SPH makes key changes in Chinese Media Group

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

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) announced several key appointments to its Chinese Media Group (CMG) yesterday.

Ms Lee Huay Leng will head CMG from Dec 1, SPH said in a statement. Ms Lee, 45, is now 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 Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News, as well as 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 and Mr Goh Sin Teck, 53, Lianhe Zaobao's editor, will report to Mr Anthony Tan, 43, SPH's deputy chief executive officer.

Mr Tan said that Ms Lee, who has more than 20 years of newsroom experience, is in "good stead to lead CMG in navigating challenges and seizing growth opportunities ahead".

Ms Lee said: "The path ahead is not easy, (but) my team will forge ahead with confidence and devote our best as we journey together."

She added: "Understanding the workflow, resource allocation and mindsets of the newsroom helps me appreciate our strengths and gaps better when we connect and serve both our print and digital readers." She said her focus would be to develop talent for CMG.

Mr Chua Chim Kang, 50, managing editor of CMG, will become Lianhe Wanbao's editor on Dec 1. He will also take up the role of managing editor (Chinese Radio).

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

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

From Oct 12, Ms Chee Li Foong, 47, will be head of Chinese, Malay and Tamil Titles of SPH's Integrated Marketing Division, which aims to provide better integrated marketing solutions to advertisers and partners across the media group's vernacular titles.

Ms Chee will concurrently be head of CMG Content Studio.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2016, with the headline 'SPH makes key changes in Chinese Media Group'. Print Edition | Subscribe