|Once you're here: The Media|
Those who have heard horror stories of media controls and censorship in Singapore may be surprised to know that the island is well-exposed to information from around the world and is set to become a media, information and communications hub for the region.
There are eight local newspapers with a combined circulation of 1 million: the Straits Times, the Business Times and the New Paper (English); Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News (Chinese); Berita Harian (Malay); and Tamil Murasu (Tamil). All dailies bring out Sunday editions, except the Business Times and the New Paper. All the local newspapers are owned and printed by the Singapore Press Holdings, and are available from most shops, news stands and roadside vendors. Most of the local newspapers have also gone online at the AsiaOne web site.
The three English papers retail at prices ranging from 60 to 85 cents.
For subscriptions, contact:
Singapore Press Holdings Newspaper Services Division
You can subscribe for a fixed period of 3, 6, 9 or 12 months. Subscriptions have to be pre-paid, and are effected in four working days. For early cancellations, you need to give seven days' advance notice. There is an administrative fee of $5 if you cancel early, and if you switch publications. Subscription rates exclude the local delivery fee, which is payable to the news vendor monthly, if applicable.If your newspapers do not arrive, contact SPH Customer Service at 6749-2577.
Estimates for 1996 put the number of foreign publications, journals and magazines at 4,000. Those that have set up bureaus in Singapore include: Asahi Shimbun, Asia Inc, Asia Times, Asian Wall Street Journal, Asiaweek, Handelsblatt, International Herald Tribune, Nihon Keizai Shimbun and South China Morning Post.
Some contact numbers for subscription queries:
Most bookshops and news stands will carry a good spread of magazines, journals and periodicals--from newsy items like Asiaweek, Forbes, National Geographic, Newsweek, Reader's Digest and US News & World Reports, to more glossy offerings like Esquire, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Women's Weekly.If you're in the Holland Village area, a popular magazine pick-up point among expats and locals is the news stand at the front corner of the Holland Road Shopping Centre, opposite the Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet.
There are two local television stations: the Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS) and Television Twelve (TV12).TCS runs channels 5 and 8, both 24-hour channels, reaching out to more than 90 per cent of the population.In March 1999, a third 24-hour news channel, Channel News Asia, was added to cater specifically to current affairs.
Private satellite dishes are not allowed in Singapore. The international satellite broadcasters based in Singapore (including ABN, Discovery Asia, ESPN, HBO, MTV and Walt Disney) are only using Singapore as an uplink station to beam to other markets and to local households via cable.
Radio is quite big in Singapore. There are four stations: the Radio Corporation of Singapore (RCS), NTUC Radio Heart, SAFRA Radio and Rediffusion, offering a spread of 19 channels. Popular English channels are Class 95 FM, Power 98 FM, Perfect 10 98.7 FM, and One FM 90.5. The BBC World Service is available on FM 88.9. You can also tune in to Voice of America, Radio Japan, Radio Moscow and Radio Beijing on shortwave.
Radio and TV licences
You will need to get radio and TV licences from the Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA) if you install any broadcasting equipment in your home, vehicle, ship or aircraft. It is an offence to operate broadcasting equipment without a valid licence and the penalty is $200. The licence fee structure is as follows:
You can apply for a licence at any post office by cash or crossed cheque payable to Singapore Post Private Limited.
You can get a refund if:
For queries on licensing matters, contact:
Cable TV is managed by Singapore Cable Vision (SCV). There are more than 30 channels offering an infotainment smorgasbord of news, documentaries, sports, movies and cartoons, including the offerings of satellite networks. SCV has begun wiring up the island, and all households in public housing estates are expected to be wired by end-1998.
For queries on cable TV, contact:
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