2011 Singapore Presidential Election Results programme reached nearly one million television viewers

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2011 Singapore Presidential Election Results programme reached nearly one million television viewers 

Singapore, 29 August 2011 – Nearly a million viewers tuned in to watch the 2011 Singapore Presidential Election – Results programme telecast on Channel NewsAsia “live” on polling night on 27 August 2011. The 7-hour programme of the election for the Republic’s 7th President was one of the top 10 programmes for MediaCorp for the year to date.  It reached almost one in four viewers aged 15 years and above.  

Channel NewsAsia presenters, Melissa Hyak and Sharon Tong fronted the programme, with studio guest, Ms Gillian Koh, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore.  Together with the team of reporters and crew on the ground, they provided the night’s “live” coverage, analysis and immediate interviews with the four Candidates at each mark of the tense-filled activities. The programme followed the action as the Candidates travelled between the counting centres, Elections Department and the assembly areas of their supporters. 

Online, channelnewsasia.com served nearly half a million (497,496) streams of the programme.  These included viewers watching from overseas from as far as Romania, Brazil, New York, Norway, Sweden, Canada and China. Some comments include: 

“I'm probably the only one watching from Bucharest, Romania!” 

“Watching from New York while hunkering down for a hurricane! Woooowweee! Thanks to S'pore Embassy for having the voting on friday, before hurricane arrives.” 

“Hello from Brazil ! Singaporean here are just as excited on this PE halfway round the globe.” 

“I am a Singaporean, now in China Weifang. Singaporeans, let’s stay united regardless of the outcome.” 

The channel’s website (www.channelnewsasia.com) also saw a surge in page views. Registering some 3.8 million pageviews on 28 August 2011, it is 1.5 times of the daily average pageviews. The website had a special section on the Presidential Election, providing news, video clips and programmes produced by MediaCorp.
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
E-mail: chuanquee@mediacorp.com.sg
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 channelnewsasia.com, 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.   

For more information, please visit Channel NewsAsia’s website at channelnewsasia.com.