SPH awarded tender for two new radio stations

The Singapore Press Holdings Radio (SPH Radio) has been awarded the tender for two radio frequencies – FM89.3 and FM96.3, which will be two new commercial free-to-air radio stations.

SPH office building. Photo courtesy: fivestarsandamoon.com
SPH office building. Photo courtesy: fivestarsandamoon.com

One of them will be a Chinese radio station catering to seniors above the age of 50. The station aims to support active ageing by providing seniors with lifestyle information covering health, wellness and retirement planning. It will also feature Chinese pop and “xin yao” entertainment music from the 80s and 90s. (Xin yao refers to a genre of folk songs unique to Singapore, which was part of a campus music movement back in the 1980s.)

Xinyao singer-songwriter Eric Moo. Photo courtesy: asiaone
Xinyao singer-songwriter Eric Moo. Photo courtesy: asiaone

The second station is aimed at raising financial literacy of listeners. It will be an English channel, looking to educate  Professionals, Managers, Executives and Businessmen (PMEB), financial market participants as well as the general public on money matters.

Its programming will comprise of locally-produced bulletins and features that focus on market news updates, financial education, insurance planning, and CPF-related discussions. It will also cover a range of other topics ranging from dining, travel, health and career opportunities.

The two new stations by SPH Radio are expected to be launched this year 2017. This will bring the total number of local FM stations to 20. 

Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.


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