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SPH picked as YOG's Host News Agency (ST)

BackMay 20, 2010

SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) will be showcasing its photographic and editorial capabilities to the world at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

This follows its appointment as the inaugural Games' Host News Agency by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday.

The arrangement will ensure a high-quality pictorial and editorial account of the Aug14-26 Games.

Registered media from around the world will be able to download the high-resolution images and editorial content at www.singapore2010.sg, the Games' official website, for use in their publications.

Said Kevan Gosper, chairman of the IOC Press Commission: 'This is an important appointment and SPH will play an important role in the overall success of the Games by offering professional news-agency style text and photographic coverage of the Games for a worldwide audience.

'We look forward to working with them.'

Commenting on the significance of the appointment, Patrick Daniel, SPH's editor-in-chief of English and Malay newspapers, said: 'As Singapore's dominant media group, we have to play our part to bring the YOG to the world.

'It is also an excellent opportunity for our photographers and journalists to showcase their capabilities and deliver high-quality pictures and stories for use by the world media.'

To bring the best of the Games to the world, SPH will be deploying an army of 40 photographers drawn from its English and Chinese newspapers, as well as contract photographers.

Starting from the pre-Games period in July, captured moments of the Singapore leg of the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, selected sports competitions, and the Culture and Education Programme activities will be made available to registered media.

A separate legion of reporters drawn from its nine newspapers will also be at the Games to detail the actions, emotions and accomplishments of the athletes for the world to share.