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MediaCorp (Chinese: 新传媒; pinyin: Xīn Chuánméi) is a conglomeration group of commercial media companies in Singapore specializing largely in television and radio broadcasting, and to a lesser extent, in periodicals and newspaper publishing and filmmaking.

MediaCorp Group comprises of the following divisions:

At present, MediaCorp runs 6 television channels and 14 radio channels, making MediaCorp the largest media broadcaster and provider in Singapore.

Before 2001, MediaCorp was formerly known as:

MediaCorp has held a virtualised monopoly in the television broadcasting market, and most of the radio broadcasting market for a substantial amount of years. With the liberalisation of Singapore media in January 1,2001 however, SPH MediaWorks, a division of Singapore Press Holdings entered the market. Losses by both companies due to competition led to a merger, and as of 1 January 2005, MediaCorp once again became the monopoly in the mass market free-to-air terrestrial television provider.

[edit] Location

Mediacorp Caldecott Broadcast Centre

MediaCorp is currently located at Andrew Road, Caldecott Broadcasting Centre. By 2011, it will be relocated to Bukit Batok.

[edit] Milestones

  • 1 June 1936, it was started as the first radio station in Singapore. It started a TV service in 15 February 1963. 2 April, regular TV services was launch on Channel 5. On 23 November the same year, the second channel, Channel 8, was launched. Channel 5 shows some of the English and Malay programme while the Channel 8 shows some of the Chinese and Tamil programme.
  • 1966, Old broadcast house moved to current TV studio at Caldecott Hill. Old broadcast house was redeveloped into drama street scene.
  • 1974, it started a colour television service.
  • 1984, it launched the TV12 channel, and in 1994, had them separated into Prime 12 and Premiere 12.
  • 1990, SBC launched Stereo on all TV channels.
  • 1994, SBC becomes Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS), one of the three companies created from the privatisation process.
  • 1995, Channel 5 and 8 started 24-hour broadcasts.
  • 1997, Channel 8 productions were exported to the Taiwanese cable market via TCSI (TCS International), a cable network in Taiwan. Popular serials included Fann Wong's Return of the Condor Heroes.
  • 1999, SIM Group of Companies underwent corporate restructure, became Media Corporation of Singapore, or MediaCorp Singapore.
  • 1999, it started Channel NewsAsia (CNA), the world and local news channel, which can also be seen on Asia Cable TV.
  • 2000, Prime 12 and Premiere 12 were renamed to Suria and Central respectively. That year, it launched SportCity (later rename CityTV on 2001) for all sports programmes, which ceased transmission in 2002 due to the regional economic slowdown.
  • 2001, TCS becomes MediaCorp TV.
  • 2001, TVMobile started operation and it became the world's first outdoor digital TV system, broadcasting on some 1500 SBS Transit buses.
  • 2001, To end the monopoly Mediacorp Tv had on The media, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) was given the license to enter the broadcasting arena, there by creating SPH Mediaworks TV, which created Channel U and TV Works [Later Renamed To Channel I]. At The Same Time, Mediacorp was given the license to print, write and distribute the free daily tabloit the Today newspaper.
  • 2004, to prevent further economic losses, MediaCorp and SPH decided to merge their free to air FTA television and free newspaper operations.
  • 31 December 2004, MediaCorp and SPH announces that the merger is legally completed, thereby creating the new holding company, MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which now owns Channel 5, Channel 8, TVMobile and Channel U.
  • 1 January 2005, Channel U (Previously under SPH MediaWorks Ltd, a subsidiary of SPH) joins MediaCorp.
  • 2006, Mediacorp launch the online broadband television, called MOBTV.
  • May 2006, Mediacorp began a HDTV trial channel, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was the first movie to be shown on the channel. Mediacorp expects to be HDTV ready by 2007.
  • 2 October 2006, real-time subtitling for news bulletins was launch on Channel 5 news for the hearing inpaired viewers, follow by Channel 8 and Suria in 3 December.

[edit] Management

[edit] Audit Committee

  • Chairman: Ho Kwon Ping

[edit] Group Internal Audit

MediaCorp Group's Strategic Business Units (SBUs) are managed quite independently from the parent group.

[edit] MediaCorp channels

MediaCorp offers 6 free-to-air terrestrial television channels:

  • Channel 5 is a 24-hour, English-language channel. Programmes of Channel 5 normally includes dramas, variety shows, news, current affairs and game programmes and general adaptations of foreign productions, such as Singapore Idol and Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. It features many American-based productions such as reality dramas such as Survivor, The Amazing Race and Project Runway, sitcoms including Friends and Frasier, and dramas such asDesperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, and X-Files.
  • Channel 8 is a 24-hour, Mandarin channel. It is the highest-rated channel in Singapore. It airs local and regional-made Chinese dramas, variety shows, news and current affairs programmes. Special Chinese-language events like the "NKF Charity Show", "Star Search" and "Star Awards" are also broadcasted on this channel.
  • Channel U is the second Chinese-language channel. It aims to reach the younger generation who wishes an alternative to the more traditional commercial television programming. It has a slogan 带动亚洲流行, Leading Asia's Trends.
  • Central is a combination of Kids Central, Arts Central and Vasantham Central, which is an English-language channel for children, an English-language channel featuring the arts, and a Tamil-language channel for dramas respectively.
  • Suria is a Malay-language channel featuring malay dramas and latest programmes with a tagline "Semakin Bersinar" meaning "Shining Even Brighter". Showing programmes like Anugerah 2005, Pesta Pesta Pesta and Dia Suria has seen recognition in the non-Malay community, drawing media attention in Singapore and surrounding regions.
  • Channel NewsAsia is an English-language regional channel for international news and current affairs.
  • TVMobile, The world's first outdoor digital television channel, aired on public buses, which features reruns and simulcasts of shows from its sister channels and occasionally feature original content, e.g. shorts produced in collaboration with Nanyang Polytechnic. It is broadcasted as a free-to-air channel using the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard, but can only be received with a digital set-top box for home viewers.

[edit] Shows for MediaCorp TV

[edit] TV drama and sitcom series

Chinese language:

  • Seletar Robbery (1982) (First Singapore telemovie)
  • The Awakening (1984) (The first blockbuster drama)
  • The Golden Pillow (1996)(First drama to have scenes filmed overseas - Turkey)
  • The Unbeatables (First drama series in Singapore about gambling. Its three seasons were released in 1993, 1996 and 2002 respectively.)
  • Don't Worry, Be Happy (1996) (The first local Chinese sitcom)
  • Return of the Condor Heroes (1998) (The most expensive blockbuster wuxia drama ever produced by MediaCorp, based on Louis Cha's novel. The serial made waves in the Taiwan and China markets and was repeated due to overwhelming audience demand. It also made screen idols out of Fann Wong and Christopher Lee, who were the charismatic leads.)
  • Beautiful Connection (2002) Though consisting of only 20 episodes, this show had the highest viewership rate in Singapore for the year 2002. The show's cast included Hong Kong actress Zhu Mimi, acting as a fierce mother to her 3 children.
  • Always On My Mind (2003) (Starring Fann Wong, this serial was made to commemorate the sacrifices of the brave members of the Singapore medical profession during the SARS crisis.)
  • Holland V, 荷兰村 (2003) (The second longest Chinese drama in Singapore history with 125 episodes Biggest winner in Star Awards 2003, winning best M/F Lead and M/F supporting).
  • The Champion (2004) (The drama series about swimming starred Singaporean and Taiwanese artistes.)
  • Double Happiness, 喜临门 (2004) (The longest Chinese drama, it had 130 episodes in two parts. The first part was shown from May to August, while the second part began in October).
  • Portrait of Home, 同心圆 (2005) (The third longest Chinese drama with 100 episodes in two parts. The first part (60 episodes) aired from May to July, while the second part (40 episodes) began in October). Was nominated for best drama serial in 2005, but lost to A New Life.

English language:

[edit] TV variety shows

[edit] TV charity shows

[edit] Major shows

  • Singapore Idol, 新加坡偶像 - The Singapore version of American Idol on Channel 5 in the English language.
  • Star Search, 才华横溢出新秀 - The talent quest event is held once per the two year; the programme is broadcast in Channel 8, in the Chinese language.
  • Star Awards, 红星大奖 - The annual award cermony, rewarding the achievements of the artistes who contributes to Channel 8, mostly in the Chinese language.
  • Talentime - The first talent quest event in Singapore history, on Channel 5.
  • Miss Singapore Universe, 新加坡环球小姐 - A pageant contest choosing one lady out of the whole to represent Singapore for Miss Universe and offered MediaCorp contracts, on Channel 5.
  • Project SuperStar, 绝对 SuperStar - A Chinese equivalent of Singapore Idol, but with Mediacorp's own contest rules rather than following the lines of Singapore Idol. It has become such an overwhelming success that Malaysian Tv station 8TV has bought rights to copy this talent search, under the same programme name.
  • Campus SuperStar, A variant of the Super series of talent searches. It only involves Students.
  • SuperHost, A variant of the Super series of talent searches. As the name suggests, The talent search is to find the best television host in singapore.
  • SuperBand, A variant of the Super series of talent searches. The Talent Search is to find the best bands in singapore.
  • Star Idol, 明星偶像 - An acting talent quest to test their acting skills.

[edit] News and current affairs

[edit] Other shows

[edit] MediaCorp radio stations

[edit] English

[edit] Chinese

[edit] Malay

[edit] Tamil

  • Oli 96.8FM (ஒலி, formerly Olikkalanjiam-ஒலிக்களஞ்சியம்)

[edit] French/German/Japanese

[edit] Others

[edit] Radio's 70th Anniversary Gag

DJ's were locked up in rooms in Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza in February 2006 to celebrate 70 years of Radio in Singapore.

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

[edit] Television

[edit] Radio

[edit] Press

[edit] Publication



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