MediaCorp broadcasts Prime Minister’s 2008 National Day Message

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MediaCorp broadcasts Prime Minister’s 2008 National Day Message

Available in high-definition on HD5 for the first time

Singapore, 6 August 2008 – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Message will be broadcast on 8 August 2008, the eve of National Day, across MediaCorp TV and radio stations. PM Lee’s message in English will be televised on Channel NewsAsia at 7.30pm, and on Channel 5, HD5 and TVMobile at 7.45pm. The message will be subtitled for the hearing-impaired.

And, for the very first time, viewers of HD5 – Singapore’s free-to-air HD channel – will be able to catch the broadcast of the National Day Message in true high-definition. Viewers can tune into HD5 over digital terrestrial broadcast, on SingTel’s mio TV platform and on StarHub’s digital cable platform.

The Prime Minister’s message in English can be heard on MediaCorp radio 938LIVE at 7.35pm.

The Prime Minister's National Day Message will also be broadcast in Mandarin, Malay and Tamil on TV and radio.

Mr Wong Kan Seng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, will deliver the message in Mandarin; Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, will deliver the message in Malay, and the message in Tamil will be delivered by Mr K. Shanmugam, Minister for Law and 2nd Minister for Home Affairs.

Details of the broadcast schedule are as follows:

Friday, 8 August 2008 (first broadcast)

English
7.30pm Channel NewsAsia
7.35pm 938LIVE
7.45pm Channel 5; HD5; TVMobile

Mandarin
8.45pm Channel 8
8.45pm Capital 95.8FM
9.30pm Channel U

Malay
8.30pm Suria
9.05pm Warna 94.2FM

Tamil
7.30pm Vasantham Central
8.30pm Oli 96.8FM

Saturday, 9 August 2008 (repeat broadcast)

English
10.10am 938LIVE
3.30pm Channel NewsAsia
5.15pm Channel 5; TVMobile

Mandarin
9.30am Capital 95.8FM
9.30am Channel U
1.00pm Channel 8

Malay
7.45am Warna 94.2FM (1st repeat)
12.15pm Suria
5.05pm Warna 94.2FM (2nd repeat)

Tamil
8.10am Oli 96.8FM
5.15pm Vasantham Central

The Prime Minister’s National Day Message (text and video clips) will be available online at www.channelnewsasia.com/nationalday from 8 August 2008 after its television broadcast.

The radio broadcasts can be heard online at www.podcast.sg or at www.mediacorpradio.sg/hearsee.htm -- click on “Hear Us” icons for the relevant stations.


Issued by Corporate Communications, MediaCorp

For more information, please contact:
Winston Chong
Manager
Corporate Communications
MediaCorp
Tel: (65) 6350 3351
Fax: (65) 6251 5628
E-mail: winstonchong@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