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MediaCorp News appoints Chief Editor

Debra Soon heads TV News and Current Affairs Division

Singapore, 25 January 2008 – MediaCorp News is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Debra Soon as Chief Editor of its TV News and Current Affairs Division. As Chief Editor, Ms Soon will oversee the strategic development, positioning and editorial content of news and current affairs programmes for its English, Malay and Tamil Divisions. This includes coverage for regional network, Channel NewsAsia and other MediaCorp TV platforms such as Channel 5, Suria and Vasantham Central. The appointment took effect on 1st January 2008.

Ms Soon has 15 years experience in the media and communications industry. She started in broadcast journalism with the then Singapore Broadcasting Corporation and has also written for print. Her range of experience includes reporting on 'live' events in Singapore and from overseas; 'live' talk shows, leading general elections coverage and being Editor and presenter of "In Parliament". She rose to the position of Executive Editor in MediaCorp News, where she led and directed the daily news operations of the Singapore newsgathering team for its TV news platforms, before she left in 2005.

Prior to joining MediaCorp as Chief Editor, Ms Soon was Group General Manager for Corporate Communications and Investor Relations at SGX-listed company, WBL Corporation Limited ("Wearnes"). She managed the brand and image of the Group, shareholder and investor issues and launched the Wearnes’ Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

She served as President-elect SR Nathan's Press Secretary during the August 2005 Presidential Elections. Ms Soon is currently also a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling, and Chairperson of the Youth Sub-Committee and is a Council member of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

Mr Woon Tai Ho, Managing Director of MediaCorp News says: "Debra has been a leading member of the management team of MediaCorp News. Her experience both in the industry and in the corporate sector would be invaluable in helping us chart the company's growth in the current dynamic media environment. I am confident she will help us strengthen our content and presentation as we continue to expand Channel NewsAsia into the region and we warmly welcome her back to MediaCorp."

Ms Soon says: "I have been fortunate to have worked with committed professionals throughout my career and have had the opportunity to view the news from both a journalist's perspective and from the other side of the equation. I look forward to working with the team to bring news and current affairs to a higher level, both in terms of driving the business and in content provision, towards the vision of becoming one of the best stations in the region."

Ms Soon obtained her BSc(Econs) and MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science under scholarship from the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, and later the Television Corporation of Singapore. She is married to Cassius Cheong and they have two children.

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Issued by MediaCorp News

For more information, please contact:
Ms Han Chuan Quee
Vice President, Corporate Services
Tel: 63503493
E-mail: chuanquee@mediacorp.com.sg

About Channel NewsAsia

Established in March 1999, Channel NewsAsia is an Asian TV News channel, fully complemented by English and Chinese online portals and new media services that provide news and information on global developments with Asian perspectives. Channel NewsAsia brings viewers the latest news and the stories behind the headlines. Headquartered in Singapore, the channel reports from major Asian and key Western cities, including New York, Washington D.C, London and Brussels. Channel NewsAsia is now viewed in 22 countries and territories across Asia for an audience of some 20 million viewers.

www.channelnewsasia.com, in English, and www.xin.sg, in Chinese, are premier sources of real time news, videos, information and entertainment features for professionals and executives working, living and investing in Asia. channelnewsasia.com has been named by online intelligence company, Hitwise, as the Number 1 TV website in Singapore in 2005 and 2006. 

The channel's second feed, Channel NewsAsia (International), was launched in September 2000. Its satellite footprint stretches from the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia to Australia.

MediaCorp News Pte Ltd owns and manages Channel NewsAsia. Its wholly owned subsidiary, MCN International Pte Ltd, is a regional business, and includes the television and new media operations of MediaCorp News.

MediaCorp News is part of MediaCorp, Singapore's leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies and digital media. MediaCorp has over 55 products in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), including online classifieds, Internet TV-on-demand and High Definition TV broadcast. MediaCorp's vision is to become one of Asia's top media companies, delivering valued content to the world.

For more information, please visit Channel NewsAsia's website at http://www.channelnewsasia.com.