MediaCorp TV12

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MediaCorp TV12 is a subsidiary of MediaCorp. It operates the Suria, Vasantham and okto channels, which cater to specific groups in Singapore. It once operated Central. TV12 owns two subsidiaries; MediaCorp EagleVision and MediaCorp VizPro Entertainment.

Channel 12 logo before 1 February 1994

History[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (1984–1994)[edit]

MediaCorp TV12 was launched on 31 January 1984 as SBC 12 it was launched Singapore's third free-to-air terrestrial television channel, SBC after the government announced its life to nurture a gracious and elegant society. SBC 12 carried mostly art and cultural programmes marking the inception of niche programming.

On 1 January 1994 as Malay programmes were transferred to SBC 12, previously aired on SBC 5.

Singapore Television Twelve (1994–2001)[edit]

The Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) was privatised on 1 October 1994, and SBC's operations were split into 3 individual companies under the Singapore International Media (SIM Group of Companies) banner. Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS), Radio Corporation of Singapore (RCS) and Singapore Television Twelve (STV12) took over SBC's television-broadcasting operations and Radio Corporation of Singapore (RCS) took over SBC's radio-broadcasting operations.

On 27 September 1995 at midnight, TCS 5 and TCS 8 began 24-hour transmission in daily, while Malay and Tamil programmes (previously aired on TCS 5 and TCS 8, respectively) were moved to Channel 12 such as: Prime 12 (later Suria) and Premiere 12 (later Central) programming.

Singapore Television Twelve underwent an entire makeover was re-launched on 30 January 2000, MediaCorp TV12 Suria is a new Malay language channel with programming similar to MediaCorp TV Channel 5 channel replaced Prime 12 as a channel for the entertainment needs of the Malay community, while Premiere 12 became MediaCorp TV12 Central is a television channel separated into 3 sections according to the time slot given at different part of a day as

  • Kids Central (formerly known as Premiere 12) – is a children's television channel with enriching educational & animation programming.
  • Vasantham Central (formerly known as Prime 12) – is a new Tamil language channel with programming similar to MediaCorp TV Channel 8.
  • Arts Central (formerly known as Premiere 12) – is a television channel that showcases art, cultural and largely foreign award-winning productions and incorporated a significant amount of niche programming, making the channel rather distinctive compared to the others.

Previously, Tamil language programming was broadcast together with Malay languages programming in Prime 12 while Premiere 12 is an English language consists of culture & arts, documentary and children programming.

The STV12 channels did not commence 24-hours in daily of transmissions, despite rumours, while Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS) such as : TCS 5 and TCS 8 continued their 24-hours in daily of transmission with significant reform to their programming for late evenings. SportCity, is a television channel dedicated to sport programmes, was introduced by Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS) in 30 January 2000 and subsequently renamed CityTV on 20 May 2001 and introducing programmes catering to a larger range of audience, before being shut down on 11 January 2002 due to economic recession and a lack of viewership.

MediaCorp TV12 (2001–present)[edit]

The SIM Group of Companies was restructured Media Corporation of Singapore (MediaCorp Singapore) on 1 January 1999 and TCS subsequently became MediaCorp TV12 on 12 February 2001.

The idea of a new channel came in 1 January 2008 when the Parliament of Singapore decided to expand the Tamil language Vasantham Central into a standalone Tamil language channel. The result was a split of the Central channel where Kids Central, Arts Central and SPH MediaWorks Channel i became okto on the same frequency as the old SPH MediaWorks Channel i while Vasantham Central was also replaced by Vasantham still on the same frequency as the old Central channel. It also show Kids movies (OKTO@MOVIES) on primetime Fridays & Saturdays and it also showing the live television broadcasting delayed relay simulcast coverage multi national and international sports event such as Summer Olympic Games, Winter Olympic Games, Summer Paralympic Games, Winter Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Southeast Asian Games, Asian Youth Games, Youth Olympic Games and more from 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.

On 20 October 2008, Kids Central and Arts Central was merged to form MediaCorp TV12 okto while Vasantham Central became a full-fledged channel as MediaCorp TV12 Vasantham occupying the original MediaCorp TV12 Central channel and effectively making the channel defunct.

Milestones[edit]

Before 12 February 2001, MediaCorp TV12 was formerly known as:

Important events[edit]

Year Date Event
1984 31 January SBC 12 was launched.
1984 6 February SBC was first Singapore blockbuster drama's The Awakening's was honour of Singapore's momentous 25th Singapore National Day covered the Singapore Mandarin experience in Singapore from the arrival of first generation Singapore Mandarin immigrants in an undeveloped island, through the Japanese occupation, up to the lives of Singapore Mandarin Singaporeans at the time in 1984, residing in a nation far more developed than the land their ancestors arrived.
1984 May SBC 12 was official television partner with Kuala Lumpur Thomas & Uber Cup. The same thing was also done in 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1994.
1984 13 June SBC 12 was official television partner with France UEFA Euro. The same thing was also done in 1988 and 1992.
1984 28 July SBC 12 was official television partner with Los Angeles Olympics. The same thing was also done in 1988 and 1992.
1985 8 December SBC 12 it was official television partner with Bangkok Southeast Asian Games. The same thing was also done in 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1993.
1986 31 May SBC 12 was official television partner with Mexico FIFA World Cup. The same thing was also done in 1990 and 1994.
1986 20 September SBC 12 was official television partner with Seoul Asian Games. The same thing was also done in 1990.
1989 31 January SBC 12 celebrated its 5th anniversary.
1994 1 January Malay programmes were transferred for SBC 5 to SBC 12.
1994 30 September SBC is a was closing ceremony final broadcasting (off-air) ceased transmission.
1994 1 October SBC was restructured into a new holding company and new owner parents by Singapore International Media (SIM Group of Companies) it operations were split into 3 individual companies form mass media telecommunications digital technology of world class electronics television and radio here Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS) took over the SBC's television broadcasting operations, Radio Corporation of Singapore (RCS) took over the SBC's radio broadcasting operations and Singapore Television Twelve (STV12) took over the SBC's television broadcasting operations, TCS was revamp the channel logo for a current business of companies, STV12 was Singapore's free-to-air terrestrial television company for live coverage of international multi-event sports and knowledge geography programmes. TCS operates Fifth Frequency is a free-to-air Singapore English news and entertainment terrestrial television channel and Eighth Frequency is a free-to-air Singapore Mandarin and Tamil news and entertainment terrestrial television channel which STV12 operates Twelfth Frequency is a free-to-air Singapore English live coverage of international multi-event sports and knowledge geography and Malay news and entertainment terrestrial television channel.[1]
1994 2 October Channel 12 (a subsidiary of STV12) it was official television partner with Hiroshima Asian Games. The same thing was also done in 1998.
1995 27 September STV12 was revamp the television channel logo for a new launched Prime 12 is a free-to-air new Malay and Tamil news and entertainment television channel based in Singapore and Premiere 12 is an arena multi events sports, life to nurture a gracious, elegant society art and cultural programmes marking the inception of niche programming was launched, Tamil programmes were transferred for TCS 8 to Prime 12 is a free-to-air new Tamil language news and entertainment television channel based in Singapore.
1995 9 December Premiere 12 (a subsidiary of STV12) was official television partner with Chiang Mai Southeast Asian Games. The same thing was also done in 1997 and 1999.
1996 19–26 May Premiere 12 (a subsidiary of STV12) was official television partner with Hong Kong Thomas & Uber Cup.
1996 9 June – 1 July Premiere 12 (a subsidiary of STV12) it was official television partner with England UEFA Euro.
1996 19 July – 4 August Premiere 12 (a subsidiary of STV12) it was official television partner with Atlanta Olympics.
1998 10 June – 12 July Premiere 12 (a subsidiary of STV12) it was official television partner with France FIFA World Cup.
1998 6–20 December Premiere 12 (a subsidiary of STV12) it was official television partner with Bangkok Asian Games.
1998 31 December Singapore International Media (SIM) is a was closing ceremony final broadcasting (off-air) ceased transmission.
1999 1 January SIM Group of Companies becomes Media Corporation of Singapore (MediaCorp Singapore).
2000 30 January Prime 12 and Premiere 12 were renamed Suria is a free-to-air new Malay language news and entertainment television channel based in Singapore, Central is a [apore English educations children, life to nurture a gracious, elegant society art and cultural programmes marking the inception of niche programming and Tamil language news and entertainment television channel based in Singapore and SportCity is a Singapore English arena multi events sports programmes television channel based in Singapore was launched usually Suria replaced Prime 12 as a dedicated channel for the Malay community, while Central replaced Premiere 12 with 3 distinctive programming belts catering to specific audiences: Kids Central, Vasantham Central and Arts Central.
2000 14–21 May SportCity it was official television partner with Kuala Lumpur Thomas & Uber Cup.
2000 10 June – 3 July SportCity was official television partner with Belgium/Netherlands UEFA Euro.
2000 15 September – 1 October SportCity was official television partner with Sydney Olympics.
2001 11 February TCS, STV12 and CNA is a was closing ceremony final broadcasting (off-air) ceased transmission.[2]
2001 12 February TCS, STV12 and CNA becomes MediaCorp TV, MediaCorp TV12 and MediaCorp News it was launched of Channel NewsAsia International usually Television Corporation of Singapore was renamed as MediaCorp TV. It would continue to own and manage Channel 5, Channel 8, Suria, Kids Central, Vasantham Central and Arts Central as well as TVMobile it was providing its diverse audiences with a broad range of quality terrestrial television programmes.

List of channels[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Suria, is a Malay free-to-air terrestrial television channel in Singapore that transmits in Malay. It is the largest Malay channel in Singapore.
  • Vasantham, is a Tamil free-to-air terrestrial television channel dedicated to the Indian community, launched on 20 October 2008. It replaces the Vasantham Central timebelt.
  • okto, is an English free-to-air terrestrial television channel with selected programmes broadcast in the language of the country of origin launched on 20 October 2008. An example is Filmart which showcases critically acclaimed films from around the world in its original language. okto will retain Kids Central and Arts Central a subsidiary of Central and Channel i a subsidiary of SPH MediaWorks programming.

Former television[edit]

  • Vasantham Central, the second timeshared on the Central channel and the biggest Indian television station outside of India. It has such things as Tamil movies for Singaporeans who speak Tamil. It was replaced by Vasantham on 20 October 2008.
  • Kids Central, the first timeshared on the Central and SPH MediaWorks Channel i a subsidiary of SPH MediaWorks channel and broadcasts children's programmes. It was replaced by okto on 20 October 2008.
  • Arts Central, the third timeshared channel on Central and SPH MediaWorks Channel i a subsidiary of SPH MediaWorks. Arts Central generally shows alternative programs from around the globe. It was replaced by okto on 20 October 2008.

Production[edit]

  • MediaCorp EagleVision is a content producer for Suria and Vasantham. It co-produces programmes with regional broadcasters and production houses.
  • MediaCorp VizPro Entertainment the company's events arm, has brought in and produced several world-class as well as local acts such as Disney on Ice, Barney & Friends, Winnie the Pooh, Wedding Banquet and Siti Nurhaliza Concert.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The privatisation of Singapore Broadcasting Corporation saw the formation of 3 companies with its television and radio businesses coming under the purview of Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS), Radio Corporation of Singapore (RCS) and Singapore Television Twelve (STV12). STV12 would run Prime 12 and Premiere 12 it was showcased arts and cultural programmes while TCS operated TCS 5 and TCS 8 it was broadcast Singapore English and Singapore Mandarin news and entertainment public informations main terrestrial television programmes respectively.
  2. ^ TCS (Television Corporation of Singapore) Channel Testcard (Philips PM5544, DVB-T)

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