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SPH wins coveted Corporate HR Award

Singapore, 4 July – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) was among eight organisations honoured with the coveted Corporate HR Award at the Singapore HR Awards 2008 organised by the Singapore Human Resources Institute.

Held this evening at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel and graced by Speaker of Parliament, Mr Abdullah Tarmugi, the Presentation Gala Nite was a glamorous occasion for hundreds of local and overseas HR professionals and guests as they witnessed distinguished companies and individuals recognised for their accomplishments and achievements in their work on HR.

The Corporate HR Award is presented to organisations that have achieved overall effectiveness in their HR and people management practices, thus contributing to the needs of businesses, the profession, employees, industry and the nation. These organisations would have demonstrated effective, creative and proactive HR & people management practices in at least four of the Leading HR Practices categories.

This year´s edition of the Awards saw a record 169 submissions from 39 organisations, making it one of the most competitive thus far in the history of the Singapore HR Awards.

SPH won in the following six categories, and its clinching of four Leading HR Practices awards qualified the organisation for the prized Corporate HR Award.

1) Leading HR Practices in HR Communications Award
2) Leading HR Practices in Health & Employee Wellness Award
3) Leading HR Practices in Workplace Safety & Health Award
4) Leading HR Practices in Corporate Social Responsibility Award
5) Special Mention in Employee Relations & People Management Award
6) Special Mention in Fair Employment Practices Award

Chief Executive Officer Mr Alan Chan said: "Winning the Corporate HR Award is testimony to the efforts we have put into adopting and developing HR and people management best-practices for the benefit of the 3500 SPH staff. We are honoured by this accolade, which acknowledges our achievements in HR communications, health and employee wellness, workplace health and safety, and corporate social responsibility. It is a tribute to the excellent partnership and teamwork that exist within our organisation, and will spur us on to do even better."

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For more information, please contact:

Eric Chin
Vice-President, Human Resources
DID: 6319 1536
Mobile: 9625 6613

Eric Ching
Manager, Corporate Communications
DID: 6319 1280
Mobile: 9760 1150

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Newspapers and Magazines
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 81 percent 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.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 110 million pageviews with 7 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; and STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging.

SPH has a 20 percent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 percent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has a 80 percent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company, and a 35 percent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.