Singapore's Presidential Candidates to appear jointly in a MediaCorp television interview before Polling Day

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Singapore's Presidential Candidates to appear jointly in a MediaCorp television interview before Polling Day

Singapore Presidential Election - Meet The Candidates will air on Tue 23 Aug 2011

Singapore 19 August 2011 - Days before Singaporeans go to the polls for the Presidential Election on 27 August, the four Candidates, Dr Tan Cheng Bock, Mr Tan Jee Say, Dr Tony Tan and Mr Tan Kin Lian, will appear together in a television programme for the first time.

The programme, Singapore Presidential Election - Meet The Candidates, will have three veterans interview the Candidates on issues that the electorate would want to know. The hosts are:

* Professor Tommy Koh, Chairman of the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore
* Mr Janadas Devan, Director of the Institute of Policy Studies in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
* Ms Debra Soon, Managing Director of Channel NewsAsia

The one-hour TV programme is recorded at MediaCorp studios in Andrew Road a day before the first telecast on 23 August on Channel NewsAsia, with an encore telecast on Channel 5 on 24 August.

There'll be three segments in the show, with a structured format followed by an opportunity for free flow discussion. The Candidates will introduce themselves and articulate their positions on issues raised.

After this one hour TV programme ends, the interview continues for an online segment. The Candidates will take questions posed by viewers on the website. This segment is recorded and the video will be uploaded for viewing online.

Executive Producer of Meet The Candidates, Ms Lee Siew Hoon, says "It's really a privilege to be producing this show, to be able to bring together all the Presidential Candidates for a close encounter on TV, and not forgetting a cross-media appearance of this summit online. I believe the show will appeal to many quarters of people. Professor Koh, Mr Janadas and Ms Soon, who are themselves well established members of Singapore society, will add to the engagement of the Candidates."

On the website, users are invited to send in their questions for the Candidates at url: . They have up to Monday 22 August, 10am, to pose their queries. Some of these would be selected for the online segment.

Singapore Presidential Election - Meet The Candidates broadcasts at the following times:

Channel NewsAsia
Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011, 8-9pm (Sin/ HK)
Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011, 6-7pm (Sin/HK)

Channel 5
Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011, 10-11pm

Issued by News, MediaCorp Pte Ltd

For more information, please contact:
Han Chuan Quee
Vice President, Corporate Services
Channel NewsAsia
Tel: (65) 6350 3493
Fax: (65) 6253 0861

About Channel NewsAsia
Channel NewsAsia Singapore was established in March 1999 by MediaCorp, and is an English language Asian TV News channel. It reports on global developments with Asian perspectives. Channel NewsAsia brings viewers not only the latest news but also the stories behind the headlines. Based in Singapore, it has correspondents in major Asian cities and key Western ones, including New York, Washington D.C, London and Brussels. It is fully complemented by a strong online presence at, which provides a premier source of real time news, videos, information and entertainment features.

Channel NewsAsia (International), was launched in September 2000, as the international broadcasting arm of Channel NewsAsia Singapore. It is now viewed in 25 territories across Asia. The satellite footprint of the channel stretches across the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and Australia.
Channel NewsAsia's other key business is the production of news and current affairs content in four languages, English, Malay, Tamil and Chinese. This content is produced for MediaCorp's television and online platforms, such as mass entertainment Channels 5, 8, U, and niche language channels, Suria and Vasantham. MediaCorp is Singapore's leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies, digital and out-of-home media.

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