Prime Minister’s National Day Rally 2016 speech to be broadcast ‘live’ for Singapore and worldwide audiences

Embargoed till 15 August, 6.00am

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Prime Minister’s National Day Rally 2016 speech to be broadcast ‘live’ for Singapore and worldwide audiences

Singapore, 15 August 2016 – Mediacorp will broadcast Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally 2016 speech ‘live’ on Sunday, 21 August 2016 from 6.40pm on TV, radio and online for a worldwide audience on Mediacorp’s over-the-top video service Toggle and Channel NewsAsia website.

There will be two parts to the speech:

Part 1:   6.40pm to 7.30pm – PM Lee will deliver his speech first in Malay, then in Mandarin.

Part 2:   8.00pm to 10.00pm – PM Lee will deliver his speech in English.

Sign language will be provided at the Prime Minister’s Office website:

The Prime Minister’s speech will be voiced-over only during the speeches when it is different from the language of the channel and station. For Vasantham and Oli 96.8FM, the broadcast will be completely voiced-over in Tamil.

The online community in Singapore and overseas will be able to watch the simulcast of the Rally ‘live’ on from 6.40pm or via the Toggle app and from 8.00pm. Viewers who miss the ‘live’ broadcast may visit the sites or Toggle app for catch-up and video on demand clips.

Details of the 21 August broadcast schedule are listed below. All platforms will broadcast at 6.40pm except Channel NewsAsia which will only broadcast the second part at 8.00pm.

Language             Channels/Stations

English                  Channel 5 (simulcast on Toggle)

                              938LIVE Channel NewsAsia (simulcast on Toggle)

 Mandarin            Channel 8 (Simulcast on Toggle)

              Channel U (Simulcast On Toggle)

              CAPITAL 95.8FM

Malay                    Suria (simulcast on Toggle)

                             Warna 94.2FM

Tamil                     Vasantham (simulcast on Toggle)

                              Oli 96.8FM

MediaCorp radio stations will broadcast the full speech ‘live’ with translations in the four official languages as follows:

* 938LIVE              Full speech with simultaneous English voice-over translations of Malay and Mandarin speeches

* CAPITAL 95.8FM    Full speech with simultaneous Mandarin voice-over translation of English and Malay speeches

* Warna 94.2FM       Full speech with simultaneous Malay voice-over translation of the English and Mandarin speeches

* Oli 96.8FM             Full speech with simultaneous Tamil voice-over                        translations

The highlights of the National Day Rally will be telecast as follows:

English                  Thursday, 25 August 2016 11.00pm          Channel 5

Malay                  Thursday, 25 August 2016 10.30pm            Suria     

Tamil                   Sunday, 28 August 2016 9.00pm                Vasantham


About Mediacorp

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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