MediaCorp

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Best known for their radio and television power
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3.5
Value 
 
3.5
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4.0
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3.5
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3.5
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3.5
You might not know this, but Mediacorp also have a publications arm. The likes of FHM, Style Men, and 8 Days are products of this media conglomerate. Although no SPH, I feel that they have done remarkable well in crafting a market for themselves.

But then again, their true strength lies in the field of radio and television. Broadcast media is their forte, as practically every radio station lies in their hands. 987fm, Class 95FM, YES 933, all of those money-spinners belong to Mediacorp. I enjoy their products - as limited as Singapore is in terms of media production, they have done their best to keep things fresh and exciting, and I respect them for it.

One of two main media powers in Singapore, and growing stronger day by day.

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Could be better
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3.5
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3.5
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3.5
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3.5
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!

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Unhappily ever after
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3.0
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.'

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Getting stale really fast.
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2.5
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3.0
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3.0
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2.5
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2.5
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2.5
I enjoyed watching television as a kid. nowadays, especially Mediacorp programming. Nowadays, I hardly watch it, except for a few dramas and sitcoms.

I find that their level of creativity and programming is going downhill. I mean, we all still ridicule at Mediacorp's laughable attempt to recreate the Singaporean version of Wheel Of Fortune! and their insistence of showing repeated episodes of drams gone past in the afternoons is certainly tiresome.

MediaCorp is the only thing we have in Singapore, that's why we have no choice but to submit to it's offerings. Thank goodness for cable TV and internet radio, which offer viewers and listeners far more substance!
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Cliche.
Overall Rating 
 
2.5
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.
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Somebody, give it some help.
Overall Rating 
 
2.0
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.
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Thank God for cable.
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0.5
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.
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Ancient
(Updated: April 22, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Value 
 
4.5
Service 
 
5.0
Quality 
 
1.5
Satisfaction 
 
4.5
Overall Rating 
 
4.5
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.

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Creativity level decreasing...
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
I appreciate having MediaCorp in Singapore because it provides me with local entertainment, from radio to television. My favourite station, 987FM, is under MediaCorp, and I am a regular viewer of local Chinese dramas on Channel 8 (because my sister loves to watch them and I have no choice but to watch as well).

The only thing I have against MediaCorp is that their local dramas are getting more and more typical and predictable, and nowadays, it's as if the story of one drama is recycled and adjusted slightly before being turned into a new show. The scriptwriters at MediaCorp seriously need to start using more creativity in their stories and find something new before every plot in the future becomes stale and boring.

Also, it's a terrible idea to reuse the same rising stars a couple of times in a row. It can get sickening watching the same actors over and over, especially if they are new, they only end up becoming overrated. I mean, it's great that they are getting exposure and all, but please spread their appearances out evenly....

Alright, all the negatives aside, MediaCorp is still something Singaporeans should be proud of, because it is such a successful company. Some of the dramas air beyond Singapore, which is pretty cool to me. I will keep on supporting MediaCorp, with hopes that the script of the dramas will get better over the years, and not get more and more similar!
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Televisually, no.
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
Satisfaction 
 
3.0
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3.0
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.
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