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MediaCorp Pte Ltd
Private Limited
Industry Mass Media, Interactive Media, Media Consultancy, Outdoor Advertising
Founded 15 February 1963
Headquarters Caldecott Broadcast Centre, Caldecott Hill
Area served
Southern Malaysia
Riau Islands
Key people
Teo Ming Kian (Chairman)
Shaun Seow (CEO)[1]
Owner Temasek Holdings
Parent Temasek Holdings
Subsidiaries MediaCorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd
MediaCorp Press Ltd
MediaCorp VizPro International Pte Ltd
MediaCorp Raintree Pictures Pte Ltd
Singapore Media Academy
Media Research Consultants Pte Ltd
OOH Media Pte Ltd
1-Net Singapore Pte Ltd

MediaCorp Pte Ltd, better known as MediaCorp, is a group of commercial media companies in Singapore, with business interests in television and radio broadcasting, interactive media, and, to a lesser extent, print publishing and filmmaking.

Currently, MediaCorp runs 7 television channels and 13 radio channels, making it the largest media broadcaster and provider in Singapore, and the only terrestrial TV broadcaster in the city-state. It is wholly owned by Temasek Holdings, a government-owned investment arm.[2]


  • History 1
    • Timeline 1.1
  • Television 2
    • Notable TV Shows from MediaCorp 2.1
      • TV drama and sitcom series 2.1.1
      • Chinese language 2.1.2
      • English language 2.1.3
      • Tamil Language 2.1.4
    • News 2.2
    • Other shows 2.3
  • Radio 3
    • MediaCorp Subaru Impreza Challenge 3.1
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Before 12 February 2001, MediaCorp was formerly known as:


Year Date Event
1935 Radio services in Singapore began.
1961 4 April Television Singapura started planned obtaining transmission for television.
1963 21 January Television Singapura started test of transmission for television.
1963 15 February Television Singapura was launched as Singapore's first television station.
1963 3 April Television Singapura officially began broadcasting. Regular broadcast on Channel 5 began and broadcast programmes mainly in English and Malay.
1963 23 November Regular broadcast on the second channel, Channel 8 was launched and shows programmes mainly in Mandarin and Tamil.
1963 28 December TV1 began broadcasting in time for New Year 1964. Television Singapura renamed as Television Malaysia (Singapura) when Singapore became part of Malaysia on 16 September 1963.
1964 1 January The first advertisement was aired to reduce the station's reliance on subsidies.
1965 9 August Radio and television operations were joined together as Radio and Television of Singapore (RTS).
1980 31 January RTS ceased transmission and officially dissolved by David Gabriel, who was the voice of announcements.[3]
1980 1 February RTS became the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) and became a statutory board.
1980 3 February Rolling off the presses for the very first time in 1980, the Radio and TV Times became an important source of weekly radio and television programme schedules for Singapore. First published in English and Mandarin, these magazines also served up local and international entertainment news and trivia. They have grown to be today's best-selling 8 Days and i-Weekly magazines.
1984 31 January SBC 12, later renamed MediaCorp TV12 was launched.
1989 The launch of Singapore's first 24-hour radio station, Perfect 10, now known as 987FM
1990 1 Jan The launch of the first Mandarin music radio station Y.E.S. 93.3FM
1990 1 August SBC began stereo broadcasts on all television channels.
1993 1 December SBC was the first broadcaster in Singapore to launch an international satellite television directed from Caldecott Hill and the Singapore International Foundation's regional broadcasting venture, Singapore International Television (SITV).
1994 1 January SBC 5 revamp the channel logo for a new look and Malay programmes were transferred from SBC 5 to SBC 12.
1994 1 February Radio Singapore International (RSI) is a first international shortwave radio station and SBC 12 revamp the channel logo for a new look.
1994 29 May SBC 8 revamp the channel logo for a new look.
1994 August The premiere of AM Singapore on SBC 5. The first channel in Singapore to have ever launched their very first breakfast programme and the first channel to do so.
1994 30 September SBC was ceased transmission at midnight on Saturday, 1 October 1994 at 00:00:00 SST was renamed as Television Corporation of Singapore/新加坡电视机构 (TCS/新视), Radio Corporation of Singapore/新加坡广播机构 (RCS/新广) & Singapore Television Twelve/新加坡电视十二 (STV12) it was officially launched on Saturday, 1 October 1994.
1994 1 October SBC was privatised into a new holding company's Singapore International Media/新加坡国际传媒 (SIM) to own our television & radio form 3-companies such: Television Corporation of Singapore/新加坡电视机构 (TCS/新视), Radio Corporation of Singapore/新加坡广播机构 (RCS/新广) & Singapore Television Twelve/新加坡电视十二 (STV12) such: TCS operated 5th Frequency (Channel 5)/第五波道 & 8th Frequency (Channel 8)/第八波道 while RCS operated Gold 90.5FM, Warna 94.2FM, 95.8FM/958城市频道, Olikalanjiam 96.8FM, Symphony 92.4FM, Perfect 10 98.7FM, Class 95.0FM, 93.3FM/933醉心频道, Ria 89.7FM & 97.2FM/972最爱频道 which STV12 operated 12th Frequency (Channel 12)/第十二波道.
1995 1 January Programmes produced by TCS 8 were broadcast in Taiwan, via the newly established TCS International cable channel.
1995 March The premiere of Good Morning Singapore on TCS 8. The first breakfast programme in Mandarin to have ever broadcast on this channel. The first Mandarin-Tamil channel to do so after TCS 5 launched their very first breakfast programme in Singapore.
1995 1 September TCS 5 is currently a 24-hour free-to-air new English news and entertainment television channel and TCS 8 is currently a 24-hour free-to-air Mandarin news and entertainment television channel, TCS 5 and TCS 8 now broadcasting 24-hours a day, STV12 revamp the channel logo for a newly launched Prime 12 was a free-to-air new Malay and Tamil language news and entertainment television channel and Premiere 12 is a sports, life to nurture a gracious, elegant society art and cultural programmes marking the inception of niche programming was launched, Tamil programmes were transferred from TCS 8 to Prime 12 was a free-to-air new Tamil language news and entertainment television channel.
1998 1 August Raintree Pictures was launched.[4]
1998 31 December Singapore International Media (SIM) ceased transmission.
1999 1 January SIM Group of Companies becomes Media Corporation of Singapore (MediaCorp Singapore).
1999 1 March Channel NewsAsia (CNA) was launched as Singapore's first national news channel and on Analogue terrestrial.
2000 30 January Prime 12 and Premiere 12 were renamed Suria, a full-fledged Malay channel with a mix of news and entertainment, Central is a full-fledged English children's and niche channel with the channel's important motto, educating children, life to nurture a gracious, elegant society art and cultural programmes marking the inception of niche programming and Tamil language news and entertainment television channel and SportCity was a full-fledged English sports channel was launched.
2001 12 February TCS, STV12 and CNA becomes MediaCorp TV, MediaCorp TV12 and MediaCorp News.
2001 14 February TVMobile began broadcasting programmes on SBS Transit buses.
2001 6 May Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) were given a television broadcasting licence, and SPH MediaWorks was established. MediaWorks offered two channels Channel U and TV Works (later renamed to Channel i. At the same time, MediaCorp was given the license to print, write and distribute the free daily tabloid Today.
2004 17 September To stop further economic losses, MediaCorp and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) agreed to merge their free-to-air television and free newspaper operations.
2004 31 December MediaCorp and SPH announced that the merger is legally completed, It created the new holding company MediaCorp Television Broadcasting Arm which will manage and operate Channel 5, Channel 8, TVMobile, Channel NewsAsia, Suria, Central, Teletext and Channel U (formerly known as SPH MediaWorks).
2005 1 January Channel U joined MediaCorp and relaunched as MediaCorp Channel U. Its sister channel, Channel i ceased transmission due to the limited English channel market that was proved by a research done in Singapore to check its commercial viability and 3 years later, it was also relaunched as MediaCorp TV12 okto.
2007 HD5 was launched, becoming the first free-to-air HDTV channel in Singapore and Channel 5 has been upgraded to HD in Singapore. MediaCorp also launched MOBTV, an online television service. Radio division was forced to lock listeners from the United States out of its webcasts, due to royalty rates imposed by the US Copyright Royalty Board.
2008 1 January MediaCorp TV came out with a new look and a new forum for Channel 5, Channel 8 and Channel U websites.
2008 19 October Okto was launched, replacing MediaCorp TV12 Central with the 2 former strands and the former channel, Kids Central, Arts Central and it used the Channel i frequency on Channel 30. Vasantham was also launched, replacing MediaCorp TV12 Central's Tamil timeshared channel, Vasantham Central and it was broadcast on the same channel that Central formerly used (Channel 24).
2010 1 January TVMobile ceased transmission[5]
2010 March xinmsn, a joint venture between MediaCorp and Microsoft was launched.[6]
2010 31 August The premiere of The Two of Us was shown on Channel 5 and HD5 in English with Malay and Mandarin subtitles.
2011 It launched a-ok (arts on okto) / ArtBites and broadcast on okto.
2013 21 January Channel NewsAsia commenced their 24-hour broadcasts.[7]
2013 15 February MediaCorp celebrated its first 50 years for TV transmission, during the Chinese New Year season.[8]
2013 30 September Teletext ceased operations.[9]
2013 16 December All seven free-to-air TV channels are now available in digital (DVB-T2 format). Channel 5, Channel 8, Suria and Vasantham now available in High Definition (HD), while Channel NewsAsia, Channel U and okto will be upgraded to HD by 2016.[10]
2015 1 April xinmsn ceased operations and all of its operations were moved to Toggle and MSN Singapore
2015 4 May Okto is now available in High Definition (HD).
2015 26 May Channel NewsAsia is now available in High Definition (HD). Channel U will be upgraded to HD by 2016.
2015 MediaCorp will be moving out of its premises at Caldecott Hill to Mediapolis@one-north Buona Vista by 2015.[11]
1 January 2018 All MediaCorp analogue television channels will be terminated.


MediaCorp offers seven free terrestrial television channels, and four high-definition channels. As a result of the MediaCorp-MediaWorks merger in late 2004, Singapore Press Holdings currently holds a 20% interest in MediaCorp's TV operations.[12]

Ch № Channel Channel content Transmission Format Launch Date Website
5 (A); 38 (D) Channel 5/HD5 A 24-hour news and general entertainment television broadcasting in English. Analog & Digital SDTV/HDTV 15 February 1963 (Analog SDTV)[13] 1 January 2007 (DVB-T)
16 December 2013 (DVB-T2) (Digital HDTV)[13]
8 (A); 38 (D) Channel 8 A 24-hour news and general entertainment television broadcasting in Chinese. Analog & Digital SDTV/HDTV 23 November 1963 (Analog SDTV)[14]
16 December 2013 (Digital HDTV)
12 (A) Suria A news and general entertainment television broadcasting for the Malay community in Singapore. Analog & Digital SDTV/HDTV 30 January 2000 (Analog SDTV)[15]
16 December 2013 (Digital HDTV)
24 (A) Vasantham A news and general entertainment television broadcasting for the Tamil community in Singapore. Analog & Digital SDTV/HDTV 19 October 2008 (Analog SDTV)[13][16]
16 December 2013 (Digital HDTV)
28 (A) Channel U A youth teen variety and light entertainment television broadcasting in Chinese. Analog & Digital SDTV 1 January 2005 (Analog SDTV)[17] Website
30 (A) Okto A children, lifestyle, culture, documentary, education, knowledge and art television broadcasting in English. Analog & Digital SDTV/HDTV 19 October 2008 (Analog SDTV)[16]
4 May 2015 (Digital HDTV)
32 (A); 38 (D) Channel NewsAsia A 24-hour international news & informations television broadcasting in English such: international news bulletin, information, business & financial, news magazine & current affairs programmes. Analog & Digital SDTV/HDTV 1 March 1999 (Analog SDTV)
26 May 2015 (Digital HDTV)[13]

Notable TV Shows from MediaCorp

TV drama and sitcom series

Chinese language

Year Name of Drama Description
1982 Seletar Robbery
First Singaporean television film.
1984 The Awakening
The first epic drama.
The Unbeatables
First drama series in Singapore about gambling. Its three seasons were released in 1993, 1996 and 2002 respectively.
1996 Don't Worry, Be Happy
The first local Chinese sitcom.
1998 Return of the Condor Heroes
The most expensive wuxia drama ever produced by MediaCorp, based on Louis Cha's novel. The serial made waves in the Taiwan and China markets and was repeated due to overwhelming audience demand. It also made screen idols out of Fann Wong and Christopher Lee, who were the charismatic leads.
2003 Holland V
A long-running Chinese drama in Singapore TV history with 125 episodes.
2004 Double Happiness
A long-running Chinese drama, it had 142 episodes in two parts. The first part was shown from May to August, while the second part began in October.
2005 Portrait of Home
A long-running Chinese drama with 100 episodes in two parts. The first part (60 episodes) aired from May to July, while the second part (40 episodes) began in October. Was nominated for best drama serial in 2005, but lost to A New Life.
2007 Kinship
MediaCorp's long-running 83-episode Chinese drama in 2007.
2008 Love Blossoms
MediaCorp's long-running 113-episode Chinese drama in 2008.
2008 The Little Nyonya
A 34-episode blockbuster on Peranakan Chinese culture in pre and post-World War II Malaya, celebrating Channel 8's 45th anniversary. It is the first drama to have been broadcast through Suria in dual sound. Awarded Best Drama Series Award in Star Awards 2009.
2009 The Dream Catchers
A 20-episode drama about Singapore's engineering sector, commissioned by the Economic Development Board. Filming was conducted in SIAEC and Chartered Semiconductor, and was partially filmed in Japan, the leads were also interviewed by NHK. This drama was featured on BBC Asia Business Report.
Your Hand In Mine
MediaCorp's long-running 180-episode Chinese drama in 2009, and also the mid-year drama in 2010 (2nd half version).
2009 Together
A 36-episode drama celebrating MediaCorp Channel 8's 46th anniversary. Awarded Best Drama Series Award in Star Awards 2010.
A police blockbuster trilogy in collaboration by the Singapore Police Force. Its three seasons were released in 2011, 2013 and 2014, and was made as the second 9pm trilogy series after The Unbeatables.
2013 The Dream Makers
A 30-episode mega blockbuster in 2013, celebrating 50 years of television. The drama focuses on the television industry.
The Journey
An end-year mega blockbuster trilogy spanning three years, from 2013 to 2015. The first volume of the series, A Voyage, will celebrate 50 years of television. It will be the first periodical drama to use special effects. The series revolves around the human spirit in Singaporeans of yonder years, from the 1920s to the 1930s. The producer was interviewed by local news programme Singapore Today in its 'live' outdoor telecast. Tumultuous Times, Part 2 of the series, revolves around World War II and the Independence days. Our Homeland, the final season of the series, revolves around post-independence, and how Singaporeans come together as a nation to overcome national crisis. It will culminate with the celebrations for the nation's 50th birthday (SG50) in 2015.

English language

  • Masters of The Sea (1994) (TV drama)
  • Growing Up (1996-2001) The longest running English drama in Singapore, span around 1960s - 1980s.
  • VR Man (TV Drama) Attempt at making a superhero show with local personality.
  • Under One Roof, (1994) (The first local English sitcom, criticized for its use of Singlish)
  • Phua Chu Kang (Local English sitcom, starring Gurmit Singh. Also criticized for its heavy use of Singlish) (1997-2007)
  • Making Love (Local English comedy, starring Andrea D'Cruz, Celest Chong, Jimmy T, Kevin Verghese) (2000)
  • Moulmein High (Local English drama, starring Cynthia Koh)
  • First Touch (Local English drama, starring Edmund Chen, Amy Cheng, Vernetta Lopez, Nick Shen) (2000-2002)
  • Living with Lydia (Local English sitcom, starring Lydia Sum.)
  • Oh Carol! (Local English sitcom, starring Carol Cheng.)
  • After Hours (Local English drama, starring Linda Liao, Utt, Joanne Peh) (2 seasons)
  • Like My Own (2004)(Local English drama, starring Flora Chan, Zhu Mi Mi, Ho Wen Long, Amy Cheng)
  • Tiramisu (2005)(Local English drama, starring Sharon Au)
  • ABC DJ (2006) (Local English sitcom, starring Korean actor Eugene Lee)
  • Maggi & Me (2006) (Local English sitcom, starring Adrian Pang and Fiona Xie, premieres 25 July 2006)
  • Yang Sisters (2006) (Local English sitcom, starring Cheng Pei-pei, premieres 28 September 2006))
  • Enbloc (2008) (Local English drama, starring Patrick Teoh, Darren Lim, Nick Shen, Nathaniel Ho, Rebecca Lim)
  • Red Thread (2009) (Local English drama, premieres 14 April 2009)
  • Fighting Spiders (2009) (Channel 5's drama, premieres 14 April 2009)
  • Point of Entry (2010) (Local English Action-drama about an elite team of ICA, premiers 2 December 2010)
  • The Pupil (2010-2011) (Local English drama, about the legal profession in Singapore, premiers 7 January 2010)
  • Point of Entry 2 (2012) (Local English Action-drama about an elite team of ICA, premiers 5/Jan/2012)
  • Code of Law (2012) (Local English drama about the legal profession in Singapore, premiers 13 September 2012)

Tamil Language


A Channel NewsAsia programme called The Year Ahead hosted by Gaurav Keerthi being recorded at MediaCorp's studios
  • News 5 (Channel 5's and Channel 5 HD's flagship news programme in English shown at 9:00pm SST)
  • News Tonight (Channel 8's flagship news programme in Mandarin first shown at 10:00pm SST and repeated on Channel U at 11:00pm SST)
  • Primetime World (Channel NewsAsia's flagship news programme shown at 9:00pm SST)
  • Tamil Seithi (Vasantham's flagship news programme in Tamil shown at 8:30pm SST and repeats at 11:30pm SST on Monday to Wednesday and time varies before closedown on Thursdays to Sundays)
  • Berita (Suria's flagship news programme in Malay first shown at 8pm SST and repeats at 11:30pm SST)

Other shows

  • Crime Watch (Talk about crime prevention, partially based on the German programme. Produced by MediaCorp and Singapore Police Force.)
  • True Files (Cases of the murders of yesteryears.)
  • True Courage (The extraordinary courage of some Singaporeans.)


MediaCorp offers thirteen free-to-air FM radio channels,[18] all of which can be accessed online and via mobile apps. The company's Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) service was discontinued on 1 December 2011.[19]

Frequency Station Language Format Website
89.7 MHz Ria 89.7FM Malay Top 40 (CHR) Link
90.5 MHz Gold 90.5FM English Classic hits Link
92.4 MHz Symphony 92.4FM English Classical Link
93.3 MHz Y.E.S. 93.3FM Chinese Top 40 (CHR) Link
93.8 MHz 938LIVE English Talk radio Link
94.2 MHz Warna 94.2FM Malay News, Infotainment Link
95.0 MHz Class 95FM English Adult contemporary Link
95.8 MHz Capital 95.8FM Chinese Talk radio Link
96.3 MHz XFM 96.3FM Arab, French, German,
Hindi, Japanese, Korean
Top 40 (CHR), Infotainment Link
96.8 MHz Oli 96.8FM Tamil Infotainment Link
97.2 MHz Love 97.2FM Chinese Easy listening Link
98.7 MHz 987FM English Top 40 (CHR) Link
99.5 MHz Lush 99.5FM English Adult Link

MediaCorp Subaru Impreza Challenge

An annual event that MediaCorp anchors is the MediaCorp Subaru Impreza WRX Challenge. Much public attention and participation is drawn from the public to this event.

See also


  1. ^ "New MediaCorp CEO is Shaun Seow". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Temasek Holdings Major Portfolio Companies
  3. ^ Good Evening, From Tomorrow, RADIO TELEVISION SINGAPORE -becomes- Singapore Broadcasting Corporation abbreviation change of name "SBC" took over
  4. ^ "Raintree Pictures". 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "MediaCorp to discontinue TVMobile service". 15 December 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Microsoft and MediaCorp enter strategic partnership to create new online portal". 23 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Channel NewsAsia relaunches". 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "MediaCorp celebrates 50 years of Television". 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Teletext to end service this month". 3 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "All MediaCorp TV channels now available in digital broadcast". Channel News Asia. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  11. ^ MediaCorp to move to Buona Vista
  12. ^ SPH Profile
  13. ^ a b c d "MediaCorp Interactive History". MediaCorp. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Channel 8 Facebook". Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Suria Facebook". Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  16. ^ a b Seah, May (21 October 2008). "Two new free-to-air channels launch in Singapore". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Channel U Facebook". Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  18. ^ [2]
  19. ^ Digital radio from MediaCorp to cease - Channel NewsAsia

External links

  • Singapore MediaCorp Official Website
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