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Retrenching SPH CEO will save 230 jobs

Retrenching SPH CEO will save 230 jobs

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This is the best solution.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who can do math and understand economics, are making consultancy recommendations to Singapore Press Holdings.

This after the Singapore media company said it will get rid of 230 jobs, 130 of which via retrenchment.

One Singaporean, Chao You Yu, said: “Getting rid of 230 employees is to make 230 people’s lives difficult.”

“Why not just get rid of the CEO and save millions of dollars each year while retaining 230 people who have more to contribute and when combined represent more valuable talent and skills.”

Other locals said getting rid of the CEO might be tough and are looking towards other friendly solutions.

Another local, Pang Kang, said: “The solution, therefore, is to get rid of the CEO and the editor-in-chief.”

“That way, firing two people will not make it such a lonely exercise.”

“And save another million in the process for the company.”



SPH new CEO hired as ‘paper general’ mistaken as ‘newspaper general’

SPH new CEO hired as ‘paper general’ mistaken as ‘newspaper general’


They thought it was the same thing.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who like to watch things unfold and later crash and burn, are looking towards Singapore Press Holdings.

This after a new Chief Executive Officer has been appointed to lead SPH, as “paper general” has been mistaken as “newspaper general”.

One Singaporean, Tak Poh Zhua, said: “When you’re desperate, you’d think as long as there’s the word ‘paper’, it doesn’t mean because it’s the same thing.”

“It is like the last time when China mistook ‘Thanksgiving’ as ‘Tanksgiving’ and took Singapore’s tanks and kept them for a few months.”

“Any reason is a good reason.”

Other locals said such an error is forgivable in this new era where traditional media is dying.

Another local, Cai Yuan, said: “If SPH continues to deteriorate business-wise, they can always blame the ‘paper general’.”

“Quite a strategic move, in fact.”



The Straits Times wins big, bags 11 out of 19 awards at Singapore Press Holdings’ annual awards

The Straits Times wins big, bags 11 out of 19 awards at Singapore Press Holdings’ annual awards

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It is tough competing against themselves every year.


The Straits Times won big this year again at the Singapore Press Holdings’ annual awards.

This after the English broadsheet bagged 11 out of 19 awards.

One of ST’s most popular reporter, Xia Ang Moh, said he is heartened that his organisation has come out tops again but also recognises the difficulties of being number one: “You know what’s harder than being in a two-horse race? Being in a one-horse race.”

“Competing against yourself, and winning credibly year after year, is a difficult process.”

When asked if there are plans to be the biggest winner of awards for an English broadsheet again next year, Xia said: “We’ll try.”

“Nothing’s guaranteed yet. If we have to do it again, we will,” he said, looking a little sheepish.

ST’s big win comes in the midst of news that MediaCorp is retrenching staff, proving yet again that MediaCorp should be like Singapore Press Holdings.

Or both companies can merge into one giant behemoth entity so that it can live up to the monopoly status.


MediaCorp should be more like Singapore Press Holdings:

MediaCorp could close down by October 2015 if 3 artistes continue to quit per month

The Straits Times in no danger of being attacked, have not pushed boundaries with reporting in years

The Straits Times in no danger of being attacked, have not pushed boundaries with reporting in years

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Lack of free press ensures lives saved.


In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, security of newsrooms throughout the world have been spruced up to protect journalists who might otherwise become targets of violence by extremists who view the written word as a profane threat.

However, no extra security measures will be taken to ensure the Singapore Press Holdings building in Toa Payoh — the only building to house scores of reporters in Singapore as a result of monopolistic behaviour and a lack of a free press — to deter any attacks.

A police spokesperson, Zuo Jing Char, said: “We will not be securing the Singapore Press Holdings building in Toa Payoh with additional police presence. There appears to be no immediate threat or danger to the reporters there as there hasn’t been much pushing of boundaries in years in terms of reporting.”

“I doubt any radicals, be they religious, secular, public or governmental, will go through all that hassle to storm the premises and unleash their fury on reporters, who don’t even pose a threat as they haven’t been as questioning or hard-hitting as reporters elsewhere in the world.”

Staff of SPH have also said they do not feel threatened given the current climate of fear overseas in newsrooms.

Jin Ham Ji, a reporter said: “I doubt anybody wants to kill me. I have not exercised my freedom of speech in years. I spend my days rewriting press releases and attending government events and quoting civil service spokespeople.”

Locals also said that violence against members of the press in Singapore will definitely be overlooked because there is no point picking on the meek in the first place.

Jin Guai Lan, a local said: “This lack of a free press is really a blessing in disguise. It has helped save countless reporters’ lives through a lack of free expression.”


Why Singapore’s press is not a threat to anyone:

Woman faints to unite Singapore

Straits Times causes ‘PAP’ to become a vulgar word

Straits Times is not the gold standard in journalism. It’s platinum.






S’poreans sign petition to close down the Media Development Authority of S’pore

S’poreans sign petition to close down the Media Development Authority of S’pore

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This after they find MDA useless as they rejected petition by Singaporeans to close down STOMP.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who enjoy being galvanised around a cause, have started a new online petition.

The new petition is to call for the Media Development Authority to be closed down for good.

This after a petition last week to close down voyeurism site STOMP collected more than 22,000 signatures, but the MDA said they were helpless in acting on behalf of Singaporeans.

One local, Mei You Yong, said: “So if the MDA cannot act on the citizens’ behalf to take action, then what use is it good for? Whole day only can sit around and make recommendations.”

“This kind of job quite easy to do. Give suggestions only. No need to act on them. I also want.”

However, another Singaporean said closing down MDA might not be good for everyone.

Jiak Liao Bee, another local, said: “I think having MDA around is good. It is a good reminder that these are the people I should never aspire to become in this life.”

“If I ever did, I should commit suicide.”

Singapore Press Holdings going into food business after news revenue tanks

Singapore Press Holdings going into food business after news revenue tanks

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Reporters could double as burger flippers, popiah rollers.


Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore’s largest only press holdings, is losing money so badly, many analysts are saying it is bleeding from its anus.

To ensure lesser people get retrenched, the company is contemplating going into the food business after revenue from news dropped like grapes.

Tak Poh Zhuar, head of SPH business development said: “News production and food production share many similarities. We need to make it fast, it has to be delivered in the most efficient way to the masses and people shouldn’t die consuming it.”

He also elaborated on the main problems with news and its producers in Singapore: “There is a lot of dead weight, basically. As investigative reporting is frowned upon, news gathering does not maximise the output of the reporters.”

“The times they spend rewriting press releases could, therefore, be better spent assembling a popiah to be sold at a mobile canteen for real money, for example.”





S’pore press ranked at a high of 150th position

S’pore press ranked at a high of 150th position

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Freedom In The World 2012 report lends credibility to local press.

Obama’s photo four years ago in 2008! Damn, he has aged!

Good news: Singapore has been ranked number 150 out of 197 countries by Freedom In The World 2012 rankings for its press freedom — or lack of.

Freedom In The World ranking is by Freedom House, an organisation think-tank kind of thing that comes up with annual lists and puts stuff in numerical order.

And there appears to be a lot to cheer about. Because New Nation is part of what everyone calls “the press” too.

This high ranking is primarily an endorsement of The Straits Times, the only national broadsheet in English that carries a lot of printed advertisements selling condominiums.

Once in a while, they find some space to hold news articles.

And it is due to the efforts of Warren Fernandez, the brain child behind ST.

He is also recently behind the idea of auctioning off a free Volkswagen car that Singapore Press Holdings received as sponsorship and used the money to purchase copies of ST for poor families because free newspapers is what poor people need.

So generous.

ST is also responsible for Singapolitics, a website that is dedicated to challenging The Online Citizen’s foothold on the Interweb.

It is a website about politics but remains largely uncritical of the PAP. Hmmmm how quaint.

Less but not least, Singapore’s highly ranked press has its reporters to thank.

They are encouraged to write stories accurately, such as the $7,000-a-month cab driver article, which promotes goodwill and a fair and balanced view of the world.

Get rich quick: SPH demands Adam Khoo cough up $12,000

Get rich quick: SPH demands Adam Khoo cough up $12,000

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Adam Khoo tells SPH to STFU, GTFO. Sort of.

Adam Khoo, the master who teaches people without any discernible talent how to make money, has been told by Singapore Press Holdings to pay up $12,000 for putting up their newspaper articles online.

The last known victim of SPH’s extortion was former DJ Daniel Ong and his Twelve Cupcakes business in July this year. SPH wanted $3,000 from Dan The Man for reproducing articles belonging to them.

In retaliation, Adam Khoo is erm… we are not sure how he is fighting back. But he is angrily going to take down the online articles. Without apologies, you hear!

Here is Adam Khoo’s Facebook status:

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has served me a notice that they want to charge me $12,000+ for putting all the news paper articles about myself on the Internet (Over 24+). Over the last 15 years, I have been interviewed many times by the Straits Times, Sunday Times, The New Paper, Lianhe Zaobao, Young Parents, Teenage Magazine, Berita Harian, Streats etc… on my personal and business success.

It’s funny how once you become very rich, everybody wants to find a way to take a piece of it. That’s fine with me. The thing is that as a matter of principle, I refuse to pay for articles that were written about me. I did not charge them royalties for my interviews, so why should I pay royalties for featuring my own stories.

This is not to mention the fact that I already spend almost $1 million advertising on the local media, of which SPH is a huge beneficiary.

So as of today, I am taking down all press articles that have been published by SPH.

How we feel about this news:

The Straits Times dabbling in irony?

The Straits Times dabbling in irony?

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New strategy to boost falling newspaper readership?

In an interesting twist of events, it appears that Singapore’s favourite leading broadsheet, The Straits Times, is pulling out all the stops to reverse the trend of falling newspaper readership.

These days, anyone can be forgiven for thinking that the broadsheet is getting readers to spot inconsistencies and incongruities in its reporting and headline-writing to achieve virality online.

This is one of the latest examples on May 22, 2012:

Inconsistency. We have some.

It is not known how effective this campaign will be or it has been given full approval by the news producers.

However, sources not close to the management believe this novel approach might not work too smoothly as the newspaper already has a history of being incongruous.

One such anonymous source said: “In the last five odd decades, they have already been the most inconsistent by constantly failing to report news and perspectives that truly reflect the concerns of average Singaporeans.”

This latest development has done nothing to rattle Singapore Press Holdings share prices, which closed at $3.80 a piece.

SPH claims it does not benefit directly from reposts on STOMP?

SPH claims it does not benefit directly from reposts on STOMP?

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What incessant rubbish.

Here’s the story so far: Singapore Press Holdings is planning on suing the bejesus out of Yahoo! for reproducing at least 23 of its articles without permission.

SPH also claims the infringing acts by Yahoo! were “committed for financial gain”, as reported in this Dec. 29, 2011 article by Marcus Lim, The Straits Times’ Assistant News Editor:



But Yahoo! is not taking things lying down.

In its counter suit, Yahoo! is claiming that SPH’s STOMP reproduced two of its articles and a picture without permission between Oct. 26 and 28 this year.

However, acting as if it’s all okay, SPH is going into denial mode, as they “stressed that it did not receive any financial benefit directly attributable to the alleged infringement”.



Basically, SPH is claiming that they are innocent simply because:
1. STOMP is dependent on third-party, user-generated content, so SPH cannot be blamed if third-party users want to steal stuff from elsewhere.
2. Ignorance of the origins of material published in STOMP makes a good defence.
3. It’s not really stealing if they’re supposedly not making money off it.



For everyone’s information and benefit, STOMP makes money from advertisements. This is their advertising rate card:



So, if the argument is that content found on STOMP does not belong to SPH, pray tell, then why is SPH still making all the money from advertisements found on STOMP?

Even if SPH does not “benefit directly” from the reproduction of individual copyrighted material uploaded by third-party users, don’t they at least make money off STOMP indirectly but collectively, partly because STOMP as a platform has lax standards of verifying the source of materials posted?

Ipso facto, for SPH to claim that it does not “benefit directly” even though they have a financial interest in seeing STOMP aggregate eyeballs to up page views and derive more ad dollars eventually:


In other news, SPH has a knack for stealing stuff online: SPH stole from Red Sports, an online sports news outfit.

Singapore Press Holdings draws first blood

Singapore Press Holdings draws first blood

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Evidence of plagiarism claims gets airing in court of public opinion to swing tide against Yahoo!.

With the law suit yet to be fought in the court of law, guess what Singapore Press Holdings did?

They have taken the initiative by presenting its case against Yahoo! for copyright infringement to the court of public opinion.

Previously, a month ago, SPH had claimed that 23 articles from its newspapers were allegedly reproduced substantially on Yahoo! Southeast Asia’s websites over a 12-month period.

But no details regarding the exact articles were revealed, except that they included political and crime stories that were first published in the print editions of the Straits Times, The New Paper and My Paper.

However, on Wednesday, SPH up the ante by providing a side-by-side comparison of one such article it deemed Yahoo! had plagiarised.

Not only that, SPH also issued a statement saying Yahoo! had obtained a ‘free ride’ by reproducing its news content on its website without the company’s permission.

SPH also refuted counter-claims by Yahoo! that its full-of-shit, monkey-assed website Stomp had breached any copyright for reposting two Yahoo! articles between Oct. 26 and 28 this year.

SPH’s supposedly clever defence? They are claiming ignorance as they had no knowledge that Yahoo!’s articles were being posted in Stomp by third parties.

Stomp, you see, is primarily operated by faceless impotent voyeurs and relies on nincompoop-generated content.

Below is the side-by-side comparison of the report published in The Straits Times on Feb 1 this year, under the headline ‘Drink driving ‘obituary’ gets run down’, as well as the version published by Yahoo! Singapore the same day, with the headline ‘Drink driving ad receives flak for being ‘too obvious”.

Perhaps with Yahoo!’s counter-claims threatening to derail SPH’s case, the traditional media company is going on the offensive by getting the public to see things from their point-of-view – like how they got the public to gain a perspective of T.T. Durai and the National Kidney Foundation in July 2005 through their reporting.