Roundup feature of Singapore's media scene 2022

Roundup feature of Singapore's media scene 2022

To round up 2022, Telum Media’s Singapore team sifted through this year’s newsletter updates and picked out some of our best content. These include journalist movements, media updates, and some of our most popular interviews.

Major journalist appointments

SPH Media saw some high-profile leadership changes, particularly at The Straits Times (ST) and The Business Times (BT). Warren Fernandez left ST for Edelman, where he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the firm’s Asia Pacific region. Jaime Ho replaced him as ST’s Editor, Wong Wei Kong took over as Editor-in-Chief for SPH’s English / Malay / Tamil Media (EMTM) Group and Chen Huifen stepped up as BT’s Editor.

Meanwhile, Ignatius Low was appointed Editor-in-Chief of SPH’s Lifestyle and Entertainment Media arm, and AsiaOne’s Head of Content Tan Thiam Peng took on a concurrent appointment as Executive Editor.

Other new appointments include:
Lin Suling, who now helms ST’s Insight team
Loh Chee Kong, Chief Editor for CNA Digital News and TODAY
Andrea Tan, Bloomberg's Singapore Bureau Chief
Lina Batarags, Insider (Singapore)’s Bureau Chief
Alvin Wong, Robb Report Singapore’s Editor-in-Chief

Prominent media updates

BT launched Thrive, a new young audience initiative that covers career, money and life topics. This includes a weekly email newsletter featuring advice on topics ranging from investing and housing to balancing career and well-being. In addition, BT now has a new team dedicated to covering environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues.

2022 was also a busy year for CNA. Not only did they unveil a series of fresh podcasts, the news giant also relaunched some shows. The podcasts that were newly launched include CNA Correspondent, Page Turners, Money Talks and Work It.

On the other hand, Heart of the Matter and The Climate Conversations returned for a third season.

Media outlets are also focusing on strengthening their digital presence, as seen from Berita Harian revamping their app, Financial Times launching a new app and SilverKris.com revamping their website.

New year, new titles

Several new publications were launched this year. One of them is a+, a Summer Palette Media publication, which aims to have in-depth reportage on the latest in luxury and produce impactful interviews with personalities making a difference in business and the world at large.

Another is Jom, a weekly digital magazine covering arts, culture, politics, business, technology and more. The magazine caters to people who are interested in Singapore, who enjoy good prose and are eager to engage with alternative views.

Lastly, Grab Singapore relaunched food site HungryGoWhere and its accompanying social media channels. Other than offering reviews and recommendations, the portal spotlights up-and-coming personalities and uncovers the origins of popular foods.

Telum 'Talked' To…

We featured some prominent journalists in our Telum Talks To interview series.

Among them was Reta Lee, Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo Singapore, who discussed the inspiration behind her new book, The Stories Women Journalists Tell - a collection of essays by 22 women journalists across Asia Pacific.

We also sat down with Jean Iau, SPH’s Young Journalist of the Year, who shared how she approaches newsmakers sensitively and copes with second-hand grief when covering crime stories for ST.

With the gradual return of travel, Monica Pitrelli, Editor of CNBC Travel, gave us a lowdown on her upcoming content plans, travel trends to expect and lifestyle trends for affluent business readers.

Asaph Low Yi Hao, Managing Editor of Men’s Folio Singapore, also shared their plans on incorporating the metaverse into their magazine, as part of their 25th anniversary, and what changes readers can expect in the coming year.

With 2022 coming to an end, what is your key takeaway this year? It has been a blast for Telum Media, and we look forward to bringing you more media industry updates next year.

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