SPH biggest winner at media awards (ST)

BackAug 06, 2010

SINGAPORE Press Holdings has emerged as the biggest winner at an Asian media competition by bagging seven awards, including two for The Straits Times.

The media group's haul at the 9th IFRA Asia Media Awards comprised a gold award, five silvers and a bronze in categories ranging from print quality to best design.

The Straits Times clinched a silver in the front-page design category, which recognises excellence in overall design, originality, content and how design is used to project content.

Its other coup was a silver award in the Special Coverage Award - Newspaper Special Section category, won by its weekly magazine Mind Your Body for its 'Health and You' supplement.

The awards, presented on Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur, aim to promote high publishing standards among Asian and Middle-Eastern publications.

Malay-language daily Berita Harian was another SPH publication which shone. It bagged a gold for Best in Print in the category for newspapers with circulations of below 150,000.

ZbBz, a monthly magazine by SPH's Chinese Newspapers Division, won a bronze in the Special Coverage Award - Magazine Special Issue category, while The New Paper won a silver for newspaper infographics.

Bilingual free sheet my paper took a silver in the newspaper overall design category.

The seventh win was scored by SPH Magazines' Home and Decor, which won a silver in the magazine overall design category.

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post Publishers, with its total of six awards, came in second among publishers.

SPH chief executive Alan Chan said: 'SPH takes great pride in its publications. We ensure that our newspapers and magazines consistently give the best quality and value to our readers and advertisers.

'These awards are an acknowledgement of our commitment to excellence by fellow industry professionals. This can happen only with the dedication, hard work and creativity of our staff.'