Friday, August 21, 2015

MediaCorp remember Caldecott Hill Old Timers (COT)

Mediacorp remember COTs

It is not often that a company remembers its staff who had retired many years back 30,40,50 years. Mediacorp did . It invited its pioneers to a gathering on Thurs 20 Aug 2015. And briefed them  on the latest development of the company and its new complex at MediaPolis . Minister Lawrence Wong was there as well together with officials from MDA and the Management. I was certainly glad to meet and greeted by the CEO Shaun Seow, Deputy CEO Long Jong and CTO Joseph Igo. It was very heart warming to meet up with old colleagues and friends. At lunch we shared many memories. My first supervisor fifty years ago Ong Shee Chek (Technical Producer) was there too. He brought up the occasion I was scolded by Ben Da Cuhna Deputy Chief Engineer for not removing a studio camera cover before switching on. Ha ha ha...some memories one cannot forget. And the COTs (this term is coined by George Favacho) I worked with over the years and met that day were ...
Raymond Huang, Param Singh,Liew Ter Kwang, Goh Kee Chai, Michael Loke, Anwar, Cecilia, Joan Chee,Wong Yew Wah,John Tan, Andrew Cheng, SimChoon Hing, Kong, Gay Tong Beng, Ho Pan Chun, Seet Leong Teik, Tan Cheng Kee, Sandra , Ow Kee Hong, Banu, Hashim Yusof, Kenneth Liang, George Netto, Brian Richmond, Norman Lim etc and many others..
It was very nice and thoughtful of Mediacorp to organise this event...remembering its pioneers.
For a report of the event by CNA please refer to this link.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew Gone

  Lee Kuan Yew Gone

Below Message from PM's Office

Passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, founding Prime Minister of Singapore

The Prime Minister is deeply grieved to announce the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore. Mr Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3.18am. He was 91.
Arrangements for the public to pay respects and for the funeral proceedings will be announced later.

23 MARCH 2015
 We express our heart-felt condolences to PM Lee Hsien Loong and families of Mr Lee Kuan Yew                                                    ....................................................
I had the opportunity to work on some of his TV programmes at the Caldecott Hill TV Studios, For a number of years he would record his National Day Messages mainly in Studio Three and his National Day Rallies at the Kallang Theatre. I worked with the producer to provide technical support such as TV lighting and cameras as well as the operation of the Auto Cue .Although many might think that he was a tough person to work with but somehow he gave me the impression that he was a considerate and kind man. At times there were technical problems on the recordings and he had alway been tolerant of technical faults and breakdowns. On one occasion his TV recording had to be done three times due to failure of the auto cue system. And he took it quite well without the crew and producer feeling uncomfortable.
I had also opportunity to attend to some TV signal reception problems at his house in Oxley Rise.I was surprised to see that it was simple and humble house without any of the luxuries that normally one would expect of a man of his status. He had a TV set.. a SONY Trinitron..which he used for twenty years and was reluctant to change a new one when it broke down often. From this I learnt that he was a very frugal man. 
My wife and I respected him very much for what he had done for Singapore. We brought up our three children up to university level and now having good jobs and families ....and wife had always reminded children without  Mr Lee we would not hot be in a position to have good education, good housing, good environment and a good life.
Thank you Mr Lee, the founding father and founding  Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore.
Rest in Peace.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

 Below write-up is by courtesy of from source
Please go into this source on  more information about interesting SBC Dramas in the 80s.

The Early Days of SBC
sbc logoThe eighties and a large part of the nineties were undeniably the golden periods for SBC, the predecessor of Mediacorp (and TCS). SBC, Singapore Broadcasting Corporation in full, was established in February 1980 as a statutory board, after the corporatisation of Radio and Television Singapore (RTS).
Back then, the sources of Chinese dramas were mainly from Hong Kong and Taiwan. The dramas, many of them in Cantonese and Minnan (Taiwanese Hokkien), had to be dubbed in Mandarin for Singapore audience. After its establishment, SBC decided to invest and produce Singapore’s own Chinese drama series.
star search 1990In 1978, Hong Kong’s entertainment realm was hit by the collapse of Commercial Television and the change in ownership of Rediffusion Television (now Asia Television Limited). The two incidents provided opportunities for SBC to recruit some of the top talents in Hong Kong scriptwriters and producers.
The early eighties also saw the first batch of local artistes recruited through drama training classes. This lasted a decade before it was eventually replaced by the Star Search competition in 1988, which produced the likes of Zoe Tay, Aileen Tan and Chew Chor Meng. In 1982, the successful production and broadcast of “Seletar Robbery” signified the birth of local Mandarin dramas.
Channel 5, Suria and Vasantham
Malay programs found their ways to TV as early as the sixties. “Pak Awang Temberang” (Uncle Awang Tells Stories) was the first Malay-language drama series aired in 1966. The seventies were the golden era for Malay dramas; many were produced and directed by Bani Buang (1929-1996), popularly known as the father of Singapore’s modern Malay dramas.
masters of the sea 1994Locally-made Tamil dramas soon followed. “Ippadiayam oru Kudumbam” (What A Family), aired in August 1980, was the first Tamil-language drama series produced in Singapore.
Ironically, Singapore did not produce its own local English dramas until the nineties, even though Channel 5 was the first TV channel debuted in April 1963. The much-criticised “Masters Of The Sea” became the first local English TV drama series aired in 1994.
20 Most Memorable SBC (Channel 8) Dramas
Between 1982 and 1990, SBC produced close to ninety Chinese drama series for Channel 8; many were forgettable, some became classic, along with their theme songs which were tailor made to suit the storylines of the dramas. Creativity was at its peak as SBC explored different types of drama genres, such as mystery, horror, comedy, science-fiction and wuxia (pugilistic/martial arts).
RemSG sorts out its list of 20 most memorable Channel 8 dramas. Which of these were your favourite ones?
1. Seletar Robbery 实里达大劫案
seletary robbery 1982Period: 24 July 1982
Episodes: 1
Genre: Thriller
Main Cast: Huang Wenyong (黄文永), Chin Chi Kang (钱治钢), Lim Sin Ming (林生民), Steven Woon (云昌凑)
Plot Summary: It was a police and thief game as three robbers got away with a $300,000 loot from a construction company.
Trivia: Although it had only one episode and lasted only 90 minutes, “Seletar Robbery” was considered the first locally-produced Chinese drama. It took less than a month to finish the filming of the drama.
Memorable Scene: Chin Chi Kang as the undisputed villain

Sunday, January 4, 2015

George is coming to Singapore
See message from George Favacho from Perth....

Yes indeed ... 2015 shapes as a significant chapter in the History of Radio & TV Broadcasting in Singapore ... The BIG MOVE
to a new Home located at the new Mediapolis@one-north, at Buona Vista.
No Stopping CHANGE and for many of us we can just look back and reflect on the many happy memories we have all experienced. We can proudly consider ourselves as "Pioneers" of Caldecott Hill!

I shall be visiting Singapore this month and once again Dear Colleagues Lucy Leong and Cecilia Tan will be organising a reunion gathering on Friday 23rd January 2015.
Do keep this date Free ... you will be advised of further details once the two ladies have finalised all arrangements.

See you soon ... CHEERS!
George Favacho - Perth

MediaCorp  New Campus coming soon
MediaCorp marked a milestone for its new campus at Mediapolis@one-north with a topping off ceremony on-site on Wednesday (Nov 12). The event was graced by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Khaw Boon Wan; Minister for National Development. To mark the ceremony, 17 remote-controlled mini planes took to the skies, each bearing flags of MediaCorp's brands and products.
MediaCorp's Chairman Teo Ming Kian said the new campus is a key part of MediaCorp's continuing transformation into a leading media player. The building is designed to facilitate closer collaborations among employees, by breaking down "silos" where they have worked in the past as distinct business units. "The new interior does not have walls, and open spaces abound," said Mr Teo. He added that it will be possible to see from one end across to the other. The public will also be able to visit the new campus, and there will be self-guided tours to allow visitors to learn about MediaCorp's history. They will also be able to view live productions for news, radio and drama.

"With better access, members of the public would be better able to visit our premises, feel closer to us, and give valuable feedback on our programmes, even at the pilot stage," said Mr Teo. "Building a new campus is a heavy investment, one that requires thoughtful planning to ensure that our move is more than just a physical relocation. It is an integral part of our transformation agenda."
"We will continue to push the envelope in our content and delivery, improving our reach and live up to our mission to engage, entertain and enrich our audiences," he added.

Monday, April 21, 2014

NewsFlash from MediaCorp

Here is the latest newsflash on the MediaCorp Campus from Karen Chia sent to COTs.
If you are a CaldecottHill Old Timer and wish to be alerted on news besides the campus update from MediaCorp please email

New Campus Update: (i)                  Site Progress
Here’s a sneak peek into how the site at Buona Vista is progressing...


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pioneer Generation Tribute

 Pioneer Generation Tribute

"About 450,000 seniors will benefit from extra subsidies for MediShield Life and outpatient treatment, as well as annual Medisave top-ups under the Pioneer Generation Package.

As one of the first Singapore 50 (SG50) events, the Pioneer Generation Tribute was held on 9 Feb 2014 at the Istana. Attended by over 1,000 members of our Pioneer Generation, the event was held to say ‘Thank You’ to our Pioneer Generation for their contributions in nation-building. These representatives of our Pioneer Generation included those who have served during the early years of Singapore’s nationhood in the uniformed services, unions and the community, former political leaders, and ordinary Singaporeans who contributed in many other ways and raised the next generation of Singaporeans.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced at the event that the Pioneer Generation will receive a Pioneer Generation Package that will be focused on healthcare. Wide consultations have shown that healthcare is at the top of the minds of older Singaporeans. The Package will provide benefits that cover different types of healthcare needs. All members of the Pioneer Generation will enjoy the Pioneer Generation Package.....For more details please see"

Some COT members were invited to Istana where the PM thanked the pioneers for their contribution. Among them were Ee Boon Lee, Mun Chor Seng, Chua Foo Yong and many others. I am pleased to attach herewith some photos of the event held at the Istana .