03 August 2015

Singapore, 3 August 2015 --- The Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) will produce an 8-episode talk show programme called "Ministerial Coffee Talk".

The programme will be aired on SPH's media platforms including radio and online, as well as on StarHub TV. StarHub is SPH's Broadcast Partner for the programme.

Hosted by UFM100.3 DJ Mr Wong Woon Hong, each 30-minute episode will feature a Minister addressing issues which concern Singaporeans such as health, housing and transportation.

Joining the Minister on the talk show will be Mr Chua Chim Kang, Managing Editor of Chinese Media Group, SPH; Mr Samuel Ng, CEO of Montfort Care, and a reporter from Lianhe Zaobao. The Minister will discuss and reply to questions gathered from newspaper readers and radio listeners.

The first episode on 4 August will feature Dr Lam Pin Min, Minister of State, Ministry of Health. He will speak on the healthcare topic "Will MediShield Life put people at ease?".

"Ministerial Coffee Talk" will be broadcast "live" online every Tuesday and Friday at 8:30am, from 4 to 28 August 2015 on zaobao.sg, wanbao.sg and omy.sg. 

It will also air on E City (StarHub TV CH111/825) at the same times on Tuesdays and Fridays, with repeat telecasts at 9.30pm. “Ministerial Coffee Talk" will also be available on StarHub’s TV Anywhere Internet TV service, and Video On Demand.

It will be edited into shorter episodes for radio and will be broadcast on UFM100.3 between 7 and 8pm on Tuesdays, and between 8.30am and 9.30am on Fridays.

Other ministers who are scheduled to appear on the programme in subsequent episodes include Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of National Development and Ms Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport.

Mr Anthony Tan, Executive Vice President of SPH's Chinese Media Group, said: "Through our partnership with StarHub, the Chinese Media Group of SPH is confident that it can bring the best Chinese news and current affairs content to Singaporeans anytime, anywhere via TV, print, radio and digital platforms. We look forward to deepening our partnership with StarHub in the coming months to meet the needs of our advertisers and audiences."

Ms Jeannie Ong, Chief Strategic Partnership Officer, StarHub, said: “Both StarHub and SPH are leaders in the Singapore media scene, and there is truly synergy in the complementary strengths that we will each bring to this partnership. StarHub has an established TV platform with extensive reach, while SPH is strong in news and content creation. The ‘Ministerial Coffee Talk’ is a great start to our collaboration, and without a doubt, the SPH Chinese Media Group has its pulse on the hot topics that matter to Singaporeans. We are certainly looking forward to working closely with SPH to deliver more quality content that are close to the hearts of local viewers.”