SPH announces key appointment changes in Chinese Media Group

Ms Lee Huay Leng will be the head of SPH's Chinese Media Group (CMG) from Dec 1, 2016.
Ms Lee Huay Leng will be the head of SPH's Chinese Media Group (CMG) from Dec 1, 2016. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) announced on Friday (Sept 30) several key appointments in its Chinese Media Group (CMG).

The media company has made Ms Lee Huay Leng the head of its Chinese Media Group (CMG). Her appointment will take effect from Dec 1, SPH said in a statement.

Ms Lee, 45, is currently editor of evening paper Lianhe Wanbao and senior vice-president (new growth) of Lianhe Zaobao, SPH's Chinese flagship paper.

In her new role, she will oversee the commercial and operational aspects of CMG, which publishes the three Chinese newspapers in print and digital format - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News. The group also publishes four student weeklies including zbCOMMA and Thumbs Up Junior.

It also operates UFM100.3, SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly.

Ms Lee, along with Mr Goh Sin Teck, 53, editor of Lianhe Zaobao, will report to Mr Anthony Tan, 43, SPH's deputy chief executive officer.

In the statement, Mr Tan said: "Huay Leng has more than 20 years of experience in the newsroom. Her varied experience and deep knowledge of the news media put her in a good stead to lead CMG in navigating challenges and seizing growth opportunities ahead."

Ms Lee said she is "humbled by the honour of being tasked to lead CMG in these trying times".

"Whilst we are clear that the path ahead is not easy, my team will forge ahead with confidence and devote our best as we journey together."

Mr Chua Chim Kang, 50, currently managing editor of CMG, will take over Ms Lee as Lianhe Wanbao's editor on Dec 1. He will also take up the role of managing editor (Chinese Radio) to help grow UFM100.3, alongside Mr Sim Hong Huat, 47, SPH Radio's general manager.

Meanwhile, the Cultural Industry Promotion Department, which is part of CMG, will be renamed Culture, Education and New Growth. This unit, to be helmed from Dec 1 by Ms Loh Woon Yen, 40, who is currently deputy digital editor of CMG, will develop areas including publishing, culture events and education.

Ms Ang Yiting, 35, who is now CMG's digital content editor, will take over Ms Loh's current position.

SPH also said that Ms Chee Li Foong, 47, will be appointed head of Chinese, Malay and Tamil Titles of its Integrated Marketing Division, with effect from Oct 12. This is to provide better integrated marketing solutions to advertisers and partners across the media group's vernacular titles' platforms.

Ms Chee will concurrently be head of CMG Content Studio.