Sunday, January 18, 2015

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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.