and books in both print and digital editions. It also owns other digital products, online classifieds, radio stations and outdoor media.
On the property front, SPH owns approximately 70% in a real estate investment trust called SPH REIT which comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road, The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall and The Rail Mall, a stretch of shopping and dining outlets along Upper Bukit Timah Road. In Australia, SPH REIT also holds an 85% equity stake in Figtree Grove Shopping Centre, a freehold sub-regional shopping centre in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, and a 50% stake in Westfield Marion Shopping Centre, the largest and only super regional shopping centre in Adelaide, South Australia. SPH owns and operates The Seletar Mall and is developing a new commercial cum residential site, The Woodleigh Residences and The Woodleigh Mall. It also owns a portfolio of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the United Kingdom and Germany.
It is in the aged care sector and owns Orange Valley, one of Singapore's largest nursing homes.
SPH runs a regional events arm and a chain of Buzz retail outlets. It also invested in the education business.
For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.