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    Media - Newspapers & online news editions

       The Straits Times     (English)     S$0.80 per copy

           *Available on the streets and on the Internet

     How to reach them after office hours:

     Please call operators at Tel: (65) 6737 0011

The English, Malay and Chinese newsrooms in the Singapore Press Holdings Group moved to 1000 Toa Payoh North in February 2002.

Here is how to contact some departments at the new address:

English/Malay Newspapers Classified (Cats)


  Tel: (65) 1800 289 9988

  Fax: (65) 6319 8228

Chinese Newspapers Classified (mini-Ads)


  Tel: (65) 1800 289 9988

  Fax: (65) 6319 8228

The new building uses (65) 737 0011 as its directory number, which was the main number for Times House.

News Centre retains its directory number of (65) 6743 8800

While the current extension numbers of SPH employees have been retained, all of them are prefixed with 6319. So, to get an employee, you need to call 6319 XXXX.

     Project Eyeball* - daily tabloid (English)     S$0.80 per copy

          *Circulation suspended on 29 Jun 2001

Project Eyeball suspended on 29 Jun 2001

  Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) will suspend the publication of both the print and online versions of Project Eyeball tomorrow. Today's edition will be the last, for now. Since its launch last August, Singapore's first integrated print and cyberspace publication - pitched at young and Internet-savvy readers - ran up a loss of S$13.3 million. Mr CHEONG Yip Seng, Editor-In-Chief of SPH's English and Malay Newspapers Division, said Project Eyeball was not able to achieve the circulation or advertising revenue expected. Its circulation target for the first year was 25,000 to 35,000. Explaining why Project Eyeball was being suspended after just 10 months, Mr CHEONG said, "We exhausted the capital that was authorised by the board." "We had expected that this money would carry across three years, but we have exhausted it. We could find no reason to go back to the board for more capital." Yesterday afternoon, SPH Group President TJONG Yik Min broke the news to Project Eyeball's 65 staff members. 45 staff members would be redeployed with most going to The Straits Times. (Straits Times 28 Jun 2001) More on the last issue.....

     The New Paper - afternoon tabloid (English)     S$0.70 per copy

          *Available on the streets and on the Internet

     Business Times - daily (English)

          *Available on the streets and on the Internet

          The Business Times has launched its Weekend edition (17 Nov 2001)

     Streats* - morning tabloid (English)     Distributed free

          280,000 copies distributed every morning (Dec 2002)

          *Last issue on 31 Dec 2004

Hello 2005; Goodbye Streats

"As we bid a warm welcome to 2005, we also find ourselves saying goodbye to a good read - Streats newspaper. The last issue of Streats appeared yesterday. So, from today, there will be no more Streats in the streets. And, there will be no more Streats to greet us at MRT stations in the early morning rush-hours and at lunchtime..."


      Today - morning tabloid (English)     Distributed free

          - Today newspaper launches 50-cent weekend edition on 27 Apr 2002.

     Zaobao - daily (Chinese)

          Available on the streets and on the Internet

     Berita Harian - daily (Malay)

          Available on the streets and on the Internet

     Tamil Murasu - daily (Tamil)

          Available on the streets and on the Internet


     Others:  A new website launched on 12 Jan 2002 by the Films and Publications Department (FPD) with the aim of providing a user-friendly resource for movie-goers in Singapore. FPD monitors films and publications in Singapore. is a news/information website on trends in Singapore and south-east asia.   is the Web site of the new Media Development Authority, formed by the merger of the Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA), the Films and Publications Department (FPD) and the Singapore Film Commission (SFC).




     - Singapore withdraws circulation approval for Far Eastern Economic Review

     - Circulation Of Foreign Newspapers In Singapore

     - SPH's free Chinese newspaper hits the streets

     - SPH to launch Singapore's first free Chinese newspaper in June 2006


     - The Straits Times turns 160



Hello 2005; Goodbye Streats

"As we bid a warm welcome to 2005, we also find ourselves saying goodbye to a good read - Streats newspaper. The last issue of Streats appeared yesterday. So, from today, there will be no more Streats in the streets. And, there will be no more Streats to greet us at MRT stations in the early morning rush-hours and at lunchtime..."



Copyright (Amendment) Bill

Changes At A Glance

New Right of Communication for works

New Rights for Producers of Sound Recordings

New Rights for Performers

Removal and alteration of rights management information

Technological Measures protecting Copyrighted Works

Stronger Enforcement Measures

Criminal Liability for wilful infringement of copyright


     - MediaCorp & SPH merge their TV and free newspaper operations


SingTel sells stake in Today newspaper

SingTel sold its entire 28.51-per-cent stake in MediaCorp Press to broadcaster MediaCorp for S$13.66 million. MediaCorp said it had initiated the sale, which makes it the sole owner of Today.

Source: Straits Times 16 Sep 2004 (H3)


SMRT Corp pulls out of Today venture

SMRT Corp has sold all its remaining shares in the loss-making free daily newspaper Today to two other partners in the venture - MediaCorp Pte Ltd and SingTel. 

Source: Straits Times 19 Aug 2004 (H4)


Weekend Today gets facelift from 5 Jun 2004

The Weekend Today newspaper has been refined, revamped and repackaged. The 5 Jun 2004 weekend issue sports the new version. On page two, Today says they have "added three new sections to help you do what all Singaporeans like to do on the weekend: SHOP". And "to make the newspaper more accessible, however, more of the 300,000 copies that go out on the weekend will be available at major shopping centres, along the Orchard Road belt and at fast-food chains and coffee houses".

Source: Weekend Today 5 Jun 2004 (2)


     - The Sunday Times gets a new look from 28 Sep 2003


An international edition of London-based business newspaper Financial Times for its 5,000 readers in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia is now being printed in Singapore by Singapore Press Holdings. The edition was previously printed in Senai in Malaysia.

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) bought four state-of-the-art printing machines at a cost of S$123 million in 2000. The new machines were installed in February 2002. When operational at the end of 2003, the fully automated KBA presses, which can ink 4,480 pages a second, will boost the company's overall output by 40% to 10,880 pages per second and allow more colour pages for SPH's newspapers. (Straits Times 12 Sep 2003 H7)


  Veteran journalist Paul Jansen, 49, of The Straits Times was named acting editor of Streats yesterday. He takes over from Mr Ken Salleh Jr, who is being redeployed within Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). Streats underwent a revamp on 18 Nov 2002 and its print run was increased to 280,000 copies a day, with 120,000 copies distributed to homes. (Straits Times 18 Dec 2002) (H2)

 Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) headquarters in Toa Payoh will be renamed News Centre, like its former headquarters. (Straits Times 11 Nov 2002) (H3)

  A new media competition code to ensure that media groups here compete fairly will be released by the first half of 2003. The code will be enforced by a new statutory board called the Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore, which will merge the present Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA), Films and Publications Department and the Singapore Film Commission. (Straits Times 1 Nov 2002) (H5)

  Upset by what he viewed as a "vicous and personal attack" on him in two media articles, Comfort managing director GOH Chee Wee has directed that Business Times (BT) journalist Christopher TAN be barred from all company events. (Straits Times 3 Oct 2002) (3)

  An AC Nielson survey done between July 2001 and June 2002 shows that newspaper readership, boosted by the recent appearance of free sheets Streats and Today, has risen to 87 per cent of Singapore's teen and adult population. Over the same period in the previous two years, 82 per cent of that potential market of three million people read newspapers regularly. The Straits Times captured 43 per cent of readership while Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao posted 22 per cent and 18 per cent respectively. The report sampled a total of 4,200 Singaporeans aged 15 and above using face-to-face interviews. (Straits Times 2 Oct 2002) (H5)

  The Straits Times has been named Newspaper of the Year by Sydney-based Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (Panpa) which groups together over 300 newspaper publishing companies and suppliers from 14 countries in the Pacific Rim, including Australia and New Zealand. (Straits Times 15 Aug 2002 (1)

  The New Paper Big Walk held yesterday attracted 68,950 participants. (Straits Times 20 May 2002) (H4)

  Today newspaper launches 50-cent weekend edition on 27 Apr 2002.

  Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has launched a "stick-on" advertisement in its morning dailies, such as The Straits Times, The Business Times and Lianhe Zaobao. These Post-It advertisements can be pulled off the newspaper and stuck on a fridge, board or any other surface. (Straits Times 18 Mar 2002) (H2)

  Streats, the free commuter newspaper, will have a formal face tomorrow. Besides a new purple masthead, there will be more pages devoted to financial news. About 230,000 copies of Streats are printed every day by its publisher Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), which launched it on 4 Sep 2000. (Straits Times 17 Feb 2002)(6)

  The last edition of The Straits Times will roll out of the mustard-coloured Times House building at the corner of Kim Seng Road and River Valley Road as the newspaper moves out to new premises after 44 years. Their new office is a 110,256-sq-ft complex in Toa Payoh North. (The Straits Times 11 Feb 2002)(L4,5) 


  Free commuter tabloid newspaper Streats will be published from Monday to Friday from next week, said Singapore Press Holdings yesterday. Streats editor Ken Jalleh, Jr said that human traffic during rush hour was lower on Saturdays than weekdays. (Straits Times 13 Dec 2001) (H6)

  The English, Malay and Chinese newsrooms in the Singapore Press Holdings Group will move to 1000 Toa Payoh North by Chinese New Year in February next year. (Straits Times 30 Nov 2001) (H4)

  Within a year of its launch by SPH Holdings, STREATS has captured 14 per cent of readership. This means that more than 400,000 people are flipping through its pages regularly. Today has 346,000 readers, or 11 per cent of the pie shared by the 10 local dailies available here. The figures were released on Tuesday by leading market research firm ACNielson Media International in its annual Media Index survey. Other findings showed that The Straits Times remains the dominant paper here with 44 per cent of readership. The English daily reaches out to 1.3 million people aged 15 and above. Lianhe Zaobao follows closely with 22 per cent. (Straits Times 5 Oct 2001) (H4)

  Starting today, readers of The Straits Times and The New Paper can get video clips, music files and other information related to articles they read simply by calling the Personal Infotainment Centre (PIC) service on their mobile phones, regardless of which telephone company, or telco, they use. PIC numbers start with 88* and appear either at the end of selected articles or in info boxes. The PIC service costs you nothing, apart from the usual airtime call charges. By calling the PIC number, you get weblinks to the desired information sent to your personal folder at Short news items, soccer scores for example, can also be sent via SMS to your mobile phone.(Straits Times 15 Aug 2001)(1)

  The Straits Times newspaper comes as a narrower-width paper from today. The new page width is 35.5 cm - 2.6cm or 6.6 per cent narrower - while the page length remains unchanged at 58 cm. In terms of news presentation, The Straits Times will move from its eight-column format to a new seven-column grid. There will be no change to the paper's sections or text size. (Straits Times 10 Aug 2001)(1)

  The findings of a survey conducted between February and April 2001 by students of the Singapore Polytechnic's school of business show that 84 per cent of respondents said they read The Straits Times regularly. The New paper came in second with 58 per cent. The Sunday Times clinched third place with 48 per cent. The survey of 800 people aged 15 to 30 who were interviewed in the streets aimed to find out where young people get their news and what they think of the news sources. Two in five surveyed were students. Almost half said they preferred the print media, with 37 per cent choosing television, 8 per cent citing radio and 7 per cent preferring the Internet. (Straits Times 2 Aug 2001)(H4) 

  Mediawatch Community, an independent local press watchdog, has been given a licence to operate as a non-profit company by the Registry of Companies and Businesses. The licence was given on 19 Jun 2001. The watchgroup was set up by a group of intellectuals, non-government organisation leaders and former journalists in March to raise media standards and encourage fair representation of alternative views. (Straits Times 3 Jul 2001)

  Singapore Press Holding's (SPH) daily tabloid Project Eyeball folded after only 10 months because of intense media competition and wrong pricing, Minister for Information and the Arts LEE Yock Suan said last night. "Unfortunately, it was difficult for it to survive once the free newspapers, Streats and Today, hit the streets and were financed by advertisements," he said. He also felt that the cover price at 80 cents for Project Eyeball, which lost S$13.3 million since it was launched in August 2000, was too high. "It may have a better chance if it was priced lower." He said he regretted the paper's closure because the quality was "quite good", especially the writing. But it was writing for too small a market, the Net-savvy readers he said. Mr LEE said only newspapers with a daily run of 350,000 copies could appeal to advertisers. (Straits Times 3 Jul 2001)

  An independent newspaper readership survey, Optimum Media Direction (OMD), has found that the recent entry of two free commuter tabloids, Streats and Today, did not affect established dailies, such as The Straits Times. According to the survey, The Straits Times has a 47% share of the readership pie, or a projected estimate of 1.4 million readers. Lianhe Zaobao is second with 23%, followed by evening daily Lianhe Wanbao with 17%. Streats is fourth with 16%. The New Paper takes 13% followed by Today with 10%. Business Times has 3% of the pie while Project Eyeball has 1%. The survey also found that the readership profile of Streats and Today - young adults, students and white-collar workers aged 15 to 24 - was similar to that for The New Paper (TNP). As a result, the two freesheets were more likely to take readers from TNP. 46% of those who read Streats or Today said they were now reading TNP less. (Straits Times 21 Dec 2000)

Maiden Issue on 10 Nov 2000

  TODAY, the newest newspaper in Singapore, hit the streets early morning on 10 Nov 2000. The tabloid is distributed free and is available at all bus interchanges, MRT Stations, hospitals, Shell petrol stations and coffee joints.

  DelGro Company, one of the four parties involved in the launch of TODAY, a free tabloid to be launched on 10 Nov 2000, delivered a shocker on 8 Nov 2000 by saying it had changed its mind about being part of the enterprise. The other parties are MediaCorp, SMRT and SingTel Yellow Pages.

  STREATS, the free newspaper aimed at injecting a little colour into commuters' mornings, became available on Saturdays too from the weekend of 4-5 Nov 2000.

Maiden Issue on 2 Sep 2000

  STREATS, the free commuter tabloid from media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) was launched on 2 Sep 2000 at Orchard Road with a party that aimed to be a feast in more ways than one. The colourful inaugural issue came with 29 coupons for free food and drinks and a S$1 phonecard. The party at the Shaw House amphitheatre from 2pm to 6pm was livened up with perfomances by Brazilian dancers and a French gipsy band, among others. Streats is SPH's 12th newspaper. From Monday 4 Sep 2000, it was distributed at MRT stations and bus interchanges from 7am to 9am, Mondays to Fridays.

  Project Eyeball, the newest newspaper in town, was launched on Saturday 12 Aug 2000 at Orchard Road with a bumper issue of more than 60 pages. About 120,000 copies of the tabloid-sized paper were distributed free on Saturday and the following Monday to Friday. Thereafter, it costs 80 cents a copy. Project Eyeball has an integrated print and online version. The weekend version will only be available online at

  Singapore Press Holding's new morning tabloid for commuters, STREATS,  hit the streets from 4 Sep 2000.

  The net version of Project Eyeball, Singapore Press Holding's cyberspace and print integrated newspaper, was launched on Monday, 17 Jul 2000. The print version will hit the streets on 12 Aug 2000. Project Eyeball's website,, will give surfers a glimpse of what is to come and a chance to help shape the newspaper and website.

  The New Paper had a new editor at the helm on Monday, 17 Jul 2000. Mr Ivan Fernandez, 49, the paper's deputy editor since 1990, took over as editor following the departure of Mr P.N. Balji, the paper's editor since 1990. Mr Fernandez is a lawyer by training. He and his wife, Shila, 46, have two children, Taralyn 17, and Devin, 10. Mr Balji left to head Today, the free newspaper soon to be launched as a joint project of Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT), Media Corporation of Singapore, Singapore Telecom Yellow Pages and bus operator Delgro.