MediaCorp and National Heritage Board celebrate 50 years of TV in Singapore

Louise Duffy | 17-10-2013

In celebration of 50 years of television broadcasting in Singapore, MediaCorp and the National Heritage Board will jointly organise the festival, 50 Years of TV: Experience the Magic, which will be held at the National Museum of Singapore from 23 November to 21 December 2013.

The month-long festival coupled with star-studded events and activities will be an experiential showcase of how television has played an integral part in nation-building and how it has shaped Singapore's popular culture. Interactive exhibits will feature the evolution of Singapore television production and provide a peek into the future of TV. There will also be a showcase titled 50 Years of Television: An Exhibition, which celebrates the various milestones of the television, both as a product and lifestyle medium in Singapore from 1963 to today.

MediaCorp’s CEO, Shaun Seow, said: “For 50 years, MediaCorp television has held up a mirror to Singapore life, reflecting social mores, culture ... and sometimes even helping to shape them. The half century mark is an important milestone, and what better way to celebrate it than through a public exhibition of broadcasting's history and achievements. I'm happy to have MediaCorp partner the National Heritage Board to present TV50 exhibition, which we think will be well worth your while to visit this year end. No doubt, it will entertain, as with many things to do with TV. But it may also set you in a contemplative mood, thinking of TV's - and Singapore's - past 50 years and the next."

National Heritage Board’s CEO, Rosa Daniel, said: “From early beginnings 50 years ago to the present, Singaporeans over many generations have seen TV offerings evolve into today’s well-loved local productions and international programmes. TV has also preserved for posterity the memorable events and moments in Singapore’s journey as a nation. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the National Heritage Board and we are happy to celebrate the two milestones through this meaningful project.

"This exhibition will offer something for everyone. We have a host of exciting and varied programmes catering to all age groups and communities, with many programmes brought alive by well known TV personalities, during the Festival. I hope many Singaporeans will visit the Museum to enjoy and celebrate our shared memories of Singapore seen through TV50."