Celebrating the best of the best at the MediaCorp News Awards 2008

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Celebrating the best of the best at the MediaCorp News Awards 2008 

Singapore, 4 April 2008 – MediaCorp’s journalistic talents across its television, radio, print and online platforms were recognised at the third annual MediaCorp News Award.

This year, the competition was widened to include two more award categories – the Online Initiative of the Year and Entertainment Story of the Year.

Mrs Anson Chan, member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong delivered the keynote address on the importance of the role of media and the responsible exercise of press freedom.

A panel of foreign and local judges selected the winning entries, which were broadcast or published in 2007. (Please refer to annex for list of judges and comments).

And the winners are:

1. News Story of the Year
The March Of The Saffron Robes, Channel NewsAsia

2. Feature Story of the Year
The Monk On Horseback, Channel NewsAsia

3. Story of the Year with Public Participation
Rubbish In The River, Channel 8/U News

4. Entertainment Story of the Year
Christopher Lee Interview, Xin.sg

5. Online Initiative of the Year
Saving Gaia, Channelnewsasia.com

6. Journalist of the Year
Geraldine Soh, 938Live, MediaCorp Radio

7. Young Journalist of the Year
Loh Chee Kong, Today, MediaCorp Press

The presentation ceremony, which was presided over by MediaCorp Chairman Ho Kwon Ping and CEO Lucas Chow, was held on Friday, 4 April at Swissotel The Stamford, and was attended by not just journalists, but also newsmakers and entertainment personalities from the rest of the MediaCorp stable.

Issued by Corporate Communications, MediaCorp

For more information, please contact:
Gwendolyn Loh
Corporate Communications
Tel: (65) 6350 3945
Fax: (65) 6251 5628
E-mail: gwendolyn@mediacorp.com.sg

About MediaCorp

MediaCorp is Singapore’s leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies and digital media.

It pioneered the development of Singapore’s broadcasting industry, hitting the radio airwaves in 1936 and beaming the first TV pictures in 1963. Today, MediaCorp has over 55 products in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), that reaches to all adults in Singapore each week.

Among them are industry firsts such as the first in the world to use Digital Video Broadcast technology for outdoor digital television, and Asia’s first Digital Audio Broadcast radio service. Initiatives in the digital space include a highly successful online classifieds, Internet TV-on-demand and High Definition TV broadcast.

Beyond Singapore, the diversified group is making its presence felt through co-productions in TV dramas and movies, magazines publishing, as well as Channel NewsAsia International, the only Asian owned English news channel.

In 2007, it entered into a financial and strategic relationship with Indonesia's most integrated media company PT Media Nusantara Citra and its parent, Global Mediacom. MediaCorp has a stake in Nanjing-based Dahe Media Pte Ltd, a leading Chinese outdoor advertising firm, and International Media Corporation in Vietnam, set up to develop and produce entertainment and economic news content as well as to provide channel management services.

Winner of numerous international awards and accolades including Asia Television's Broadcaster of the Year, MediaCorp’s vision is to become Asia’s top media company, delivering valued content to the world.

For more information, please visit www.mediacorp.com.sg


List of judges and their comments

1. Chay Hofilena
Department of Communication
Atneo de Manila University

“Very timely story. Provides much-needed context and perspective to the Myanmar/Burma issue.”
- News Story of the Year, The March Of The Saffron Robes, MediaCorp News

2. Dr Chris Paterson
Senior Lecturer
Broadcast Journalism
Institute for Communication Studies
University of Leeds
United Kingdom

“A well-produced and socially valuable project; good to see evidence of the investment in complex online features which is now all too rare.”
- Online Initiative of the Year, Saving Gaia, MediaCorp News

3. Associate Professor Ang Peng Hwa
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University

“He comes across as dogged and daring to ask the tough questions. This is admirable for journalists anywhere and especially admirable for a journalist in Singapore.”
- Young Journalist of the Year, Loh Chee Kong, MediaCorp Press

4. Woon Tai Ho
Managing Director
MediaCorp News

5. Philip Koh
Managing Director
MediaCorp Radio

6. P.N. Balji
Editorial Director
MediaCorp Press

7. Ong Soh Chin
Deputy Editorial Director
MediaCorp Publishing