The Kasturi and Sons Ltd-controlled English daily, The Hindu, is in talks with Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) to bring out an exclusive English supplement along with Singapore’s Tamil daily, Tamil Murasu. The supplement will carry news and other content related to India that will be generated by The Hindu.
Highly placed sources in The Hindu confirmed that they were in talks with SPH. They said that if the deal was struck, The Hindu’s reports will be a part of the Tamil Murasu. The Tamil daily has already been bringing out a one-page supplement in English on news from India. Sources in Singapore say that the talks are on for an eight-page supplement. K Venugopal, Executive Editor, The Hindu, is currently there for the negotiations. N Ram, Editor-in-Chief, also made a visit recently, it is learnt.
SPH’s website notes that Tamil Murasu is Singapore’s only Tamil language newspaper. The paper has been in print since 1935. It is seen as an important information source for the Indian community with its coverage of wide-ranging news, from current affairs to local and foreign news as well as the latest in sports and entertainment.
Its strength is in its coverage of news on the Indian community in the region and the sub-continent. “The newspaper has established itself as a voice for the Tamil-speaking community in Singapore,” the SPH website boasts. According to SPH, the average daily circulation of Tamil Murasu is 7,928 on weekdays and 15,119 on Sunday for the month of August 2003.
SPH, apart from Tamil Murasu, is also the publisher of 14 other publications, including The Straits Times, The Sunday Times, The Business Times and The New Paper.
SPH is the leading newspaper publisher in Singapore, with sophisticated printing facilities. The group is licensed to publish 14 newspapers in the four official languages and six periodicals.
According to the SPH website, the group newspapers reach 2.78 million individuals, or 90 per cent of persons above 15-years-old. The group’s net profit for the financial year ended August 31, 2003, was S$378.7 million, on an operating revenue of S$897.8 million.