ABC Australia and MediaCorp sign partnership agreement

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ABC Australia and MediaCorp sign partnership agreement

Singapore, 26 June 2015 Australia's public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and one of Asia's leading media companies, MediaCorp, have signed a partnership agreement between their international platforms.

The agreement was signed in Singapore on 26 June 2015 and sees both companies exploring opportunities for future programme and content exchange and co-production between their various platforms on television, radio and online. The partnership is applicable to the whole array of media properties that both companies own, from traditional free-to-air platforms to digital entities.

In an increasingly interconnected and digital world, media organisations have to constantly seek partnerships and evolve to provide the best content for their audiences. Having a rich and diverse source of content is one way to ensure continued relevancy and access to news

whenever it happens in the world.

CEO of ABC International, Ms Lynley Marshall, said: "Channel NewsAsia sets a benchmark for quality international broadcasting across Asia. As we extend and enrich our content and services to audiences across the region, we are delighted to have reached an agreement that

will enable both companies to leverage our respective knowledge, content and platforms."

MediaCorp’s Head of News and Premier, Ms Debra Soon, added, “With pressure on news organisations to stay relevant, report faster, expand our digital offerings and meet our competitors head on, media organisations need to find ways to work together without compromising our business objectives or standards. We look forward to working with ABC to explore how we can do so.”

Channel NewsAsia, an English language Asian TV news channel, was established by MediaCorp in 1999 and is now viewed in 26 territories across Asia. ABC International delivers the digital and social media brand Australia Plus, including AustraliaPlus.cn, as well as the 24/7 subscription television service Australia Plus TV which is available in 40 countries across the Asia Pacific region.

For more information, please contact:

John Woodward

+612 8333 2084 I +61 418 971302

woodward.john(a)abc.net.au

Han Chuan Quee

+65 6350 3493

Chuanquee(a)mediacorp.com.sg

The ABC began broadcasting in 1932. It manages four free-to-air national television networks, a network of 60 local radio stations, four national radio networks and one of Australia's largest content sites - abc.net.au. ABC International manages the Australia Plus television channel which is broadcast to 40 countries in the Asia Pacific region, the digital portals AustraliaPlus.com and AustraliaPlus.cn as well as the international radio service, Radio Australia.

MediaCorp Pte. Ltd 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. It set up Channel NewsAsia in March 1999. It is now viewed in 26 territories across Asia with its satellite footprint stretching across the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and Australia. The channel is complemented by an online presence at channelnewsasia.com, and social media services like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.