SPH has tough job in challenging media environment: PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong trying his hand at being a DJ at the Kiss92 studio on Dec 7, 2017, under the watchful eyes of DJs Carol Smith and Charmaine Yee. PHOTO: MCI
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong trying his hand at being a DJ at the Kiss92 studio on Dec 7, 2017, under the watchful eyes of DJs Carol Smith and Charmaine Yee. PHOTO: MCI

SINGAPORE - In this challenging media environment, with falling revenues, digital disruption, and fake news, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has a tough job to do, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

"But I am confident that SPH news outlets will continue to deliver reliable news and relevant content to the public," he said in a Facebook post after he visited the media company's News Centre at Toa Payoh North on Thursday (Dec 7). 

Mr Lee toured radio studios as well as the various newsrooms at SPH.

He also tried his hand at deejaying during his visit.

“DJs have a demanding job – they have to track four different screens, and do many tasks simultaneously, to keep the show running smoothly,” he wrote in his post.

During his tour of The Straits Times newsroom, PM Lee was shown recent videos, including a video on Changi Airport's Terminal 5, and interactive projects produced by the team. 

He was also briefed on NewsEd, a new education portal developed by ST. Launched in August, the portal aims to give students a way to engage with news. It features learning activities, and students can respond to assignments in real time using text, videos and photos. It is accessible from desktop browsers as well as Apple and Android mobile devices.

PM Lee wrote: "SPH launched its NewsEd education portal in August this year. It allows educators to use current affairs as an education tool, and inculcate essential values and skills. 

"I am glad that 16 schools have already expressed interest in using the portal."