Singapore Press Holdings
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Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH; Chinese: 新加坡报业控股) is a media organisation in Singapore with businesses in print, digital, radio and outdoor media, and property and aged care. SPH has over 4,000 employees, including a team of approximately 1,000 journalists, including correspondents operating around the world. The company was one of the country's "blue-chip" counters on the Singapore Stock Exchange, and is a constituent of the Straits Times Index.
|Traded as||SGX: T39|
|Industry||Publishing, mass media|
|Founded||August 4, 1984|
|Dr Lee Boon Yang (chairman)|
Ng Yat Chung (CEO)
Anthony Tan (Deputy CEO)
Singapore Press Holdings Limited was formed on 4 August 1984 through a merger of three organisations, The Straits Times Press Group, Singapore News and Publications Limited and Times Publishing Berhad.
In 2009, SPH celebrated its 25th anniversary and for the first time, changed its corporate logo. The new logo was launched on 30 March 2009 by former President S. R. Nathan and chairman Tony Tan Keng Yam.
Like all newspaper companies in Singapore, SPH is regulated by the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act (NPPA) of 1974 and issues both management and ordinary shares. As specified by the NPPA, all issues and transfers of management shares have to be approved by the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, and in "any resolution relating to the appointment or dismissal of a director or any member of the staff" the vote of one management share is equivalent to 200 ordinary shares.
There are close ties between the directors of SPH and the Singapore Government. S. R. Nathan, Director of the Security and Intelligence Division and later President of Singapore served as SPH's Executive chairman from 1982 to 1988 and the first President (1994–2002) of SPH was Tjong Yik Min, former chief of the Internal Security Department. The immediate former Chairman of SPH, Tony Tan was Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore from 1994 to 2005 and President of Singapore from 2011 to 2017.
99.9% ordinary shares were held by the public. According to the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act:
(3) No person shall, on or after 2nd September 2002, enter into any agreement or arrangement, whether oral or in writing and whether express or implied, to act together with any other person with respect to the acquisition, holding or disposal of, or the exercise of rights in relation to, their interests in voting shares of an aggregate of more than 5% of the total votes attached to all voting shares in a newspaper company without first obtaining the approval of the Minister.
Thus, by ordinary share, there is no controlling shareholder. The current "largest" shareholder by ordinary share is DBS Nominees Pte. Ltd.,. It was followed by the operating unit of Citibank, HSBC, United Overseas Bank and other banks. Other private companies and individuals owned less than 1% of the ordinary share each.
- As of 3 October 2016
|Name||Number||% of management share||Equivalent of ordinary share
(during special voting)
|% of total share capital
(excluding treasury shares)
(during special voting)
|Great Eastern Life Assurance||3,698,297||22.60%||739,659,400|
|United Overseas Bank||1,316,578||8.05%||263,315,600|
|National University of Singapore||876,797||5.36%||175,359,400|
|Nanyang Technological University||658,260||4.02%||131,652,000|
|Fullerton (Private) Limited||658,260||4.02%||131,652,000|
|Directors excluding CEO||32||0.00%||8,000|
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages.
- Business Times
- The Business Times Weekend
- The New Paper
- The Straits Times
- The Sunday Times
- tabla! – free English language newspaper for the Indian community; 30,000 copies distributed each Friday at 7-Eleven outlets
- Lianhe Wanbao (联合晚报)
- Lianhe Zaobao (联合早报)
- Lianhe Zaobao Sunday (联合早报星期日)
- Shin Min Daily News (新明日报)
- Thumbs Up (大拇指)
- Thumbs Up Junior (小拇指）
- Thumbs Up Little Junior (小小拇指）
- zbCOMMA (早报逗号)
- Tamil Murasu (தமிழ் முரசு)
SPH has also published and produced over 80 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.
SPH's subsidiary Straits Times Press produces books and periodicals in English and Chinese.
Beyond print, the digital editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 360 million page views with 23 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH's online and new media initiatives include HardwareZone, the largest forum in Singapore; STJobs and STProperty, online portal for jobs and property; and sgCarMart and STClassifieds for cars and general classified ads.
SPH owns retail properties Paragon, The Clementi Mall and The Seletar Mall. SPH's wholly owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.
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 two retail malls, The Paragon and The Clementi Mall. Paragon is a prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. The Clementi Mall is a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.
Events and outdoor advertisingEdit
SPH's events arm Sphere Exhibits organises consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.
In March 2017, SPH Radio won a bid offer from the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) to operate two additional FM frequencies: 89.3 MHz and the former MediaCorp-owned 96.3 MHz. SPH is planning to launch two new stations on the said frequencies, including a Mandarin-language infotainment station, and an English-language business station.
On 6 June 2000, SPH MediaWorks was set with the aim of breaking into the broadcasting business, and received Singapore's second nationwide free-to-air terrestrial television broadcasting service licence on 6 May 2001. SPH soon afterwards launched two channels, Channel U (Mandarin) and Channel i (English).
On 31 December 2004, SPH sold its television operation to Mediacorp, restoring its former monopoly status. Channel i was shut down on 1 January 2005, but Channel U continues to operate. Through a merger, SPH retains a 20% stake in Mediacorp's television operational, as well as 40% stake in Today newspaper.
In February 2019, it was announced that Keppel Corporation and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) had together obtained majority control of telco M1, after Axiata accepted their joint offer of $2.06 a share for a 28.6 per cent stake. Later in March 2019, the telco said that Konnectivity, a company owned jointly by the two companies, would buy all of its remaining shares.
SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around Singapore.
SPH owns Orange Valley which operates nursing homes.
SPH owns and operates mobile application and job portal FastJobs.
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- "SPH completes sale of Mediacorp stakes". The Straits Times. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
- "SPH raises stake in MindChamps Preschool". The Edge Singapore. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- Hwei, Liang (13 April 2015). "Singapore Classifieds Goes Mobile: SPH Launches FastJobs App". Vulcan Post. Retrieved 22 December 2018.