Television Corporation of Singapore

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Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS)
Type Public
Broadcasting Department of Singapore
Ministry of Information
Television
Country Singapore
First air date
1 October 1994
Availability Nationwide
Founded 1 October 1994
Broadcast area
Singapore
Johor, Malaysia
Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
Parent Singapore International Media (SIM Group of Companies)
Launch date
1 October 1994
Dissolved Renamed as Mediacorp TV 12 February 2001
TCS-5
TCS-8
Group Television

Television Corporation of Singapore (Abbreviation: TCS; Singapore Mandarin: 新加坡电视机构 (Abbreviation: 新视); Malaysian: Perbadanan Televisyen Singapura; Tamil: சிங்கப்பூர் தொலைக்காட்சிக் கழகம்) was a television broadcasting services in the then-monopolised media industry. TCS existed from 1 October 1994 to 11 February 2001; predecessor of MediaCorp Radio successor of the television broadcasting arm of the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) was privatised on 1 October 1994 in Singapore into three individual companies, one of which was Radio Corporation of Singapore (RCS) and Singapore Television Twelve (STV12). TCS subsequently underwent a group restructuring of subsidiaries by Singapore International Media (SIM Group of Companies) on 12 February 2001 to becoming MediaCorp TV.

History[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Television Corporation of Singapore (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.

TCS-8 was delayed telecasts the Indonesian television serial sinetron longest-running drama series (from MNCTV was introduced on 1 December 1994) and Anugerah (from RCTI with 473-episode and was introduced on 9 January 1995) with Indonesian dubbing and Singapore Mandarin subtitles.

StarHub a subsidiary of StarHub TV it viewers farther away from the Republic of Indonesia and Malaysia border usually require higher-quality equipment to receive the signals of spite of this however, only TV1 a first state-owned public of government free-to-air oldest terrestrial television station in Malaysia is owned and operated by Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI) a first state-owned public of government free-to-air oldest terrestrial television station in Republic of Indonesia. In accordance with the state policy of promoting Mandarin Chinese local free-to-air terrestrial television channels have been banned from showing programmes in Cantonese dialect for years. These programs, such as popular television serials in longest-running premiere from Hong Kong which use Cantonese have to be dubbed into Mandarin Chinese; local television series or programmes may not use any form of dialect and are subjected to tight censorship. Similarly, local newspapers were not allowed to carry listings for Malaysia's TV3 is a broadcast Cantonese programmes a member of Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad (STMB). Ironically, Malaysia state-run Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) currently operates state-owned public of government free-to-air oldest terrestrial television channel in Malaysia: TV1 and TV2 did broadcast programmes in Cantonese for a period of time. Although these were not meant for viewers in Singapore, Singapore could still receive the free-to-air terrestrial television signals. (TV2 is no longer free-to-air terrestrial television in Singapore a member of Radio Televisyen Malaysia, due to its broadcasting foreign copyrighted programmes) while Hong Kong's TVB Jade a first state-owned public of government free-to-air oldest terrestrial television station in Cantonese a member of Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) is now available on cable television in microwave-based broadcast system, followed by the first subscriptions with offers pay television. As of now, TV1 a first state-owned public of government free-to-air oldest terrestrial television station in Malaysia is owned and operated by Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI) a first state-owned public of government free-to-air oldest terrestrial television station in Republic of Indonesia is now officially a free-to-air terrestrial television station in Singapore.

MediaCorp TV (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 TV on 12 February 2001.

Milestones[edit]

Before 1 October 1994, Television Corporation of Singapore and Radio Corporation of Singapore was formerly known as:

Important events[edit]

Year Date Event
1994 30 September SBC ceased transmission on 1 October 1994 at 00:00 SST.
1994 1 October SBC was privatised to form 3-companies: the Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS), Radio Corporation of Singapore (RCS) and Singapore Television Twelve (STV12) a member of Singapore International Media (SIM) group.
1995 1 January Programmes produced by TCS 8 were broadcast in Republic of China (Taiwan), via the newly established TCS International cable channel.
1995 March The premiere of Good Morning Singapore on TCS 8.
1995 1 September TCS 12 ceased transmission and TCS 8 was the first channel to go 24/7 and became the full-fledged Mandarin channel.
1995 29 September TCS 5 went 24/7 in the early hours of Saturday morning.
1998 31 December Singapore International Media (SIM) ceased transmission.
1999 1 January SIM Group of Companies became Media Corporation of Singapore (MediaCorp Singapore).
2001 11 February TCS, STV12 and CNA ceased transmission within TCS but Channel NewsAsia and the rest of the channels are still on the air within MediaCorp.[1][2][3]
2001 12 February TCS, STV12 and CNA became MediaCorp TV, MediaCorp TV12 and MediaCorp News respectively. It would continue to own and manage Channel 5, Channel 8, Suria, Kids Central, Vasantham Central and Arts Central as well as TVMobile by providing its diverse audiences with a broad range of quality terrestrial television programmes.

List of channels[edit]

Singapore[edit]

Television Corporation of Singapore/新加坡电视机构[edit]

1 October 1994-26 September 1995[edit]
  1. TCS 5/第五波道 (VHF on Channel 5) – Both English Station (also known as Fifth Frequency, currently TCS 5 and 120 kW ERP).
  2. TCS 8/第八波道 (VHF on Channel 8) – Both Mandarin and Tamil Station (also known as Eighth Frequency, currently TCS 8 and 120 kW ERP).
27 September 1995-11 February 2001[edit]
  1. TCS 5/第五波道 (VHF on Channel 5) – Both 24-hour in daily of English Station (also known as Fifth Frequency, currently TCS 5 and 120 kW ERP).
  2. TCS 8/第八波道 (VHF on Channel 8) – Both 24-hour in daily of Mandarin Station (also known as Eighth Frequency, currently TCS 8 and 120 kW ERP).

Malaysia[edit]

Radio Televisyen Malaysia/马来西亚广播电视台[edit]

  1. Malaysia 3/马来西亚电视3台 (VHF on Channel 3) – Both Malaysian Station (10 kW/142.5kWe).
  2. Malaysia 10/马来西亚电视10台 (VHF on Channel 10) – Both English, Mandarin and Tamil Station (10 kW/142.5kWe).

Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad/马来西亚无线电视台[edit]

  1. Malaysia 26/马来西亚电视26台 (UHF on Channel 26) – Both Malaysian, Indonesian and English Station.

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