SPH refreshes newspaper divisions

Singapore Press Holdings will rename and regroup its two newspaper divisions from the beginning of next year.

The whole nature of the company’s media business had transformed, SPH chief executive Alan Chan said, and the changes were aimed at fostering growth in new lines of business.

The English and Malay Newspapers Division will be given the new title of English/Malay/Tamil Media group.

While the division will continue to incorporate the print and digital editions of titles including The Straits Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian, the English section of My Paper and The Business Times, it will expand to include several media-related subsidiaries including publisher Tamil Murasu Ltd, book publishing arm Straits Times Press, SPH Data services, financial data company Share Investor and SPH Radio’s two English stations, Kiss 92 and HOT FM.

The Chinese Newspapers Division will become Chinese Media Group.

Its existing properties include Chinese newspapers Lianhe Zaobao, Linanhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News, student weeklies zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZbBz Newsgazine and the Chinese section of My Paper. It will expand to include SPH Radio’s Chinese radio station UFM100.3 and book and magazine publisher Focus Publishing.

The subsidiaries previously existed under the Others section of SPH Business, and the transfer will not have any effect on staffing or leadership of the groups and their related newsrooms and subsidiaries.

Chief executive Alan Chan said all SPH’s newsrooms and subsidiaries had embraced the changes.

“The whole nature of our media business has changed profoundly,” he said.

“The renaming of the divisions better reflects the transformation that all our newsrooms have gone through in the past year to become integrated operations, producing both print and digital output across all platforms throughout the day.

“The transfer of our media-related subsidiaries is aimed at facilitating growth of our media adjacencies and new lines of business.”

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