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Singapore publishers vanish as Media Group merges operations under one banner

The names of four Singapore media companies will vanish this month after being formally swallowed by the Media Group business owned by printing firm KHL Printing.

Regent Media, Key Editions, Pulp Kreatives and Miles Media will cease to exist as stand alone entities with their publications now folded into three specialist divisions within Media Group.

The companies previously operated as independent businesses under the holding company.

The three new specialist divisions – Home and Furnishings, Luxury and Food and Gourmet – will be spearheaded by Media Group managing director Dennis Pua.

Former publisher of Key Editions, Foo Mei Siah, will oversee Home and Furnishings and special interest magazines with titles including Square Rooms and D+A (Design and Architecture), Teenage, BBC Earth and Singapore’s Child.

Luxury will be led by Regent Media publisher Ben Poon and include business and lifestyle publication Portfolio, Golf Asia, jewellery title Solitaire and high end magazine Jet Gala.

Poon will also lead a Content Solutions division that will cater to individual clients through content publishing, content marketing, web and app development. The inflight magazine of budget airline Scoot is among its clients.

Meanwhile, Miles Media publisher Kimberley Song will head up Media Group’s Food and Gourmet titles including Xin Flavours and oversee the firm’s food tours and cooking seminars products. She will also be handed responsibility for driving participation at events including the Asia Pacific Food Expo and Singapore Food Expo.

Dennis Pua

Pua said the vision is to build a “collaborative environment” that creates “effective and engaging content across interests”.

“With the different arms coming together to form one cohesive Media Group, we look forward to maximizing investment in each of our titles, including making the most of our custom media solutions,” he said. “With the ability to construct qualitative content across titles, we offer clients the promise of a dynamic range of content solutions like never before.”

The move will also lead to “cost efficiency” although Pua told Mumbrella there would be no job losses or magazine closures as a result of the consolidation.

“The move will also see greater emphasis on the company’s digital solutions, including video production as well as website and app development,” Media Group said in a statement.

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