Vasantham (TV channel)
|Launched||19 October 2008|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Headquarters||Mediacorp Campus, 1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507|
|Sister channel(s)||Channel 5|
|Digital terrestrial television||Channel 31 (HD)|
|StarHub TV||Channel 105 (HD)|
|Singtel TV||Channel 5 (HD)|
Vasantham is a Singaporean free-to-air television channel that is owned by Mediacorp. The network is focused towards the Singaporean Indian community in the country. It was originally launched on 1 September 1995 as Premiere 12. Tamil programming was included on 30 January 2000 when the channel was rebranded as Central, and was later rebranded again as an independent Tamil-language channel on 19 October 2008.
Tamil programming was originally shown on Channel 8 from its launch on 23 November 1963 until 1 September 1995, when it became a Mandarin-language channel, along with the launch of Premiere 12. With the rebrand of Channel 12 to Prime 12, Tamil-language programming was moved from channel 8. On 30 January 2000, it was later transferred to Premiere 12, as Prime 12 was rebranded as Suria and became a standalone Malay-language channel. Premiere 12 was renamed Central.
On 19 October 2008, Vasantham started broadcasting as an independent Tamil-language network focused on the Indian community living in Singapore.
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