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MediaCorp and the National Heritage Board jointly organise the TV50 Festival at the National Museum of Singapore
Singapore, 16 October 2013 – In celebration of 50 years of television broadcasting in Singapore, MediaCorp and the National Heritage Board will jointly organise the festival, 50 Years of TV: Experience the Magic which will be held at the National Museum of Singapore from 23 November to 21 December 2013.
This month-long festival coupled with star-studded events and activities will be an experiential showcase of how television has played an integral part in nation building and how it has shaped Singapore's popular culture. Specially-curated interactive exhibits will feature the evolution of Singapore television production and provide a peek into the future of TV. There will also be a showcase titled 50 Years of Television: An Exhibition which celebrates the various milestones of the television, both as a product and lifestyle medium in Singapore from 1963 to today.
Enjoy star-studded weekend extravaganzas of outdoor screenings, concerts, performances, workshops to performances that will let you walk down memory lane. Visitors may take a historical tour through television milestones with MediaCorp’s celebrities as Museum guides, learn what goes on behind the camera and get a glimpse of how our best-loved dramas, variety and news programmes are made.
MediaCorp’s CEO, Shaun Seow said, “For 50 years, MediaCorp television has held up a mirror to Singapore life, reflecting social mores, culture... and sometimes even helping to shape them. The half century mark is an important milestone, and what better way to celebrate it than through a public exhibition of broadcasting's history and achievements. I'm happy to have MediaCorp partner the National Heritage Board to present TV50 exhibition, which we think will be well worth your while to visit this year end. No doubt, it will entertain, as with many things to do with TV. But it may also set you in a contemplative mood, thinking of TV -- and Singapore's -- past 50 years and the next."
National Heritage Board’s CEO, Mrs Rosa Daniel, said, “From early beginnings 50 years ago to the present, Singaporeans over many generations have seen TV offerings evolve into today’s well-loved local productions and international programmes. TV has also preserved for posterity the memorable events and moments in Singapore’s journey as a nation. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the National Heritage Board and we are happy to celebrate the two milestones through this meaningful project. This exhibition will offer something for everyone. We have a host of exciting and varied programmes catering to all age groups and communities, with many programmes brought alive by well-known TV personalities, during the Festival. I hope many Singaporeans will visit the Museum to enjoy and celebrate our shared memories of Singapore seen through TV50.
Jointly issued by MediaCorp and the National Heritage Board
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About MediaCorp TV
MediaCorp TV operates two flagship channels: Channel 5, and Channel 8, a 24-hour Chinese entertainment channel. Both channels are the most-watched English and Chinese TV stations in Singapore respectively. A high definition channel, HD5, offers viewers high definition simulcast of Channel 5. It also owns Channel U, a Chinese news and entertainment channel for young adults and working professionals, and TV Mobile, Singapore’s first outdoor digital television channel.
MediaCorp TV Holdings is part of the MediaCorp Group of companies whose television channels include Suria and Central channels, as well as Channel NewsAsia. MediaCorp is the largest broadcaster in Singapore with a complete range of media businesses spanning TV, Radio, Entertainment Productions, Movie Productions, Newspapers, Magazines, Electronic Media and other broadcasting services.
For more information, please visit www.mediacorptv.com.
About the National Heritage Board
The National Heritage Board (NHB) was formed on 1 August 1993. Its mission is to foster nationhood, promote identity building, and champion the development of a vibrant cultural and heritage sector in Singapore. As the custodian of Singapore’s heritage, NHB is responsible for telling the Singapore story, sharing the Singaporean experience and imparting our Singapore spirit. NHB manages the national museums, heritage institutions, the Language Councils Secretariat and sets policies relating to heritage sites, monuments and the national collection. Through the national collection, NHB curates heritage programmes and presents exhibitions to connect the past, present and future generations of Singaporeans. NHB is a statutory board under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.
For more information, please visit www.nhb.gov.sg.