SPH Recruits and Grooms Talents to Stay Ahead of Competition

28 Outstanding Students Receive Scholarship Awards from SPH and SPH Foundation

Singapore, 13 July 200728 deserving students received their scholarships from Dr Tony Tan, Chairman of leading media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and registered charity SPH Foundation, at a joint scholarship awards presentation ceremony held at the SPH News Centre auditorium this morning.

10 of the students received the 2007 SPH Journalism Scholarships, out of which six of them will be pursuing their studies overseas. Ms Hoe Pei San, one of the recipients who will be reading Arts & Science at the New York University (NYU) has also been awarded the Presidential Honors Scholars Programme by the university. The NYU Presidential Honors Scholars Programme is a prestigious programme which is extended by invitation only to students with outstanding academic and co-curricular performance.

The 10 scholars were selected from a total of 443 applicants, after going through extensive tests and two interview sessions.

Emphasising on the need to continuously recruit and groom new talents, Dr Tan said, “This is part of our company’s investment for the future. Over the years, we have built a solid reputation for credible reporting and quality writing. We need to attract and groom talents to continue this fine tradition and ensure that we stay ahead of the game.”

SPH has been awarding local and overseas scholarships since 1987 to attract top students to pursue a career in the media. All 10 scholars will join SPH’s newsrooms upon completion of their studies.

Dr Tan also added that the challenge for SPH is to stand out from the information explosion with its credible and quality content, so that the company can achieve success to be more than a printing company operating in Singapore.

Since 1975, SPH has started offering scholarships to the children of staff and newspaper vendors to recognise their contributions to the company. This year, SPH awarded 3 university, 4 polytechnic and 6 junior college awards to the children of its staff, and one university award for its newspaper vendor’s child.

Four students pursuing language studies also received the Lim Kim San Memorial Scholarship awards, which was set up in August 2006 by the SPH Foundation to recognise the contributions made by the late Mr Lim to Singapore. In the inaugural year, four scholarship awards were also presented.

Targeted at students from low-income families, it is the Foundation’s hope that with a little financial help through the bond-free scholarship awards, these scholars will go far in their careers and contribute for the betterment of the Singapore society, just as the late Mr Lim Kim San had done.

With a seed contribution of $20 million in 2003 as well as periodic donations from SPH, the Foundation has since contributed more than $4.5 million to various education, sports, arts and culture, community, and environmental and charitable causes.

The full text of Dr Tan’s speech can be found in Annex A while the profiles of the 28 scholarship award recipients can be found in Annex B below. The original songs penned and performed by the recipients during the awards presentation ceremony can be found in Annex C.

27KB Annex A - Speech by Dr Tony Tan
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80KB Annex B - 2007 Award Recipients
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30KB Annex C - Lyrics of Songs Performed by Scholars
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For more information, please contact:

Ms Selina Esther Lim
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1872
Email: limyl@sph.com.sg

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, 2.7 million individuals or 83 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes over 90 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 100 million pageviews with 6 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's other online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; recruitment and job search service, 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 in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 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.

For more information, please visit the SPH website: www.sph.com.sg.

About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Limited
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was set up in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. For more information, please visit the Foundation 's website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg.


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