Today (Singapore newspaper)

TODAY is a Singapore English-language digital news provider under Mediacorp. It was formerly a national free daily newspaper. Mediacorp, the newspaper's parent company is Singapore's largest media broadcaster and provider in Singapore and the only terrestrial television broadcaster in the country.

TypeNational free daily newspaper
PublisherMediacorp Press Ltd
EditorWalter Fernandez
Founded10 November 2000 (2000-11-10)
HeadquartersMediacorp Campus, 1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507
Circulation300,000 (in 2013)
OCLC number46474542

At its inception, Mediacorp had a 60% stake in TODAY while, Singapore Press Holdings owned 40% of TODAY. The newspaper was published and distributed from Monday to Saturday.

In 2017, the two media companies announced that SPH will divest its stakes in Mediacorp Press, which publishes TODAY, and Mediacorp TV, which owns Channels 5, 8, U, and Mediacorp Studio.

TODAY was distributed to selected homes upon subscription and for free at MRT stations, bus interchanges, selected food and beverage outlets, shopping malls among other public areas during the morning rush hour.

It had a circulation of 300,000, with more than half of its readers being professionals, managers, executives and business people.[1] It is the second-most-read English-language newspaper in Singapore, after The Straits Times.[2]

Readership is 730,000 according to the Nielsen Media Index Report 2012.[3]


Year Date Event
2000 10 November TODAY was launched as a rival to Streats, another English-language freesheet published by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). Initially, the newspaper was available only on weekdays.
2002 27 April Intended as a longer, more leisurely read as compared to the weekday version, WeekendTODAY was launched at newsstands for 50 cents a copy, and was distributed to more than 100,000 homes free of charge.
2004 17 September In a major, historic move that would enhance shareholder value and stem losses, MediaCorp and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) reached a commercial deal to merge their mass-market television and free newspaper operations. MediaCorp Press, managed by MediaCorp, is co-owned by MediaCorp and SPH.[4]
2010 August With the launch of TODAY-New York Times International Weekly, TODAY joined an elite group of 30 newspapers worldwide that publish the international weekly. The newspaper covers international affairs, social trends, arts and culture as well as business and finance.[5]
2011 29 May A Sunday edition was launched, making TODAY a daily newspaper which provides news updates seven days a week.[6]
2012 28 May TODAY Redesign
2012 June The Sunday edition ceased publication.
2012 November Readership of TODAY hits a peak of 730,000.[7]
2013 19 January Digital revamp of its website and mobile and tablet applications
2013 September Afternoon edition ceased publication.
2017 April TODAY launched a fully digital weekend edition, ceasing its print edition on weekends.[8]
2017 End September Print edition will end and the newspaper will be a full online edition.[9]

Suspension of mrbrown column

On 6 July 2006, the newspaper suspended a weekly opinion column by Lee Kin Mun (alias: mr brown) after the government criticised an article he wrote in his column discussing the rising cost of living in Singapore, which he depicted in satirical style.[10]


Name Appointment
Walter FernandezManaging Director & Editor
Carl SkadianDeputy Editor
Loh Chee KongAssociate Editor
Yvonne LimAssociate Editor
Razali AbdullahExecutive Editor
Phin WongExecutive Editor
Edric SngExecutive Editor
Leong Wee KeatDeputy News Editor
Derrick A PauloVoices Editor
David BottomleyBusiness Editor
Gerard WongSports Editor
Christopher TohFeatures Editor
Ariel TamSpecial Projects Editor
Hedirman SupianDeputy Digital Media Editor

See also


  1. "TODAY Circulation & Distribution" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-11.
  2. "TODAY is Singapore's Second Most Read Daily". Archived from the original on 9 January 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  3. "TODAY readership jumps 14% to 730,000" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 September 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  4. "MEDIACORP AND SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS MERGE THEIR TV AND FREE NEWSPAPER OPERATIONS" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 November 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2004.
  5. "TODAY launches weekly newspaper with The New York Times". Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  6. "TODAY launches new Sunday edition - TODAY on Sunday". Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  7. "TODAY's journey from print to fully-digital". Archived from the original on 26 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  8. "TODAY's journey from print to fully-digital". Archived from the original on 26 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  9. "TODAY's journey from print to fully-digital". Archived from the original on 26 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  10. "Daily Newspaper TODAY Sacks Blogger 'mr brown' after Government Criticism" Archived 2009-06-09 at the Wayback Machine. Reporters Without Borders. 6 July 2006.
  11. TODAY | For Media - Media contacts of all Archived 2013-10-22 at the Wayback Machine

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