MediaCorp Channel 8
|Mediacorp Channel 8
|Channel 8 logo
Channel 8 logo since 28 May 2001
|Launched||23 November 1963 as Television Singapore Channel 8|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 and 4:3) (SDTV), 1080i(HDTV)|
|Headquarters||The Caldecott Broadcasting Centre|
|Formerly called||The Eighth Frequency
(23 November 1963 – 31 December 2004)
Television Singapore Channel 8
(23 November 1963 – 8 August 1965)
Radio Television Singapore Channel 8
(9 August 1965 – 31 January 1980)
Singapore Broadcasting Corporation Channel 8
(1 February 1980 – 30 September 1994)
Television Corporation of Singapore Channel 8
(1 October 1994 – 11 February 2001)
|Sister channel(s)||Channel U
|MediaCorp - Analogue||Channel 8 (VHF 196.25 MHz)|
|MediaCorp - Digital (DVB-T)||Channel 38 (UHF 610 MHz) Multiplex carrying Mediacorp channels digitally.|
|MediaCorp - Digital (DVB-T2)||Channel 31 (UHF 554 MHz) (LCN 03) (HD)|
|StarHub TV||Channel 103/65 (SD) / 154/66 (HD)|
|MediaCorp (via SCTV socket)||Channel 8 (VHF 196.25 MHz)|
|Singtel TV||Channel 3 / 508 (HD)|
MediaCorp Channel 8 or Channel 8 (Chinese: 8频道, Before 31 December 2004: 第八频道) is Singapore's first free-to-air Mandarin television channel in Singapore. It is the first of two Singapore Mandarin over-the-air television channels in Singapore, with the other being MediaCorp Channel U.
It was created by Radio and Television Singapore (RTS) on 23 November 1963 as Singapore's only Chinese-medium channel. From 6 May 2001 to 31 December 2004, it serves as an alternative Chinese channel to SPH MediaWorks Channel U. After SPH Mediaworks and Mediacorp merged in 1 January 2005, it now serves as a complementary to MediaCorp Channel U.
- 1 Programming
- 2 Transmission times
- 3 Newscasters
- 3.1 Morning Express 晨光第一线 (9:00am to 9:30am, Mondays to Fridays - Channel 8)
- 3.2 Current Affairs Presenters
- 4 Programmes
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Channel 8 officially began their broadcasting on 23 November 1963 as "Saluran 8 Television Singapura" and broadcasts in Chinese although the station also aired Tamil programmes at the time with the daily transmissions were subsequently extended to 5 hours on weekdays and 10 hours on weekends.
Following the separation from Malaysia Radio become Radio Singapura and television become Television Singapura. It was integrated to "Radio and Television of Singapore (RTS)". This led to many expansions including a move to the new $3.6 million Television Centre in Caldecott Hill on 27 August 1966.
Channel 8 was the first live colour television channel (along with Channel 5) to broadcast the National Day Parade in colour on August 9, 1974.
Channel 8 started their full-time colour broadcasts (along with Channel 5) on 1 November 1977.
Channel 8 was initiated on 1 February 1980 by the RTS which became Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) (Chinese: 新广第八波道).
Although its sister channel, Channel 5, became a full-fledged English channel on New Year's Day 1994 but Channel 8 continued broadcasting in Mandarin and Tamil until they commenced 24 hour broadcasts in 1995.
Channel 8 was the first channel to broadcast 24 hours a day on 1 September 1995 but Channel 5 commenced 24-hour broadcasts on September 29, 1995. At the same time, Tamil programmes were transferred to the newly renamed Prime 12 (now Suria).
Channel 8 was privatized on 12 February 2001 as TCS, along with STV12 became MediaCorp TV(Chinese: 新传媒电视第八波道).
Chinese language broadcasting
In the infancy of the channel, Mandarin programmes were acquired from stations in Hong Kong, Macau and the Republic of China which resulted in these programmes being broadcast in a variety of regional Chinese dialects (such as Hong Kong Cantonese and Hokkien with no dubbing in Mandarin. This anomaly ended on December 11, 1979 when the government began to forbid Singapore's electronic media from broadcasting programmes in any dialects other than Mandarin without prior consent from the Government.
This put a pressure on the station's budget, as Mandarin language programmes acquired overseas now have to be dubbed into Mandarin. As a result, SBC decided to begin producing Mandarin drama series domestically, and established the Chinese Local Drama Department (华文戏剧部) towards that end. The new department had to hire many production staffs overseas, as the station only had experience in producing short television programmes. Due to the closure of Commercial Television and the sale of Rediffusion Television (now Asia Television) and Television Broadcasts Limited in Hong Kong at the time, many production staff from those two television stations were hired, thus creating a basis for domestic Chinese drama series production.
Although there were earlier productions (mostly as Children's dramas and special telemovies made in colour, similar to their Malay and Tamil drama counterparts, Sandiwara and Naadaga Arangam, respectively), the channel considers Seletar Robbery to be its first-ever Mandarin-language local drama production and considers the day of its premiere on July 24, 1982 to be the birth of local drama productions. As of 2014, Channel 8 began re-airing all of its RTS and SBC classic Chinese drama series in both black-and-white and colour from the 70's and early 80's such as The Spice of Life, Spring is Always Green and The Evening Breeze on Mondays to Fridays 2:00am.
The station, along with its sister stations TCS 5 (Chinese: 新视第五波道), were privatized on 1 October 1994 and became a part of the new Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS) (Chinese: 新加坡电视机构) while Channel 12 (Chinese: 第十二波道) became a part of the newly established Television Twelve (TV12; later changed to Singapore Television Twelve in 1996). Further restructuring were made and by December 23, 2000, TCS became MediaCorp TV (Chinese: 新传媒电视).
Competition with MediaWorks
In an effort to inject competition into the Singaporean television broadcasting industry, the government allowed Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) to operate television stations, which resulted in the establishment of SPH MediaWorks. It offered two television channels: SPH MediaWorks Channel U (Chinese: 优频道) and TV Works (Chinese: 电视通), which was later renamed Channel i (Chinese: i频道). It began recruiting artistes through its own talent search programme Route to Glamour and a number of former TCS artistes also transferred over.
MediaCorp Channel 8 was formerly known as the Eight Frequency and Channel U were both locked in a fierce ratings battle, with each station releasing statistics indicating that they are prevailing over the other station. The ratings battle began to cool on New Year's Eve in 2004 when Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew commented that Singapore's size cannot sustain more than one television station for each language. This spurred the two sides into a merger negotiation, which was completed on New Year's Eve in 2004. On New Year's Day in 2005, MediaCorp TV Channel U became a part of MediaCorp TV. SPH MediaWorks Channel i was disbanded in the merger process. The Eighth Frequency became MediaCorp TV Channel 8 (Chinese: 新传媒电视8频道). Since then, Channel U became a complementary to Channel 8 and targeted a new set audience which are teens, young adult and professionals.
StarHub TV and MediaCorp TV jointly launched a new channel "MediaCorp 8 On-Demand" (StarHub TV Channel 116) on December 28, 2011. StarHub TV customers enjoy viewing local dramas for a charge of $8.56/month. Latest dramas were put up on the channel for three months. If there is a need to, the channel will put up classic dramas and Lee Kuan Yew worship films, such as Comedy Night and Star Search.
The channel was removed on 9 January 2014.
Channel 8 is a 24-hour channel.
|News Programmes||Weekday Newscasters||Weekend Newscasters|
|News 8 at One
Morning Express 晨光第一线 (9:00am to 9:30am, Mondays to Fridays - Channel 8)
- Kristine Lim (林稚瑛)
- Yang Zhen Hua (杨振华)
- Jiang Huan (蒋睆)
Current Affairs Presenters
Hello Singapore 狮城有约 (6:30pm to 7:30pm, Mon-Fri - Channel 8)
- Zhao Quanyin (赵全胤)
- Evelyn Lam (蓝丽婷)
Focus 焦点 (10:30pm to 11:00pm, Thursdays - Channel 8)
- Chun Guek Lay (曾月丽)
Money Week 财经追击 (10:30pm to 11:00pm, Wednesdays - Channel 8)
- Tung Soo Hua (董素华)
- List of MediaCorp Channel 8 Chinese Drama Series before 1982
- List of MediaCorp Channel 8 Chinese Drama Series (2000s)
- List of MediaCorp Channel 8 Chinese Drama Series (2010s)
- List of variety and infotainment programmes broadcast by MediaCorp Channel 8