Vasantham (TV channel)
Vasantham is a Singaporean free-to-air television channel that is owned by Mediacorp. The network is focused towards the Singaporean Indian community in the country. It was originally launched on 1 September 1995 as Premiere 12. Tamil programming was included on 30 January 2000 when the channel was rebranded as Central as Vasantham Central, and was later rebranded again as an independent Tamil-language channel on 19 October 2008.
|Launched||19 October 2008|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Headquarters||Mediacorp Campus, 1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507|
|Sister channel(s)||Channel 5|
|Digital terrestrial television||Channel 31 (HD)|
|StarHub TV||Channel 105 (HD)|
|Singtel TV||Channel 5 (HD)|
Tamil programming was originally shown on Channel 8 from its launch on 23 November 1963 until 1 September 1995, when it became a Mandarin-language channel, along with the launch of Premiere 12. With the rebrand of Channel 12 to Prime 12, Tamil-language programming was moved from channel 8. On 30 January 2000, it was later transferred to Premiere 12, as Prime 12 was rebranded as Suria and became a standalone Malay-language channel. Premiere 12 was renamed Central as Vasantham Central.
On 19 October 2008, Vasantham started broadcasting as an independent Tamil-language network focused on the Indian community living in Singapore.