May 28, 2013

of new licensing scheme for news websites that reach 50,000 people a month

From June 1, online news sites that report regularly on issues relating to Singapore and have significant reach among readers here will require an individual licence from the Media Development Authority (MDA).

MDA will require websites to be individually licensed once they meet two criteria. These are:
(i) if they report an average of at least one article per week on Singapore’s news and current affairs over a period of two months, and
(ii) if they are visited by at least 50,000 unique IP addresses from Singapore each month over a period of two months.

Under the new framework, these sites must also put up a performance bond of $50,000, similar to that required for niche TV broadcasters.

Read more (New licensing scheme for news websites that reach 50,000 people a month)


When the licensing framework is launched, MDA said it will be issuing licensing notifications for the following ten sites: asiaone.com, businesstimes.com.sg, channelnewsasia.com, omy.sg, sg.news.yahoo.com, stomp.com.sg, straitstimes.com, tnp.sg, todayonline.com and zaobao.com. Aside from the Yahoo! Singapore news site, all the other nine sites are run by Singapore’s two biggest media groups, MediaCorp and Singapore Press Holdings.

Read more (10 online news sites must follow traditional media regulations: MDA)


Fact Sheet - Online news sites to be placed on a more consistent licensing framework as traditional news platforms

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