SPH editor on independent news outlets in Singapore: there’s a market for stories that are not fact-checked

Patrick Daniel talking at the World Association of Newspapers conference in Hong Kong today

Patrick Daniel at the WAN-IFRA event in Hong Kong

Patrick Daniel, the editor-in-chief of English and Malay newspapers for the Straits Times publisher Singapore Press Holdings, said yesterday that while independent news sites in Singapore “have their audience”, they serve people who are less interested in credible news.

“If you [independent news sites in Singapore] want to bash out a story without checking facts, there is a market for that. But that’s not our market,” he told Mumbrella at the World Association of Newspapers conference yesterday.

“They have their audience and we have ours. All power to them,” he said. ”We have our audience to serve, and we have to do as good a job as we can.” Read more »

SPH chief editor: if we don’t learn from the mistakes of others, we will fall off a cliff

A slide on Singapore's revenue vs GDP

A slide on SPH’s newpaper revenue vs other countries, presented at the WAN-IFRA conference yesterday [click to enlarge]

A senior editor at Singapore Press Holdings, the publisher of the Straits Times, has said that the company must learn from the mistakes of publishers in markets such as the US and the UK if it is to avoid going over the “tipping point” of circulation and revenue decline.

The publisher’s editor-in-chief for English and Malay newspapers Patrick Daniel told Mumbrella at the World Association of Newspapers conference in Hong Kong yesterday that the reason his counterparts overseas “tipped over” is because “they didn’t do much about it”.

“If we do nothing, the tipping point will come – or we will find that we’re past it. But now we’ve had the experience [of decline], the challenge is what steps do we take,” he told Mumbrella. Read more »

Singapore Press Holdings to review STOMP following petition to close ‘public shaming’ site

Patrick Daniel talking at the World Association of Newspapers conference in Hong Kong today

Patrick Daniel at the World Association of Newspapers conference in Hong Kong today

Singapore Press Holdings is to undertake a review of its citizen journalism website STOMP in the wake of a popular campaign to close the site down, Mumbrella can reveal.

Talking to Mumbrella at the World Association of Newspapers conference in Hong Kong today, Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of SPH’s English and Malay newspapers, said the company would be reviewing the site to see what needed to be changed.

The campaign to close the site, which launched on 7 April, has attracted 23,160 signatures on Change.org at the time of writing.

The campaign, instigated by a young Singaporean retail executive, has attracted international media attention, with Al Jazeera’s Washington bureau running an internet program on what it described as a “public shaming” site. SPH declined to be on the show.

STOMP has been accused of promoting cyberbullying, racial intolerance and the invasion of privacy, particularly on public transport.

Despite reports to the contrary, Daniel told Mumbrella that the campaign had had an impact on the publisher.

“I can’t say that it [the anti-STOMP campaign] doesn’t have impact on us. We will have to review it. After all, we serve an audience,” he said this afternoon. Read more »

Host Singapore lands first win of 2014 – BiC Lighters and Pens

The Singapore office of Host has recorded its first new business win of 2014, taking on regional advertising duties for BiC Lighters and Pens.

The win is the first since the Australian agency, which opened in the city-state in January 2013, moved its Singapore team into the offices of Havas Worldwide, its Havas sibling, at the start of this year. Read more »

Newspaper industry boss appeals to Hong Kong CEO CY Leung to protect media freedom

CY Leung

Hong Kong CEO CY Leung addresses the newspaper industry

In a tense opening speech at an industry event in Hong Kong this morning, the head of newspaper body WAN-IFRA directly appealed to the premier of Hong Kong to protect press freedom in the territory.

Standing a few metres away from Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying, WAN-IFRA president Tomas Brunegard highlighted the stabbing of sacked Ming Pau editor Kevin Lau in February as evidence that media freedom was under threat in the city.

“We urge the authorities to pursue justice for Kevin Lau and send a clear message of support to journalists in Hong Kong,” he said.  Read more »


McDonald’s takes on societal issues in China with ‘It’s good to get together’ campaign

McDonald’s is taking on societal issues in China with a series of commercials with themes on migration, the future for children and the cultural preoccupation with achievement. The agency behind the campaign was TBWA. Read more »

The future of media trading to be debated at Mumbrella360

Mumbrella360The future of media trading in Asia is to be debated at Mumbrella’s annual conference in Sydney in June.

The heads of three of Asia’s leading agency trading desks are to lock horns on the opportunities and challenges for programmatic trading for media agencies, whether clients will take automatic trading operations inhouse, and the sticky issue of arbitrage. Read more »

Hong Kong journalists and the public gloomy on press freedom, survey finds

Press freedom in Hong Kong discussed on Pearl

Ken Lui, convenor, Hong Kong Journalists Association on Pearl tonight

A study of the views of journalists and the general public in Hong Kong conducted before the stabbing of a newspaper editor and the sacking of an outspoken radio broadcaster paint a bleak picture of press freedom in the territory.

The first Hong Kong Press Freedom Index, published by the Hong Kong Journalists Association, found that Hongkongers have a negative perception of press freedom in their city, and journalists are even gloomier. Read more »

MediaCorp a ‘rusting ship in a tropical storm’ as more senior executives depart

MediaCorpThe exit of a number of senior executives from Singapore publisher and broadcaster MediaCorp reflects a company struggling to cope with major structural changes to the media industry, a former executive has suggested.

Head of strategic marketing Patrick Yong and interactive media MD Philip Koh are to leave the company it emerged today, within a month of other high profile departures. Those roles are not to be replaced, MediaCorp has confirmed.

A former staffer told Mumbrella that the exits reflect serious issues at play for the publisher of TODAY newspaper and the country’s main terrestrial TV channels, including an unrealistic corporate mission and a struggle to keep up with industry change. Read more »

Aussie healthcare agency H&T launches Korea operation through partnership with FCB

H&TAustralian healthcare marketing agency H&T has opened for business in South Korea.

The Seoul office of H&T, which is part of Healthy Thinking Group, will be based in Gangnam-Gu and starts out with 15 staff through a local partnership with FCB.

Andrew Crombie, MD of H&T Asia, told Mumbrella: Read more »