August events draw strong viewership on TV and Toggle

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August events draw strong viewership on TV and Toggle

Singapore, 2 September 2016 – August 2016 will go down as one of the most unforgettable months in Singapore’s history. Four significant events took place: The Rio 2016 Olympic Games where Joseph Schooling won Singapore’s first Olympic Gold medal, the 51st National Day Parade, the National Day Rally and the State Funeral of former President Mr S R Nathan. Mediacorp delivered these key experiences for the nation to its audiences through live and delayed telecasts on its free-to-air (FTA) channels and Toggle, its over-the-top service. For the four events, Mediacorp recorded over 11 million video views on Toggle and 3.6 million viewers on FTA television.

National Day Parade

MediaCorp's live and repeat coverage of National Day Parade (NDP) 2016 on TV reached more than 2.44 million viewers. Toggle registered about 168,000 video streams for NDP 2016 based on a combination of live, repeat and catch-up views.

National Day Rally

Over 1.87 million viewers tuned in to MediaCorp’s live coverage and highlights show of National Day Rally 2016. The rally also garnered over 150,000 Toggle video streams which included live coverage, highlights shows and catch-up while Channel NewsAsia’s facebook livestream recorded 482,000 video views.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

More than 2.75 million viewers tuned in to the broadcast on okto, Mediacorp’s dedicated FTA channel for sports. On Toggle, over 10.6 million video views were recorded from 670,000 unique video viewers, for live and catch-up viewing. Throughout the duration of the Games, Channel NewsAsia posted 115 videos on its Facebook page that registered 18 million views.

Close to 440,000 viewers on okto witnessed history being made on 13 August 2016 as Joseph Schooling won Singapore’s first Olympic Gold and set a new Olympic record for the Men’s 100m butterfly event in Rio. Online, more than 130,000 video views of the phenomenal win were recorded on Toggle. Channel NewsAsia’s Facebook post of Joseph Schooling’s gold medal win also set a record for the most number of interactions in a single post at 137,700 interactions, including 104,500 Likes.

State Funeral for former President Mr S R Nathan

On Friday, 26 August Singapore bade farewell to Mr S R Nathan with a State Funeral Service. Over 900,000 viewers saw the live coverage on TV while close to 140,000 video views were streamed on Toggle for live and catch-up views, with Channel NewsAsia registering over 470,000 video views of its Facebook livestream.

Mr Chang Long Jong, Deputy CEO, Mediacorp said, “The events of August 2016 underscored Mediacorp’s role as a national broadcaster and media company for the digital age. It was a great privilege to broadcast and deliver these significant moments to everyone in Singapore.”

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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 and in Malaysia’s digital games publisher Cubinet Interactive. It also has 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 12th time at the Asian Television Awards in 2015.

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