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     - Circulation Of Foreign Newspapers In Singapore


     - SPH's free Chinese newspaper hits the streets

     - High Definition Television trials start in June 2006

     - SPH to launch Singapore's first free Chinese newspaper in June 2006


     - Press Freedom and Good Governance


      - The Straits Times turns 160


     - Morning Express ending successful run on radio on 14 Jan 2005?


Hello 2005; Goodbye Streats

"As we bid a warm welcome to 2005, we also find ourselves saying goodbye to a good read - Streats newspaper. The last issue of Streats appeared yesterday. So, from today, there will be no more Streats in the streets. And, there will be no more Streats to greet us at MRT stations in the early morning rush-hours and at lunchtime..."



     - MDA approves MediaCorp, SPH merged mass-market TV operations


Copyright (Amendment) Bill

Changes At A Glance

New Right of Communication for works

New Rights for Producers of Sound Recordings

New Rights for Performers

Removal and alteration of rights management information

Technological Measures protecting Copyrighted Works

Stronger Enforcement Measures

Criminal Liability for wilful infringement of copyright



     - MediaCorp & SPH merge their TV and free newspaper operations


SingTel sells stake in Today newspaper

SingTel sold its entire 28.51-per-cent stake in MediaCorp Press to broadcaster MediaCorp for S$13.66 million. MediaCorp said it had initiated the sale, which makes it the sole owner of Today.

Source: Straits Times 16 Sep 2004 (H3)




SPH Magazines now owns Female, NuYou, Peak & Torque magazines

With the completion of the acquisition of Blu Inc Group's publishing business, SPH's wholly owned subsidiary SPH Magazines now owns all the magazine titles, trade names and marks owned by Blu Inc, including Female, NuYou, Peak and Torque.

Source: Straits Times 2 Sep 2004 (A15)


MediaCorp Radio fined for breaching Radio Programme Code

The Media Development Authority (MDA) has fined MediaCorp Radio S$30,000 for breaching the Radio Programme Code by airing sexually suggestive materials. Sexually suggestive segments discussing issues such as "how soon one should sleep with a partner" and "pornographic movies offered in hotels" were aired on the Morning Madness programme on 28 Jul 2004.

See also: Community Issues: Sheikh Haikel fired from DJ job at Perfect 10

Source: Straits Times 2 Sep 2004 (H7)


SMRT Corp pulls out of Today venture

SMRT Corp has sold all its remaining shares in the loss-making free daily newspaper Today to two other partners in the venture - MediaCorp Pte Ltd and SingTel. 

Source: Straits Times 19 Aug 2004 (H4)


Sheikh Haikel fired from DJ job at Perfect 10

Sheikh Haikel has been fired from his DJ job at MediaCorp Radio's Perfect 10. In a letter to the Straits Times Forum Page, a listener complained about comments he made on the show in July 2004. On 10 Aug 2004, the Media Development Authority said the incident breached the Radio Programme Code.

Source: Straits Times 13 Aug 2004 (L2) 

     - Copyright-based industries boost Singapore's economy


Mature content and themes on pay-TV channels from today

From today, programmes with more mature content and themes can be aired on local pay-TV channels such as HBO, Cinemax, Star Movies and Celestial Movies under new age classifications of 16 and 18. Sex and the City, previously banned here, will be aired on the HBO channel on Friday nights starting from 16 Jul 2004.

Source: Straits Times 1 Jul 2004 (H10)

     - Sex and the City coming to Singapore in July 2004


Jack Neo's latest film, The Best Bet, debuts today

Local comedian and film director Jack Neo's sixth and latest film, The Best Bet, produced on a S$1.5 million budget, rolls out today in cinemas here. The movie stars Mark Lee, Christopher Lee, Richard Low, Chen Li Ping and Joanne Peh. Neo's five previous films struck gold at the local box office. 

Source: Straits Times 9 Jun 2004 (L4)

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SPH buys Blu Inc group's publishing business, including Female magazine

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) yesterday announced it is acquiring Blu Inc group's publishing business, including Female magazine, for S$32.9 million. 

Source: Straits Times 9 Jun 2004 (A19)

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Weekend Today gets facelift from 5 Jun 2004


The Weekend Today newspaper has been refined, revamped and repackaged. The 5 Jun 2004 weekend issue sports the new version. On page two, Today says they have "added three new sections to help you do what all Singaporeans like to do on the weekend: SHOP". And "to make the newspaper more accessible, however, more of the 300,000 copies that go out on the weekend will be available at major shopping centres, along the Orchard Road belt and at fast-food chains and coffee houses".

Source: Weekend Today 5 Jun 2004 (2)


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