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Media Corporation Of Singapore Pte Ltd
Type Private Limited
Founded Singapore (1965, as Radio and Television of Singapore)
Headquarters Caldecott Broadcast Centre, Caldecott Hill
Industry Television, Online Broadcasting, Publishing, Moviemaking, Media Consultancy
Services Television Broadcasting and Production, Publication
Parent Temasek Holdings
Subsidiaries MediaCorp Studios Pte Ltd
MediaCorp Technologies Pte Ltd
MediaCorp Vizpro Pte Ltd
MediaCorp Raintree Pictures Pte Ltd
1-Net Singapore Pte Ltd
Caldecott production Pte Ltd
EagleVision Pte Ltd

MediaCorp is a state-owned[1] group of commercial media companies in Singapore specialising primarily in television and radio broadcasting, and to a lesser extent, in periodicals and newspaper publishing and film-making. At present, MediaCorp runs eight television channels and 13 radio channels, making it the largest media broadcaster and provider in Singapore. It is also a monopoly in free-to-air television in Singapore.



Before 2001, MediaCorp was formerly known as:


Important events

Year Date Event
1963 June 1 It was started as the first radio station in Singapore. It started a TV service in 15 February 1963. 2 April, regular TV services was launch on Channel 5. On 23 November the same year, the second channel, Channel 8, was launched. Channel 5 shows some of the English and Malay programmes while the Channel 8 shows some of the Chinese and Tamil programmes.
1966 Old broadcast house moved to current TV studio at Caldecott Hill. Old broadcast house was redeveloped into drama street scene.
1976 It started a colour television service.
1984 January 31 It launched the TV12 channel, and in 1994, had them separated into Prime 12 and Premiere 12.
1990 SBC launched Stereo on all TV channels.
1994 SBC revamp all channel and launched their own channel's logo which currently using.
1994 SBC becomes Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS), one of the three companies created from the privatisation process.
1995 Channel 5 and 8 started 24-hour broadcasts.
1997 Channel 8 productions were exported to the Taiwanese cable market via TCSI (TCS International), a cable network in Taiwan. Popular serials included Fann Wong's Return of the Condor Heroes.
1999 SIM Group of Companies underwent corporate restructure, became the Media Corporation of Singapore, or MediaCorp Singapore.
1999 March 1 MediaCorp started Channel NewsAsia (CNA), the firm's news channel, which can also be received regionally by cable or satellite subscription.
2000 Prime 12 and Premiere 12 were renamed to Suria and Central respectively. That year, it launched SportCity (later rename CityTV on 2001) for all sports programmes, which ceased transmission in 2002 due to the regional economic slowdown.
2001 TCS becomes MediaCorp TV.
2001 February 14 TVMobile started operation and it became the world's first outdoor digital TV system, broadcasting on some 1500 SBS Transit buses.
2001 To end the monopoly MediaCorp TV had on the media, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) was given the licence to enter the broadcasting arena, thereby creating SPH Mediaworks TV, which launched Channel U and TV Works (renamed to Channel I the same year). At the same time, MediaCorp was given the license to print, write and distribute the free daily tabloid, Today.
2004 To stop further economic losses, MediaCorp and 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, thereby creating the new holding company, MediaCorp TV Holdings, which now owns Channel 5, Channel 8, TVMobile and Channel U.
2005 1 January Channel U joins MediaCorp. Channel i went off the air and ceased transmission.
2006 MediaCorp launches its online broadband television MOBTV.
2006 May MediaCorp began a HDTV trial channel, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was the first movie to be shown on the channel.
2006 2 October Subtitles for news bulletins was launched on Channel 5 for the hearing impaired viewers.
2006 3 December Subtitles for news bulletins was launched on Channel 8 and Suria.
2007 9 December Channel 8 celebrates 25 years drama anniversary, with Xie Shaoguang and Huang Biren winning the coveted 'My Favourite Actor' and 'My Favourite Actress' awards respectively.
2007 19 March Forced to lock out United States listeners of its webcasts due to royalty rates imposed by Copyright Royalty Board, in America.
2007 11 November MediaCorp officially rolled out HD5, its first free-to-air HD channel, which is an HD-version of Channel 5.
2007 November URL for Channel 8 and Channel 5 websites were updated to use the address instead of the former
2008 23 April MediaCorp TV came out with a new look and a new forum for the Channel 5, Channel 8 and Channel U websites.
2008 19 October MediaCorp TV12 launched the new channel okto that replaced Kids Central and Arts Central. It has also launched Vasantham to replace the Central channel and take its position to be full-fledged free-to-air Tamil channel in Singapore.[2]
2009 Channel NewsAsia celebrated its tenth anniversary.
2010 1 January TVMobile is discontinued.[3]


MediaCorp Group comprises the following divisions:

  • Television
  • Radio
  • Print
  • Interactive Media
  • Enterprises
  • Productions


MediaCorp is 100% owned by Temasek Holdings, the Singapore government's wholly owned investment arm. [1]


MediaCorp Caldecott Broadcast Centre

MediaCorp is currently located at Andrew Road, Caldecott Broadcast Centre. In 2011, it will be relocated to a 70,000 square metres site in Bukit Batok.

MediaCorp Channels

MediaCorp offers seven free-to-air terrestrial television channels, and one high-definition channel:

Name of Channel Description
Channel 5 is a 24-hour, English-language general-entertainment channel covering the drama, variety, news, comedy, sports, infotainment and movie genres. Successful local productions include reality series The Dance Floor as well as foreign adaptation Singapore Idol. Its local productions have won numerous regional and international accolades and include long-running comedies such as Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd and Police & Thief, and drama series such as Parental Guidance. Channel 5 also offers a mix of top American programmes such as dramas like Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy to reality shows such as The Amazing Race, Survivor and America's Next Top Model. There is a simulcast HD version of this channel, MediaCorp HD5.
Channel 8 is a 24-hour, Mandarin-language channel. It is the highest-rated channel in Singapore, airing local and regionally-made Chinese dramas, variety shows, news and current-affairs programmes. Special Chinese-language events, such as the Chingay Parade, Star Search and Star Awards are also broadcast on this channel.
Channel U is MediaCorp's second Chinese-language channel. It aims to reach the younger generation, providing an alternative to traditional commercial television programming. It has a tagline 最精彩, or "The Most Exciting". Other than local programmmes, most East Asian dramas (especially Korean and Japanese) are shown over this channel.
okto is an English-language channel targeted at the young, the young at heart and adults with an interest in the arts scene. The channel features pre-school and children programmes in the day and documentaries, lifestyle, anime and art performances (operas, dance, art films etc.) in the evening.
Suria is a Malay-language channel featuring Malay dramas and popular programmes. Its tagline, "Suria, Sinar Bersama Anda ", means "Suria, Shines With You". Showing programmes like Anugerah, Pesta Pesta Pesta and Dia, Suria has achieved recognition in the non-Malay community, drawing media attention in Singapore and surrounding regions.
Vasantham is an Indian-language channel of entertainment for the growing Indian community in Singapore. It also serves as a crucial source of local news and current affairs for the community. Vasantham aims to be the Pulse of the Indian Community. The channel has screened many Tamil and Indian movies, especially during the weekends.
Channel NewsAsia is an English-language news network for international news and current affairs telecast to more than 20 Asian countries and territories.

Notable TV Shows from MediaCorp

TV drama and sitcom series

MediaCorp celebrated 25 years of local Chinese dramas in 2007.

Chinese language
Year Name of Drama Description
1982 Seletar Robbery
First Singapore telemovie
1984 The Awakening
The first blockbuster epic drama
1996 The Golden Pillow
First drama to have scenes filmed overseas, in Turkey
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 blockbuster 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 Always On My Mind Starring Fann Wong, this serial was made to commemorate the sacrifices of the brave members of the Singapore medical profession during the SARS crisis.
2003 Holland V
A long-running Chinese drama in Singapore TV history with 125 episodes. Biggest winner in Star Awards 2003, winning best M/F Lead and M/F supporting.
2004 The Champion
The drama series about swimming starred Singaporean and Taiwanese artistes and was extremely popular.
2004 Double Happiness
A long-running Chinese drama, it had 130 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 The Peak
Sponsored by Keppel, filming went as far as Brazil.
2007 Kinship
MediaCorp's long-running 80-episode Chinese drama in 2007.
2007 Metamorphosis
Channel 8's most watched television drama series in 2007 and was awarded Best Drama Series Award in Star Awards 2007.
2007 Honour and Passion
A 20-episode military drama series sponsored by the Singaporean Ministry of Defence
2007 The Golden Path
A 30-episode blockbuster drama celebrating MediaCorp's 25 years of local Chinese drama.
2008 Love Blossoms
MediaCorp's long-running 110-episode Chinese drama in 2008
2008 The Little Nyonya
A 30-episode blockbuster drama celebrating MediaCorp Channel 8's 45th anniversary.
2009 The Ultimatum
Mediacorp's 30-episode mid-year blockbuster for the year 2009
2009 Your Hand In Mine
MediaCorp's long-running 180-episode Chinese drama in 2009
2009 Together
A 36-episode blockbuster drama celebrating MediaCorp Channel 8's 46th anniversary.
English language
  • Masters of The Sea (1994) (TV drama) Animal rights activists were unhappy with the catch phrase of one of the main cast members (Magaret Chan) whose lines kept stating that she wanted to physically abuse cockroaches.
  • Growing Up (1996-2001) The longest running english drama in singapore, span around 60s - 80s.
  • VR Man (TV Drama) Attempt at making a superhero show with local personality.
  • Under One Roof, 同一屋檐下 (1994) (The first local English sitcom)
  • Phua Chu Kang (Local English sitcom, starring Gurmit Singh. Much Singlish was used in the series.) (1997-2007)
  • 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)
  • ABC DJ (2006) (Local English sitcom, starring Korean actor Eugene Lee)
  • Maggi & Me (2006) (Local English sitcom, starring Adrian Pang and Fiona Xie, premieres July 25, 2006)
  • Yang Sisters (2006) (Local English sitcom, starring Cheng Pei-Pei, premieres September 28, 2006))
  • Red Thread (2009) (Local English blockbuster drama, premieres April 14, 2009)
  • Fighting Spiders (2009) (Channel 5's blockbuster drama, premieres April 14, 2009)

TV variety shows

  • Live From Studio 1, 缤纷 (The classical variety show in 80s are broadcast every week in live.)
  • Sharp Nite, 声宝之夜 (The variety show in 70s & 80s.)
  • Comedy Night, 搞笑行动 (The longest variety show in Singapore history, it started from 1990 to 2000. It returned in 2003 to celebrate MediaCorp TV 40 anniversary, for a brief period.)
  • PSC Nite, 普威之夜 (The variety show which is held in June and during the end-of-year holiday season, it has talent contest and prize giving for lucky draws winner.)
  • The Sheng Siong Show (The variety show which includes exciting outdoor and studio games (with thousands of dollars to be won!) and features a children's singing competition.)
  • Top Fun, 欢乐巅峰 (It had 7 series and was created by jteam Productions.)
  • Super TV Champion, 超级电视迷 (The gameshow for celebrate 20 years of MediaCorp drama in 2002.)
  • Everyone Wins, 今天谁会赢 (Singapore's very own formatted gameshow after Who Wants to be a Millionaire, The Weakest Link, Wheel of Fortune, Russian Roulette and Hollywood Squares; the show was created by Robert Chua.)
  • Russian Roulette, 灵机一洞 (The U.S. gameshow produced by Game Show Network)
  • Celebrities Squares (The Singapore version of Hollywood Squares.)
  • The Weakest Link, 智者生存 (Based on the British gameshow. Produced in both the English and Chinese languages, though not simultaneously).
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire, 百万大赢家 (based on the British gameshow, also produced in the English and Chinese languages.)
  • It's Showtime!, 全民创意争霸赛 (Similar to the Japanese TV variety show: Kasou Taishou. Showcased original creativity and entertaining performances achieved by teams.)
  • Rated: E (Singapore entertainment news programme, premieres July 20, 2006)
  • Global Picnic (Takes a look at "the different minority expat communities here for an eyeopening look at their vibrant lifestyles.", hosted by Andrea Cruz and Chua En Lai)
  • Deal or No Deal (Singapore) (A game show)

TV charity shows

  • NKF Charity Show, 群星照亮千万心 (The biggest charity show in Singapore every year organised by National Kidney Foundation, it has two shows in total. After The NKF saga, It has since been discontinued indefinitely.)
  • Affairs of the heart, 心手相连 (The charity show organised by Singapore Heart Foundation.)
  • President's Star Charity (The charity show for the President's Challenge.)
  • TrueHearts (The first outdoor charity show in Singapore, organised by Community Chest. Its 2009 show as held at Toa Payoh HDB Hub.)
  • Ren Ci Charity Show (The first charity show which no prizes or lucky draws to encourage donations. Not shown in 2009 due tot he Ming Yi saga in court.)
  • Thye Hua Kwan Charity Show (The first charity show to have no stunts.)
  • The SPD Charity Show (Originally shown on Channel 8, it was moved to Channel U in 2009 due to the Ren Ci saga.)
  • Project Hope (Held to raise funds in 2009 for the Indonesian and Filipino disasters.)
  • Sichuan Earthquake Charity Show (Held to raise funds in 2008 for Sichuan Earthquake)

Major shows

  • Singapore Idol, 新加坡偶像 - The Singapore version of American Idol on Channel 5 in English language.
  • Live the Dream - Channel 5's brand new reality talent show for aspiring singers aged 25 and above to take that golden shot at fulfilling their dream.
  • The Dance Floor - The search for outstanding dancers. Started in 2007.
  • Star Search, 才华横溢出新秀 - Started in 1988, the talent quest event is held once per the two year, except in 2005 due of more talent search like Star Idol, Project SuperStar, SuperHost, but it returned in 2007. The programme is broadcast on Channel 8 in the Chinese language.
  • Star Awards, 红星大奖 - The annual award ceremony, rewarding the achievements of the artistes who contributed to Channel 8, mostly in the Chinese language.
  • Talentime - The first talent quest event in Singapore history, on Channel 5.
  • Miss Singapore Universe, 新加坡环球小姐 - A pageant contest choosing one lady out of the whole to represent Singapore for Miss Universe and offered MediaCorp contracts, on Channel 5. MediaCorp is no longer partnering the organisers to organise the show.
  • Project SuperStar, 绝对 SuperStar - A Chinese equivalent of Singapore Idol, but with MediaCorp's own contest rules rather than following the lines of Singapore Idol. It has become such an overwhelming success that Malaysian Tv station 8TV has bought rights to copy this talent search, under the same programme name.
  • Campus SuperStar, A variant of the Super series of talent searches. It only involves Students ranging from Secondary School to University.
  • SuperHost, A variant of the Super series of talent searches. As the name suggests, The talent search is to find the best television host in Singapore.
  • SuperBand, A variant of the Super series of talent searches. The Talent Search is to find the best bands in Singapore.
  • Star Idol, 明星偶像 - An acting talent quest to test their acting skills.
  • SuperMummy, 全能俏妈妈 - A variant of the Super series of talent searches. The talent search is to find the best mother/mummy in Singapore. Debuts 26 August 2008, every Tuesday at 8 pm. Grand Final is on 7 December 2008, 8pm.[4]

News and current affairs

  • News 5 Tonight (wrap-up of the day's news in English)
  • Talking Point
  • Get Real! (The Current Affairs Show in Singapore, hosted by Diana Ser)
  • The Frontline, 前线追踪 (The Chinese Current Affairs Show, investigative programme shown every Friday night.)
  • Cross fire

Other shows

MediaCorp Stations

FM Stations

Frequency Station Language Genre
90.5 MHz Gold 90.5FM English Classic Hits (1960s-1990s)
92.4 MHz Symphony 92.4FM English Classical music
93.8 MHz 938LIVE English News and information
95.0 MHz Class 95FM English Adult Contemporary
98.7 MHz 987FM English Contemporary hits, Top 40
99.5 MHz Lush 99.5FM English Adult
93.3 MHz Y.E.S. 93.3FM (醉心频道) Chinese Contemporary hits
95.8 MHz Capital 95.8FM (城市频道) Chinese Infotainment, oldies
97.2 MHz Love 97.2FM (最爱频道) Chinese, English Adult
89.7 MHz Ria 89.7FM Malay, English Contemporary hits
94.2 MHz Warna 94.2FM Malay General
96.8 MHz Oli 96.8FM (ஒலி) Tamil Infotainment, general
96.3 MHz XFM 96.3
Hindi,French, German, Japanese General

Radio's 70th Anniversary Gag

DJs were locked up in rooms in Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza in February 2006 to celebrate 70 years of Radio in Singapore.

See also


External links



Interactive Media

MediaCorp TVMobile
TVMobile logo
Launched February 14, 2001
Network MediaCorp
Owned by MediaCorp
Picture format 576i(SDTV) MPEG-2
Country Template:Country data SGP Singapore
Broadcast area Nation-wide
Headquarters Caldecott Broadcast Centre
Website Official website
Digital (DVB-T) Channel 37 (602 MHz)

TVMobile (Chinese: 流动电视) is a subsidiary of MediaCorp Singapore and is the first channel in the world to pioneer the use of Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) technology to deliver television programmes to commuters. With 89.3 MHz, TVMobile provides the latest infotainment, entertainment programmes and real-time news; keeping travellers informed while travelling.

TVMobile currently has outdoor-advertising platforms at shopping mall food courts, ferries, academic institutions, taxis and selected SBS Transit buses. Broadcasting from 6:00AM to 12:00 midnight (Singapore/Hong Kong time) daily, TVMobile provides an outdoor-advertising medium that schedules programming according to viewers’ profile and their travelling patterns. However, it can only be received with a digital set-top box by home viewers.



It features re-runs and simulcasts of shows both in Mandarin and English from its sister channels and occasionally features original content; for instance, shorts produced in collaboration with Nanyang Polytechnic.


The network currently has one main transmitting site, nine filler transmitting sites and two transposers located island-wide. The digital signal is carried via ATM and microwave transmitting medium to the main transmitting site before being re-transmitted to the filler sites.

Receiving the Channel

TV mobile is available on SBS Transit Air-con Buses, Bintan Resort Ferries, the Tasty corner & delight corner in Suntec (Carrefour) and a few SmartCab Taxis. In addition, an audio simulcast of the channel is available by tuning-in to 89.3 MHz on the FM band.

Similar systems in Singapore

SMRT Media

SMRT Media, the advertising arm of SMRT Corporation, is responsible for advertising on its trains, buses and taxis. A similar system, through the use of liquid-crystal display (LCD) monitors, has been installed on SMRT's newest fleet of trains (currently suspended as of 2007) and all trains plying the Bukit Panjang LRT.

SBS Transit Moove Media

SBS Transit Moove Media, the advertising arm of SBS Transit, is responsible for advertising on its trains, buses and taxis. A similar system, through the use of LCD monitors, has been installed on all trains plying the North East Line, Sengkang LRT & Punggol LRT.

Reception and feedback

As of 2005, TVMobile has been installed in most of SBS Transit's buses. TVMobile is an outdoor digital television station, broadcasting live news and entertainment programmes throughout the buses' operating hours. SBS Transit is the only bus operator to have installed TVMobile in its buses as of 2006.

From time to time, SBS Transit's use of TVMobile has frequently attracted flak in the Straits Times' Forum pages. Some commuters hold the impression that the installation of TVMobile was the reason for increases in bus fares, even after announcements that this was not the cause. [1] [2] [3] There were also feedback about TVMobile's suitability [4] and the repetitiveness of the programs broadcast.[5] [6]

This is despite the fact that the infrastructure and equipment of TVMobile is not managed by SBS Transit at all, but rather, by MediaCorp TV Holdings. SBS Transit buses are just a medium on which TVMobile is installed. TVMobile also provides an extra source of revenue for SBS Transit. This is due to the royalties paid by MediaCorp.

See also


  1. Gan Y. C., Save money, do away with TV Mobile, The Straits Times, May 27, 2006 Saturday.
  2. Chong J., Forget TV mobile, give us more frequent bus services", The Straits Times, May 19, 2006.
  3. Arip, A., Did TV Mobile survey include a cross-section of commuters?, The Straits Times, November 9, 2006.
  4. Balaguru, R., 'Desperate Housewives' on TV Mobile not good, The Straits Times, May 25, 2006.
  5. Tan, K.S., TVMobile repeats programmes ad nauseam. Can anything be done about it?, The Straits Times, November 26, 2005.
  6. Teo K.S., TVMobile is boring. Take off old shows and replace them with new ones, The Straits Times, August 28, 2006.

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