30 Sep 2006

Hardware Zone websites sold

Singapore (dpa) - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) is buying all the magazine and online titles of Hardware Zone, which operates a website featuring new electronic products and reviews, SPH said in a published statement Saturday.

The website, which started in 1999 as a hobby for the co-founders, currently has operations in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, China and Australia.

Co-founders Eugene Low and Jackie Lee were 22-year-old undergraduates at the National University of Singapore when they started Hardware Zone.

The purchase price is 7.1 million Singapore dollars (4.5 million US dollars).

"Hardware Zone's online magazine business strategy will complement SPH Magazines' strong print magazine business," said the statement in The Straits Times.

The acquisition is scheduled to be completed around November 1.

[Reaction from Forumers...]
SPH have control of all major papers and magazines....
anything from straits times - business times - zao bao - berita harian
all the way to men's health, citibella, maxim...

the loooming issue here is actually bigger than any potential change in "forumer" privilege or rights in speech freedom but the monopoly control of local media offline and online in singapore. by Radish


Matilah_Singapura said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Matilah_Singapura said...

Not a bad return for a "hobby" turned into a saleable "business".

As the adage goes: "the sole reason for starting a business is to sell it".

Anonymous said...

Good to consolidate all media under SPH. Good move.

Anonymous said...

When is SPH buying Singabloodypore?