Senior journalist appointed head of SPH's Chinese Media Group

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has appointed senior journalist Lee Huay Leng as Head of Chinese Media Group (CMG) from Dec 1, the group announced in a statement today.

Ms Lee, currently Editor of Lianhe Wanbao and Senior Vice President (New Growth) of Lianhe Zaobao, will oversee the commercial and operational aspects of CMG, which publishes three Chinese newspapers in print and digital format - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News.

The group also publishes four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZBBZ Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly.

Ms Lee, working alongside Mr Goh Sin Teck, Editor of SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao, will report to SPH's Deputy CEO, Mr Anthony Tan.

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."

On her appointment, Ms Lee said: "I am 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, currently Managing Editor of CMG, will take over as Editor of Lianhe Wanbao on Dec 1. He will also be appointed Managing Editor (Chinese Radio) to help grow the Chinese radio station UFM100.3 together with General Manager of SPH Radio, Mr Sim Hong Huat.

SPH statement today also announced that the Cultural Industry Promotion Department (CIP) of CMG will be renamed Culture, Education and New Growth. It will be responsible for developing areas such as publishing, culture events and education.

The unit will be helmed by Ms Loh Woon Yen, currently Deputy Digital Editor of CMG. She will be appointed VP, Culture, Education and New Growth. Ms Ang Yiting, currently the Digital Content Editor of CMG, will take over her position.

To offer better integrated marketing solutions to advertisers and partners across the multiple platforms of SPH's vernacular titles, Ms Chee Li Foong will be appointed Head of Chinese, Malay and Tamil Titles of SPH's Integrated Marketing Division from Oct 12. Ms Chee will concurrently be Head, CMG Content Studio in the Chinese Media Group.

chenj@sph.com.sg