Rui En confirms new Channel 8 drama 《阴错阳差》, slated to air in March 2019. Will start filming in mid-September 2018.
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12 April 2018 | 10:52 am

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Mediacorp publications 8 DAYS and i-Weekly will move to become digital-only, and will have their last print editions at the end of September this year.

Source: Channelnewsasia.com, Straits Times

Categorised in 8 DAYS, channelnewsasia.com, ELLE, Elle Magazine, EN, I-Weekly, The Straits Times.

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17 December 2017 | 11:59 pm

By Foong Woei Wan

WORST

The fake Singapore on local TV

This chronic problem has become more glaring this year. Owing to linguistic restrictions, many Channel 8 dramas take place in an HDB theme park that has been scrubbed of Singlish, incorrect Mandarin and Chinese dialects.

And although the dialect drama Eat Already? 2 has been held up as an exception to the rule, it actually makes as little sense as the Land Of Proper Mandarin. The Singapore it depicts – a country where white-collar parents speak Hokkien, not English, to their only child and young strangers burst into Cantonese, as if the Speak Mandarin Campaign was never imposed on their generation – is just as implausible as the Singapore where no one speaks Singlish.

Source: Straits Times

Categorised in EN, The Straits Times.

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13 October 2017 | 11:11 pm

By Nicholas Yong

More than two decades after it was launched, and just months after it comprehensively revamped its website, news and lifestyle aggregator AsiaOne is expected to shut down as early as next month.

AsiaOne is the primary content aggregator for SPH’s publications, featuring stories from the likes of The Straits Times and The New Paper, while also syndicating content from SPH magazines, such as Her World.

The news comes on the back of Wednesday’s announcement that SPH will be cutting 230 jobs by the end of the year, as part of a previously announced 10 per cent reduction in its work force.

Source: Yahoo!

Categorised in asiaone.com, EN, Her World, The Straits Times, Yahoo.sg.

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25 August 2017 | 06:14 pm

Singapore Press Holdings plans to divest its 20 per cent stake in Mediacorp TV (which owns Channels 5, 8 and U and Mediacorp Studios) and 40 per cent stake in Mediacorp Press, the publisher of the Today newspaper, for $18 million, the firm said on Friday (Aug 25).

SPH expects to record a writedown of about $31 million in its books. The deal is likely to be completed at the end of September.

The deal comes 12 years after SPH purchased the stakes as part of a media industry asset consolidation in 2005. During the consolidation, SPH transferred a TV channel to Mediacorp and took a 20 per cent stake in Mediacorp TV.

SPH also merged its free newspaper Streats with Today, and invested in a 40 per cent stake in Mediacorp Press.

As part of the deal announced on Friday, Mediacorp will also stop publishing any soft copy or computer-readable format of Today that has the look and feel of a hardcopy version of the newspaper, for a period of five years.

Source: Straits Times, Channelnewsias

Categorised in channelnewsasia.com, EN, MediaCorp, SPH, The Straits Times.

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25 August 2017 | 06:00 pm

By Boon Chan

The range and quality of local media content last year were generally good, say the Programme Advisory Committees (PAC), which have issued their third annual report to the Infocomm Media Development Authority.

But the four committees – one for each of the official languages – also called for improvements in scripting and technical standards in Mediacorp Channel 5 and Suria dramas.

Well-made programmes singled out for mention include Channel 5 game show Don’t Forget To Remember, Channel U child labour documentary Lost Innocence, Suria drama Aduh… Bibikku! (Oh… My Maid!) and Vasantham current affairs series Ethiroli (Echo).

The PAC also paid attention to local broadcaster Mediacorp’s online content platform Toggle.

While there have been “vast improvements” made to the Toggle platform, including push notifications for episode updates, more needed to be done, including better streaming quality.

Source: Straits Times

Categorised in Advisory Committee for Chinese Programmes (ACCESS), EN, Infocomm Media Development Authority, MediaCorp, Programme Advisory Committee, The Straits Times.

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17 May 2017 | 11:39 pm

ST: This story was first published on June 20, 2016, and updated on May 17, 2017.

SINGAPORE – You either love it or hate it. National Day Parade (NDP) theme songs often draw strong reactions – and robust debate in some cases.

Here’s a look back at NDP songs through the years.

2005: REACH OUT FOR THE SKIES

The catchy song was performed by Taufik Batisah, winner of the first season of Singapore Idol, and actress Rui En.

Source: Straits Times

Categorised in EN, NDP 2005, Reach Out For The Skies, The Straits Times.

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16 April 2017 | 11:04 pm

by Gwendolyn Ng

SINGAPORE – Veteran local television stars Zoe Tay, Chen Hanwei and Aileen Tan, alumni of the inaugural Star Search talent hunt in 1988, stole the limelight at Sunday (April 16) night’s Star Awards, which celebrates the best of homegrown Mandarin television programmes.

They won Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

Tay, dubbed queen of local television station Mediacorp perhaps more for her glamour than her acting chops, won only her second Best Actress honour at the Star Awards last night 21 years after her first.

Accepting her trophy, Tay playfully addressed it, saying: “Long time no see. I’ve already given birth to three kids.”

She won the prize for playing a cancer-stricken nurse manager in medical drama You Can Be An Angel 2 (2016). She was up against Rebecca Lim, who starred in the same show; Rui En, who played a dissatisfied housewife in If Only I Could; Jeannette Aw of The Dream Job; and Jesseca Liu, who played a lawyer in Hero.

Source: Straits Times

Categorised in EN, Social Media, Star Awards, Star Awards 2017, The Straits Times, Twitter.

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10 January 2017 | 07:15 pm

By Boon Chan

Local broadcaster Mediacorp’s deputy chief executive officer Chang Long Jong will be quitting the company after three decades to join Singapore-headquartered entertainment company mm2 Asia as its new group chief executive officer.

Mm2 Asia announced this on Tuesday (Jan 10) and Mr Chang will be taking up his new job from April 3.

He is currently the deputy chief executive officer and chief customer officer at Mediacorp, where he oversees its major media assets including television, radio, newspaper, magazines and streaming service Toggle. He also leads the company’s events business, Vizpro, and training business, Singapore Media Academy.

Mr Chang, 56, had joined the broadcaster, then called Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, in 1985.

Source: Straits Times

Categorised in EN, MediaCorp, The Straits Times.

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17 October 2016 | 05:54 pm

By Chew Hui Min

SINGAPORE – My Paper and The New Paper (TNP) will merge to form a revamped TNP that will be distributed free from December, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) announced on Monday (Oct 17).

The new TNP, which will combine the strengths of both products, will be available at existing distribution points including MRT stations. It will continue to be available online.

The new TNP will be launched on Dec 1, and available for free from Monday to Saturday at existing distribution points, including MRT stations, SPH said yesterday. The paper will also be available online.

Source: Straits Times 1 | 2

Categorised in EN, MyPaper, SPH, The New Paper, The Straits Times.

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