Television Corporation of Singapore
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Broadcasting Department of Singapore
Ministry of Information
First air date
|1 October 1994|
|Founded||1 October 1994|
Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
|Parent||Singapore International Media (SIM Group of Companies)|
|1 October 1994|
|Dissolved||Renamed as Mediacorp TV 12 February 2001|
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 in Singapore. 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.
- 1 History
- 2 List of channels
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Television Corporation of Singapore (1994–2001)
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 1 September 1995 at midnight, TCS 8 became the first channel in Singapore to broadcast 24 hours a day, while TCS 5 commenced its 24-hour broadcasts on 30 September, almost 5 weeks later, leaving Singapore Television Twelve to continue closing down at night.
MediaCorp TV (2001–present)
Before 1 October 1994, Television Corporation of Singapore and Radio Corporation of Singapore was formerly known as:
- Television Singapore (16 February 1963 – 30 December 1963)
- Television Malaysia (Singapore) (31 December 1963 – 8 August 1965)
- Radio and Television of Singapore (RTS, 9 August 1965 – 31 January 1980)
- Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC, 1 February 1980 – 30 September 1994)
|1994||30 September||SBC ceased transmission on 1 October 1994, starting with Channels 8 & 12, at 12:30am and Channel 5 at 3:05am. All times are in 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), the members of the Singapore International Media (SIM) group.|
|1995||1 January||Chinese programmes produced by TCS Channel 8 were broadcast in Republic of China (Taiwan), via the newly established TCS International cable channel.|
|1995||6 March||The premiere of Good Morning Singapore on TCS Channel 8. Full morning transmission began and the second channel to do so.|
|1995||10 March||24 hour broadcasts began for TCS Channel 8, but only from the early hours of Saturday morning until Sunday night. Closedowns were also being continued on Sunday nights till Thursday nights only.|
|1995||31 August||TCS Channel 8 closed down for the last time after almost 32 years. The following day, the channel began broadcasting 24 hours a day.|
|1995||1 September||TCS Channel 8 became the first channel to broadcast 24 hours a day permanently and became the full-fledged Mandarin channel. At the same time, all Tamil programmes were being handed over to the newly re-launched TV12's main channel, Prime 12.|
|1995||28 September||TCS Channel 5 closed down for the last time, at 3:45am, after more than 32 years, leaving with TV12 channels, Prime 12 & Premiere 12, continuing closing down every night.|
|1995||29 September||TCS 5 began broadcasting 24 hours a day, starting from 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.|
|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
Television Corporation of Singapore/新加坡电视机构
1 October 1994 – 26 September 1995
- 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).
- 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
- 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).
- 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).