MediaCorp, SingTel and StarHub Seal Deal On 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Telecast

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MediaCorp - SingTel - StarHub


MediaCorp, SingTel and StarHub Seal Deal On 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Telecast
- MediaCorp Channel 5 and HD5 to air four 2010 FIFA World Cup™ matches 'live’ -


Singapore, 3 June 2010 – MediaCorp, SingTel and StarHub are pleased to announce that they have sealed an agreement to air "live" the four key matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ on MediaCorp’s free-to-air Channel 5 and HD5.

Says Chang Long Jong, Deputy CEO, Television, MediaCorp, "We are very happy to have finally sealed this deal. The World Cup is a major event that has a legion of fans in Singapore and we have received many requests to air the matches. As Singapore's national broadcaster, MediaCorp’s overriding consideration was to bring the most significant matches free to all our viewers. We hope that our viewers will enjoy the matches with their friends and families, in the comfort of their own homes, and where possible, in full HD glory. With the recent telecast of the Olympic Games, Singapore Grand Prix and the upcoming inaugural Youth Olympics Games in August, MediaCorp is proud to offer our Singapore viewers the chance to catch international sporting events 'LIVE’, and will continue to telecast landmark 'LIVE’ sports programmes where possible.”

"We are very pleased that this partnership with MediaCorp will enable Singaporeans to watch four of the most important World Cup matches over free-to-air," said Mr Edward Ying, Chief, Content & Media Services Group, SingTel. "It was very important to us that Singapore not miss out on the World Cup. We bid long and hard for the rights and are delighted to be given this opportunity to bring the games even closer to the fans."

Tan Tong Hai, COO, StarHub, said, “We are pleased to conclude the deal with MediaCorp to bring four key matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ 'LIVE’ to all viewers in Singapore. This arrangement seeks to offer viewers more options to watch the World Cup. Watching football is an activity that bonds families and friends. We had worked hard to bring the tournament to Singapore and are hopeful that all the magic on the field will entertain and inspire football fans from all walks of life.”

MediaCorp Channel 5 and HD5 will air the Opening match, 2 Semi-Final matches and Final match "live" with same/next-day encores. 

Telecast Details:
Opening (South Africa vs Mexico): Fri 11 June 10pm (“live”) and Sat 12 June 11.30pm (encore)
Semi-Final 1: Wed 7 July 2.30am (“live”) and Thu 8 July 12mn (encore) 
Semi-Final 2: Thurs 8 July 2.30am (“live”) and Fri 9 July 12mn (encore)
Final: Mon 12 July 2.30am (“live”) and Tue 13 July 12mn (encore)

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About MediaCorp:
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.

It pioneered the development of Singapore’s broadcasting industry, with the broadcast of Radio in 1936 and Television in 1963. Today, MediaCorp has over 50 products and brands in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), reaching out to all adults in Singapore every week. 

Our industry firsts include the Digital Video Broadcast technology for outdoor digital television, and Asia’s first Digital Audio Broadcast radio service. Initiatives in the digital space include online classifieds, Internet TV-on-demand and High Definition TV broadcast. 

MediaCorp is an active regional player through co-productions in TV dramas and movies, magazines publishing, as well as Channel NewsAsia International, one of the first Asian-owned English news channels.

Our financial and strategic relationships in the region since 2007 include a venture with Indonesia's most integrated media company PT Media Nusantara Citra and its parent, Global Mediacom, and International Media Corporation in Vietnam, set up to develop and produce television entertainment and economic news content.

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

About SingTel:
mio TV is the innovative digital pay TV service offering from SingTel .Launched in July 2007, the service offers customers value and full flexibility to watch what they want, when they want. In less than three years, mio TV has signed up over 200,000 customers. Currently, mio TV offers a total of 56 channels, of which 21 are on-demand channels. Content on mio TV covers a wide range of genres as well as Singapore's largest range of video-on-demand titles and High Definition content.

SingTel is Asia's leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data services over fixed, wireless, pay TV and Internet platforms. Together with its regional partners, it serves over 293 million mobile customers in eight markets. For more information, visit www.singtel.com/miotv.

About StarHub:
StarHub is Singapore's fully-integrated info-communication company, offering a full range of information, communications and entertainment services for both consumer and corporate markets. StarHub operates Singapore's fastest two-way HSPA+ mobile network that delivers up to 21Mbps for downlink to complement its nation-wide GSM network, and an island-wide HFC network that delivers multi-channel cable TV services (including High Definition Television and on-demand services) as well as ultra-high speed residential broadband services. StarHub also operates an extensive fixed business network that provides a wide range of data, voice and wholesale services.

Launched in 2000, StarHub has become one of Singapore's most innovative info-communications providers, and the pioneer in 'hubbing' - the ability to deliver unique integrated and converged services to all its customers. StarHub, listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange since October 2004, is a component stock of the Straits Times Index and the MCSI Singapore Free Index.

Media Contacts:

MediaCorp
Winston Chong
Manager, Corporate Communications
DID: 6350 3351
Fax: 6251 5628 
E-mail: winstonchong@mediacorp.com.sg 

SingTel
Tricia Lee
Corporate Communications Manager
DID: 6838 3065
HP: 9150 7199
Email: tricialee@singtel.com 

StarHub
Huang Shu-Yin
Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications
DID: 6825 5117
HP: 8113 8119
Email: syhuang@starhub.com 

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