“Mediacorp Campus will transform the way we work and engage with our audiences, partners and each other.” - Teo Ming Kian, Chairman, Mediacorp
Singapore, 8 December 2015 – Singapore-based Mediacorp has begun a nine-month migration from its iconic Caldecott Broadcast Centre in Andrew Road, home to the multi-platform, multi-brand media company for the past 63 years, to its new home in one-north.
Dubbed Mediacorp Campus, the purpose-built 12-storey facility was officially opened by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today. The 800,000 square foot building, designed by Maki and Associates and DP Architects, will house nearly all of Mediacorp’s 2,800 staff in a single location. It will be equipped with state-of-the-art production and digital broadcast facilities which include:
- A digital-first integrated newsroom staffed by some 700 journalists producing for digital, television, radio and print. Three TV news studios designed by international award-winning design company Jago Design will beam news in four languages terrestrially, as well as Asia-wide (via Channel NewsAsia).
- Four entertainment studios which are seamlessly integrated with back of house operations to facilitate the movement of large props and the quick turnaround of sets. One of these will be able to host live audiences of up to 500 people.
- The Theatre at Mediacorp, a 1,500-seat performing arts venue, the only one in the region of this scale that is broadcast-ready. It will welcome audiences to musicals and concerts presented by the company's live entertainment arm, Vizpro International, as well as external players. Two restaurants and one cafe will offer pre-show dining options.
The building’s interior is designed around an open plan office concept which provides for the best use of space and unprecedented opportunities to drive collaboration, knowledge sharing and creativity among staff. For its sustainability features, the building has been awarded BCA’s Green Mark Platinum rating.
Importantly, Mediacorp Campus will provide a more "open" environment for the public to interact with the company. This will be via public tours that offer glimpses into its production facilities including radio booths where our popular deejays work, as well as weekend events at a public park adjoining the building and atop a 50-step stairway. The latter is a tribute to Mediacorp's role in entertaining, engaging and enriching Singapore audiences in the 50 years since the nation's Independence.
Official opening show celebrates a diversity of talent
Some 1000 guests and staff attended the opening ceremony which included a show – the first to be staged in The Theatre at Mediacorp – featuring an extract from the Australian production of Les Misérables, Japan’s Drum Tao, Norway's Angelina Jordan, USA's Redfoo, El Gamma from the Philippines and Singapore's very own The Noose and singer-songwriter Inch Chua. The programme will have an encore telecast at 10.00pm on Saturday, 12 December.
In his speech, Teo Ming Kian, Chairman, Mediacorp acknowledged Mediacorp’s most important stakeholders: “You are the reason we wake up every day, feeling excited and challenged, to produce the best content we can, delivered anytime, anywhere, to engage, entertain and enrich.
We have invested heavily in content and digital delivery to make sure we stay relevant and continue to be part of the lives of Singaporeans."
Calling it “a further boost” to Mediacorp’s transformation, Mr Teo said the move to the new campus would support a collaborative and innovative culture enabling the company to better serve its many stakeholders.
New logo reflects an open, evolving Mediacorp
During the official opening, Mediacorp unveiled a new logo after 15 years to represent the organisation as a window to the world and a reflection of life.
CEO Shaun Seow said he hoped the logo's rich colours and texture, a significant departure from its monochromatic precedent, will help project Mediacorp's vibrancy and its multiplicity of talent, media and experiences. In a nod to Mediacorp's dual roles of commercial media house and public service broadcaster, Mr Seow added, “Our new logo's rich palette also channels Singapore's cultural smorgasbord. Even as we innovate to meet changing needs, we strive to bind our society together, like how the colours in the letter M come together holistically."
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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Vice President, Brand and Communications, Mediacorp
Senior Manager, Brand and Communications, Mediacorp
Yeong Lai Lai
Senior Manager, Brand and Communications, Mediacorp