okto’s refreshed lineup to include first original local sitcom for children

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okto’s refreshed lineup to include first original local sitcom for children

Singapore, 8 November 2017 – Mediacorp has announced a fresh lineup of programmes on okto for 2018 to appeal to its target audience of young people and those who lead active lifestyles and pursue active learning.

In the pipeline are:

  • okto’s first original local sitcom for children, Upside Down, which debuts in January 2018
  • A rugby drama, Hullet Tigers, that draws its inspiration from Singapore’s 200-year-old sporting heritage, debuting in late 2018
  • An interactive studio-based, history-focused game show for Primary school children, The Museum, which debuts in mid-2019 

Upside Down is a 24-episode comedy series laced with Singapore-style humour that local kids can identify and are familiar with.  The story revolves around Antoine, a single parent, his vain and cheeky 60-year-old mother and his 11-year-old spunky daughter. Together they run an ice-cream parlour, which doubles up as a second home to a group of lovable children who are sadly misfits in society. Through its witty dialogue, the importance of family values and ‘being yourself’ shine through, as well as the promotion of dancing as a lifestyle and healthy art form.

Upside Down debuts on 10 January 2018 and is shown every Wednesday and Thursday on okto at 6.30pm. In an effort to engage the younger generation and new audiences, Upside Down will have webisodes of 3-5minute specially created for Toggle. These online clips will be repurposed for social media platforms as well.

Michelle Chang, Lead, English Audience, Mediacorp, said, “One of Mediacorp’s key priorities is to encourage active learning and lifestyle in young people through content that is made available everywhere; on okto, on Toggle and through on-ground events such as the upcoming okto Kids Fiesta in Jan 2018, where families can come and experience their favourite okto cast, characters and sets.”

Added Ms Chang, “okto was repositioned as a dedicated channel for children and premium sports content in April 2017. From then to September 2017, viewership on okto saw a year-on-year increase of 12 per cent. We’ve also received encouraging feedback to the channel’s main objective to promote an active lifestyle and learning among Singaporeans.” 

Details of the upcoming okto Kids Fiesta happening on 20th-21st January next year will be announced in the later part of this year.

In the local content pipeline are 12 new titles that have been given the green light under Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)’s PSB Contestable Funds Scheme (PCFS).  These 12 titles – five info-tainment, four drama and three short series – will air on okto over the next two years, starting March 2018, providing more than 60 hours of original local children’s content.  As part of continuous efforts to create transmedia content, all the programmes will come with online clips to further engage audiences.

Ms Dorothy Lai, Director, Public Service Media and Assessment at the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) said, “IMDA is happy to support Mediacorp to produce more children’s programmes on okto that reflect Singapore’s culture and values, and resonate with our younger viewers. These stories will also be made available online through Toggle to better reach out to the younger generation, to keep them engaged as well as promote interest and learning.”

For okto’s full programme guide, please visit toggle.sg/okto.

Media contacts

Sharon Toh
Assistant Lead, Brand and Communications, Mediacorp
Tel.: +65 63503931
Email: sharontoh@mediacorp.com.sg  

Amelia Lee
Senior Communications Executive, English Audience, Mediacorp
Tel.: +65 6359 7756
Email: amelialee@mediacorp.com.sg

About okto
okto by day is the #1 channel for kids, a contrast from the night where the channel turns to active and sporty programming. The kids belt – okto jr and okto - starts at 9.00am on weekdays and 7.00am on weekends, and carries a variety of Made-in-Singapore and acquired programmes to educate, entertain, and also encourage our 4 to 12 year olds to get active. The sports belt - oktoSports, starts at 9.00pm every day with premium sports content and major sporting events from around the world. Together, the okto channel aim to activate, inspire and rally all Singaporeans from all age groups to have a healthy mind and body.

About Mediacorp
Mediacorp has the widest range of media platforms in Singapore spanning digital, television, radio, print and out-of-home media. Its mission is to engage, entertain and enrich audiences by harnessing the power of creativity.

Mediacorp pioneered the development of Singapore’s broadcasting industry, with the radio broadcast in 1936 and television broadcast in 1963. Today, the company has over 50 products and brands in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), reaching out to virtually all adults in Singapore weekly.

Mediacorp is an active regional player through Channel NewsAsia International, drama co-productions and collaborations in magazine publishing and online media. Its investments include majority share in Kapanlagi Network, Indonesia’s largest independent digital media as well as stakes in Reebonz, one of the region’s fastest growing luxury online retailers and Vietnam television’s International Media Corporation.

Mediacorp was named Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year for the 13th time at the Asian Television Awards in 2016.

For more information, please visit mediacorp.sg.