By May Seah
RBKD: CNA Lifestyle has reported that Flapper, the canine actor from “Sudden (2013)”, has passed away at the age of 12, succumbing to lymphoma.
Source: CNA Lifestyle
By AARON DE SILVA
RBKD: Rui En & Fann Wong each gets a mention with one paragraph each. Only Rain & the Mediacorp artistes were interviewed.
In CNA’s own words: “Despite Rain’s megawatt presence, the biggest cheers of the night were reserved for Rui En, whose fans had set up camp on both sides of the red carpet. Known as the RBKD, they held banners and chanted loudly upon catching sight of their idol.”
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.
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.
RBKD: In IMDA’s report released on Thursday (Aug 24), it said the PACs (Programme Advisory Committees) noted greater diversity in drama themes, with some featuring subject matters that were topical, educational and even taboo. For example, The Strength Within by Vasantham covered mental health issues – a topic rarely explored in Tamil dramas, IMDA said.
It also noted that previous concerns on the “over-reliance on dark themes” such as vengeance and revenge in Tamil storylines have been addressed “with an injection of greater thematic diversity”.
Peace and Prosperity (Channel 8) was also highlighted for its inclusion of multi-racial characters which “resulted in a more balanced portrayal of Singapore society”, IMDA said.
RBKD: Mediacorp has announced the appointment of Ms Tham Loke Kheng as its CEO, starting Sep 1. Ms Tham succeeds Mr Shaun Seow, who remains as Mediacorp’s Executive Director until Sep 30 before he joins Temasek.
Ms Tham has held senior management and leadership roles in leading Asian operators in Singapore, Taiwan and most recently, Hong Kong.
Graduating from the National University of Singapore, Ms Tham spent eight years in then Singapore Broadcasting Corporation. She has served as president of Taiwan Broadband Communications and as head of NOW TV, the largest Pay TV operator in Hong Kong.
In 2015, Ms Tham was named Content Asia’s Asia Media Woman of the Year, in recognition of her contribution to the development of the Pay TV industry in Asia over the years.