MediaCorp presents a political forum on Singapore’s future

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MediaCorp presents a political forum on Singapore’s future
A moderated TV discussion programme with five political parties to be aired 2 April 2011 
Singapore 29 Mar 2011 – MediaCorp’s regional news channel, Channel NewsAsia, is producing a television forum for the main political parties in Singapore to discuss issues facing the country, in the runup to the General Election due by February 2012.
In the first pre-election forum of this nature in Singapore over two decades, Channel NewsAsia invited the main parties to record an hour-long programme.  The programme, in English entitled, “A political form on Singapore’s future” brings together the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) and four opposition parties to discuss long and short-term challenges for the Republic.
Opposition parties taking part are the Singapore People’s Party (SPP) and the Workers’ Party (WP), both with incumbent Members in the current Parliament; the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) and the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).
Participants in the forum are:
PAP     Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Finance Minister, and Mrs Josephine Teo, MP
SPP     Mrs Lina Chiam, 2nd Vice Chairwoman
WP       Mr Gerald Giam, Assistant Webmaster
SDA     Mr Mohamed Nazem Suki, Assistant Secretary-General
SDP     Dr Vincent Wijeysingha, Assistant Treasurer
Channel NewsAsia presenter, Melissa Hyak, moderates the structured forum with allotted time for the representatives to present their party’s position and perspectives.  Opposition members are given half the air time, and the ruling PAP is given 50 percent of the time. There are also discussion segments where participants can freely argue and articulate their views to give voters an insight into their thinking. 
Executive Producer, Lee Siew Hoon, says, “We have decided on this hybrid approach of a structured deliberation and discussion which we think works better for our viewers, and they will find it easier to understand the respective party’s position on how they see Singapore’s future. This ultimately is a platform to allow voters to hear views of the respective parties and an opportunity to hear from some candidates standing in the coming GE who want to represent them in parliament.” 
The programme is recorded at MediaCorp’s Andrew Road studios and will be screened without editing.  The telecast times are as follows:
A political forum on Singapore’s future
Channel NewsAsia: Sat, 2 April 2011, 10pm
Encore telecasts: Sun, 3 April, 6pm 
                        Mon 4 April, 1pm and 6pm
Channel 5: Mon, 4 April, 10pm
Issued by News, MediaCorp Pte Ltd
For more information, please contact:
Han Chuan Quee (Ms)
Vice President, Corporate Services
Channel NewsAsia
Tel:       (65) 6350 3493
Fax:      (65) 6253 0861
About Channel NewsAsia
Channel NewsAsia Singapore was established in March 1999, and is an English language Asian TV News channel. It reports on global developments with Asian perspectives. Channel NewsAsia brings viewers not only the latest news but also the stories behind the headlines. Based in Singapore, it has correspondents in major Asian cities and key Western ones, including New York, Washington D.C, London and Brussels.  It is fully complemented by a strong online presence at, which provides a premier source of real time news, videos, information and entertainment features.
Channel NewsAsia (International), was launched in September 2000, as the international broadcasting arm of Channel NewsAsia Singapore.  It is now viewed in 24 territories across Asia.  The satellite footprint of the channel stretches across the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and Australia.  
Channel NewsAsia's other key business is the production of news and current affairs content in four languages, English, Malay, Tamil and Chinese.  This content is produced for MediaCorp's television and online platforms, such as mass entertainment Channels 5, 8, U, and niche language channels, Suria and Vasantham.  MediaCorp is Singapore’s leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies, digital and out-of-home media.   

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