MediaCorp is a group of commercial media companies in Singapore, with business interests in television and radio broadcasting, interactive media, and, to a lesser extent, print publishing and film-making.
Currently, MediaCorp runs 7 television channels and 13 radio channels, making it the largest media broadcaster and provider in Singapore, and the only terrestrial TV broadcaster in that city-state. It is wholly owned by Temasek Holdings, a government-owned investment arm.
MediaCorp celebrated 30 years of local Chinese dramas in 2012.
User reviews View all user reviews
User Ratings Summary
User rating summary from: 13 user(s)
I miss the old Channel 8 dramas and sitcoms!
Not sure if I’m old or what but I really miss the old Channel 8 dramas with my favorite actors and actresses like Li Nan Xing and Fann Wong. I remember when young, the 7 and 9pm dramas never fail to become huge topics among Singaporeans. However, as we got exposed to the internet and scv, there are just too many options for us to choose from. They made Mediacorp dramas and variety shows pale in comparison. Not only that Mediacorp now often air outdated overseas dramas (from Taiwan and Korea) and is missing out on the Singapore essence.
Aside from missing the old dramas, I also loved their old sitcoms a lot. They used to have really funny sitcoms like Don’t worry, Be happy, Right Frequency, My genie etc. But they seem to have totally stopped producing such sitcoms all together. And if you do a google search of the lists of dramas of the 2000s, it would certainly bring back many fond memories. I would like to end off with a few of my favourite dramas that I am missing! Wok of Life (Fu Man Ren Jian), Condor heroes, The Legends of the Eight Immortals, Looking for stars….. Strikes a chord?
Oh my god. Mediacorp, the building. It is severely ancient!
I attended a job preview there recently. The compound was rather foreign. It was submerged in the hub of ginormous custom made houses. The satellite dishes there seemed to be calling out for a sponge soaked with Mama Lemon. Caldecott Hill was definitely no Beverly Hills. Oh, maybe the houses nearby were but definitely not the Mediacorp infrastructure.
There were flights of stairs everywhere. Elevators and escalators, where are you? There seemed to be no trace of technology anywhere apart from the satellite dishes. I ventured further into the compound and discovered the customer service centre. It was air conditioned! How refreshing. The area seemed like a separate planet as compared to the staircase zones outside. The lighting exuded a cosy aura. The people behind the counter greeted with a welcoming smile and efficiently provided me with the visitors pass.
The workers strutting there generously provided me with the directions towards my destination. The radio building. It was humongous. Unfortunately, everything there screams "Old!". I was intrigued by the radio deejays at work. One was even nearby, on the line with another person via his iPhone. He sounded exactly like the voice that seeped through my speakers in the morning.
I approached the elevator there. Yes, finally! An elevator present there. The elevator seemed like those banal ones that workers use to transport goods in shopping centres. It creaks too. The doors opened and Jean Dankers voice boomed throughout that level. How intriguing. I glanced around and was appalled by the window located nearby. It was rather moldy and the hinges seemed to be rusting away.
Mediacorp is certainly a venue which brims with interesting activities that may lead your eyes ablaze with star-struckness. However, why dont't they renovate it? This vintage architecture is eerily intimidating. Even the dusty vending machines available there didn't seem trustworthy in terms of age.
Unhappily ever after
Double Happiness was the last local drama I followed religiously. For the last episode of the first series, I even took a cab and rushed home from school just so I wouldn't miss a second of it. It was a huge disappointment.
After experiencing all the ups and downs through 70 episodes of the show, you want everything to turn out well and reach the proverbial happy ending. Especially when the dam show is called Double Happiness and the plot revolves around a restaurant named Happy Fish. What happened was the exact opposite. The details are so forgettable that I've already forgotten them. But it involves a series of bad news hitting the poor old mother who then had a heart attack, adding to the collective sorrow and melancholy of the show and eventually culminated into a cry fest where every single character, if not outright bawling their eyes out, is standing around looking forlorn and miserable.
With lasting images of those anguish faces etched in our minds, the show ends. I was shocked. Is this what we have waited 70 episodes for?! I understand that they wanna set the stage for the second series of the show, but TOTAL DESPAIR?!
I resolved to temper my expectations for any shows by mediacorp hereafter. I still watch local dramas now and then, because I feel that it is still funny and engaging. But I am no longer tempted to follow a show from start to finish. Mediacorp have an annoying habit of ruining the last episode of a great show. Nowadays, whenever I hear people complaining of some shitty open-ended ending following a great series, I nod my head sagely and say,' I told you so.'
Every dog has its day
Every dog has its day and I think the days of Mediacorp is over. It is sickening when I am free on weekends and want to watch some nice TV programmes in the afternoon, there will be no good programmes to watch at all. Weekend afternoons are mainly showing repeated shows or very old shows.
If you think TV is really free, it is not. Every household will need to pay TV and Radio license, although this payment may be to the government and not to Mediacorp. Since I am paying and so many other households in Singapore are paying, then the amount should be significant enough for us to ask for viewable programs. I think Mediacorp is spreading itself too thin to branch into the new media and thus placing less emphasis on TV.
Drama serials seems gotten worse over the years
During my primary school days, I remember that I was made to finish my homework first before I could watch TV. I hated doing homework but did so anyway because I didn't want to miss any episode of my favourite Channel 8 or 5 drama. Back then, that was how good local television was. Shows such as The Unbeatables and Holland V were absolutely irresistible and addictive - much like Hong Kong TVB dramas.
Right now, when I watch locally made dramas, I find them to be repetitive, unimaginative and not at all intriguing. Besides, some of the young actors and actresses that are employed by the company have way inferior acting abilities as compared to those I saw during my childhood.
If Mediacorp is to continue having the popularity it now enjoys, it sure needs to think of new ways to entertain.
For this review, I'm focusing on mediacorp's television channels. I think they their channels are pretty weak in delivering a variety of famous, international shows fast. It's probably because they take a long time to get distribution rights approval, but I would advise anyone who wants to watch shows like Glee, vampire diaries, grey's anatomy etc etc; movies etc etc, to get other channels like HBO or something.
Of course, in delivering local shows, mediacorp does well, and I think it's good that they are trying to promote local television, but their advertisements for these shows are horrible. They show the wrong footages and the announcer is just bad. They do not know how to give the right amount to the audience so as to create suspense.
Well, since mediacorp is free, it's not that bad if you aren't into television shows and movies. If you are, best to get a pay-for set of channels. Much better. Or turn to the online world, becaause shows that pass into Singapore often get badly censored by the MDA.
Could be better
I would probably have given this review a rating of 5 a few years back - I was an absolute fan of MediaCorp back then, going as far as to even pick up the phone to dial numbers for my favourite actresses. However, times have definitely changed, and as much as I hate to admit it, MediaCorp is definitely on the decline, and I hardly ever watch the channels from MediaCorp unless I'm really bored, or some new drama has captured my fancy.
MediaCorp attempts to keep up with the times by constantly churning out replicas of gameshows from other countries like America or Japan. However, what this only manages to achieve is make the company look like a complete poseur as those gameshows are usually a flop when it comes to local context, and it can get quite tiring to constantly see those shows on repeat.
Furthermore, with MediaCorp's tight industry of actors and actresses, it's getting quite a bore to constantly see the same few faces on various dramas. In fact, it's hardly surprising to see Jeanette Aw acting in a 7pm drama, only to see her lovely face once more during the 9pm one.
With the introduction of Cable TV into my home, MediaCorp channels have definitely taken a back seat. However, I still flick through Channel 5, Channel 8 and Channel U on occasion when I'm bored, and looking for some local humour. Locals shouldn't be too quick to diss MediaCorp though. Although the media company is on the decline, some of the TV productions are definitely better than certain Hong Kong dramas on Cable TV, and it's always refreshing to watch some local satire!
Somebody, give it some help.
I was once an avid supporter of Mediacorp and their shows. Honestly, my chidlhood days revolved around Channel 8, Channel U and Channel 5 shows. I can't even count the number of hours I used to spent watching television.
Maybe because I've grown up now - maturity sets in, and storylines churned out by the scriptwriters are becoming a complete bore to me.
Maybe because I've watched too many of Mediacorp shows - the same old faces in the drama serials are becoming less and less appealing, tiresome to even watch on. I'm sure many others out there can empathize with me and relate closely to my thoughts. Imagine watching Rui En in two separate drama serials that have their screening timings approximately only one hour apart.
There are obviously (abortive) attempts by the company to rescue the slowing declining population of Mediacorp's fans - the 30 golden years event held recently to commemorate the achievements and good old memories of Mediacorp. There were crude remarks that the event was simply redundant. (Ouch! But yeah, I agree.)
Instead of wasting time and efforts channelizing all of their resources to organize such frivolous and useless events to retain their viewers, why not spend it on grooming the new talents or increasing the budgets for the drama serials to allow greater variety and novelty in the plots? Is Mediacorp placing focus on entirely wrong areas?
I shall seek solace in drama serials that Mediacorp import from other countries for now. Thank god, at least they provide alternatives to the local shows.
I can't complain. Cause i don't have cable TV so im stucked with mediacorp shows all the time. Well, they have their hits and misses. Some of the shows are really tear-inducing, inspirational and helpful, but for the rest of the lot? Plain cliched scripts re-acted over and over again by different casts.
They do not have the horror of american shows, they do not have the drama of Hongkong dramas and they do not have the emotional factor of korean shows. But thank god for channel U and channel 5 by them for putting up these shows to give me a platform for comparison.
i guess we just can't compare to other countries.
Thank God for cable.
Mediacorp is lucky it doesn't have competition.
If it did though, it would be swallowed up whole. Delivering misses again and again, Mediacorp has proved itself utterly inadequate. The television programmes it produces are lackluster, the actors and actresses aren't a particularly talented bunch, it's just an utter trainwreck.
Sure, Mediacorp may have a few plus points that are its saving grace, but on the whole, it's a cliched little excuse for a media corporation and an utter disgrace for a media monopolizer in Singapore.