|Founded||12 February 2001|
|Headquarters||Mediacorp Campus, 1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507|
|Niam Chang Meng (Chairman)|
Tham Loke Kheng (CEO)
|Subsidiaries||Mediacorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd|
Mediacorp VizPro International Pte Ltd
Singapore Media Academy
Media Research Consultants Pte Ltd
1-Net Singapore Pte Ltd
Media Corporation of Singapore Pte. Ltd. (Chinese: , abbreviated as Mediacorp) is a Singaporean commercial broadcasting conglomerate. It holds interests in radio, television and digital content creation. It runs 6 television channels and 11 radio stations, making it the largest media business in Singapore; it holds a monopoly on free-to-air television in Singapore. It is owned by Temasek Holdings, a state-owned investment arm.
Mediacorp's origins can be traced to the British Malaya Broadcasting Corporation, which was awarded a broadcasting license by the British crown in 1936 as a radio network. One year later, in 1937, the company officially opened its studios and transmitters at Caldecott Hill. The corporation was taken over by the Straits Settlement government in 1940 as a part of the British Department of Information, known back then as the Malaya Broadcasting Corporation, the local counterpart to the BBC. Radio news and information, as well as local entertainment, were aired in its stations in English (and later Mandarin and Malay). On the basis of the Radio Malaya broadcasters that moved to Kuala Lumpur in 1958, Radio Singapore took over the year after as the radio service for Singapore, organized into a station each for English, Malay and Mandarin listerers.
Shortly after Singapore reached self-government status in 1959, there were plans to obtain television transmission rights. This manifested the founding of Television Singapura in 4 April 1961. Television Singapura started test broadcasts from 21 January to 15 February 1963, when it was officially launched as the first television station in Singapore. On 3 April, Channel 5, the then new channel, began regular broadcasts. On 23 November, Channel 8 was launched and programming was split, with Channel 5 airing English and Malay programming and Channel 8 programming in Mandarin and other Chinese dialects together with Tamil.
In January 1964, Television Singapura became the state branch of the new Televisyen Malaysia from Kuala Lumpur and was subsequently rebranded as sister channel "Television Malaysia (Singapura)", while Radio Singapura's stations became part of Radio Malaysia.
After the separation of Singapore from the Malaysian federation, all of the Malaysian television and radio operations in Singapore were fused to become Radio Television Singapore (RTS), a part of the Ministry of Culture. RTS was officially dissolved in 31 January 1980 and its assets transferred to the then new Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, a statutory board under national supervision.
On 31 January 1984, SBC started broadcasting on channel 12. It also launched two radio stations: "Perfect 10" and "YES", the latter airing Mandarin music. SBC began stereo broadcasting on its television channels on 1 August 1990.
An educational programming block known as CDIS began airing on channel 12 on 4 January 1993. On 1 February of the same year, SBC celebrated its 30 years of television broadcasting. On 7 June, channel 8 expanded its airtime on weekdays, from 3:00 pm until closedown. On 1 December, SBC launched a satellite television network named Singapore International Television (SITV).
On 1 October 1994, SBC was privatised into a new holding group called the Singapore International Media Company Group (SIM), divided into three divisions: Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS), Radio Corporation of Singapore (RCS) and Singapore Television Twelve (STV12). On 1 January 1999, the Media Corporation of Singapore (MediaCorp) took over the operations of the three divisions as SITV ended operations.
Channel 8 began airing 24 hours a day on 1 September 1995. On the same day, STV12 renamed channel 12 as Prime 12, which focused on multilingual programming in Malay, Tamil, English, and foreign languages. It also launched a new channel called Premiere 12, which was centred on niche programming such as sports, arts, culture, documentaries and kids' series. Meanwhile channel 8 switched its programming to a Mandarin language-oriented one. At the same time, all Tamil programming was moved to Prime 12. Channel 5 became the second TV channel to broadcast 24 hours a day, starting from 29 September 1995.
On 1 March 1999, Mediacorp launched Channel NewsAsia (CNA) as its first dedicated news network, broadcasting as an analogue, free-to-air channel.
On 30 January 2000 Prime 12 and Premiere 12 were renamed Suria and Central, respectively. Suria became a Malay-language channel while Central was divided into three timeshared networks. SportCity, a sports channel, was also launched on the same year.
The television monopoly was broken on 6 May 2001 when Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) was given a television broadcasting licence, resulting in the founding of SPH MediaWorks. MediaWorks launched two channels: the Chinese-language Channel U and English-language TV Works, which was later renamed to Channel i. At the same time, MediaCorp was granted the license to distribute the daily tabloid Today.
However, to stop further economic losses due to competition with each other, SPH agreed to merged some ofits businesses with Mediacorp on 17 September 2004. It was legally completed on 31 December of that year, creating the new holding company MediaCorp TV Holdings, which would manage and operate the remaining channels. SPH-owned Channel I was later closed down due to low ratings.
On 1 January 2007, HD5 was launched and Channel 5 became the first DTT station in Singapore to broadcast in HD. MediaCorp also launched MOBTV, an online television service. Its radio division was forced to block users from the United States due to royalty rates imposed by the US Copyright Royalty Board.
On 19 October 2008, Central's three timeshared networks were divided into two independent channels: the kids and arts programming blocks were replaced by Okto and took over SPH Mediaworks Channel i's channel space. On the other hand, Vasantham took over the channel space left by Central.
Channel NewsAsia was relaunched on 21 January 2013, and officially broadcasts 24 hours a day with live news bulletins and breaking news throughout the night. On 30 September, Mediacorp shut down its Teletext service, whilst on 16 December, all MediaCorp free-to-air channels on DTT were upgraded to DVB-T2.
On 4 May 2015, okto started airing in HD while CNA started airing in HD on 26 May 2015.
On 8 December of that same year, Mediacorp opened its new studios, new head office, new broadcast center, new building, new media office and new headquarters new name Mediacorp Campus in 1 Stars Avenue and new logo and slogan New Visual, New Idol, New Youth, New Teen, New Light after golden charmed by Charmed-Constance M. Burge and Prime Minister of Singapore-Lee Hsien Loong.
On 1 May 2019 at midnight, Mediacorp channel Okto ceases broadcast after nearly 11 years of broadcast and was merged with another English language channel, Mediacorp Channel 5, with the frequency transferred to Infocomm Media Development Authority. The resultant channel is OktoOn5; programs for the daytime dayparting and CNA simulcast were replaced by Okto programs except Oktosports (which are reserved for Toggle's Over-the-top Content), while noontime, primetime and nighttime programs are unaffected and are used for Channel 5 programmings.
|89.7 MHz||Ria 89.7FM||Malay||Top 40 (CHR)|
|90.5 MHz||Gold 90.5FM||English||Classic hits|
|92.4 MHz||Symphony 924||English||Classical|
|93.3 MHz||Y.E.S. 93.3FM||Chinese||Top 40 (CHR)|
|93.8 MHz||CNA938||English||Talk radio|
|94.2 MHz||Warna 94.2FM||Malay||News, infotainment|
|95.0 MHz||Class 95FM||English||Adult contemporary|
|95.8 MHz||Capital 95.8FM||Chinese||Talk radio|
|96.8 MHz||Oli 96.8FM||Tamil||Infotainment|
|97.2 MHz||Love 97.2FM||Chinese||Easy listening|
|98.7 MHz||987FM||English||Top 40 (CHR)|
Mediacorp offers six channels, including vernacular channels in Singapore.
|Suria||Malay||News, culture and entertainment|
|Channel 5||English||News, culture, entertainment and children|
|Channel U||Chinese||News and entertainment|
|Channel 8||News, culture and entertainment|
|Vasantham||Tamil||News and entertainment|
|CNA||English||24 hour global news, current affairs and lifestyle|
Toggle was launched in 2013 as an OTT service. On 1 April 2015, xinmsn was closed down and merged with Toggle. Toggle is Mediacorp's digital service that redefines TV viewing, bringing Toggle Originals, catch-up content, live coverage of key national events, news, entertainment, and behind-the-scene exclusives to viewers across multiple devices - computers, tablets, smartphones, Smart TVs and Apple TVs.
In 2018, Mediacorp launched the Mediacorp Partner Network, an initiative that brings the company together with partner organisations to deliver a richer experience for consumers and advertisers. Under the MPN, Mediacorp signed agreements with industry-leading brands like:
Some of Mediacorp's flagship programmes include: