Milestone

2016

South China Morning Post Publishers Limited wins 11 awards at the Media Convergence Awards 2015 with the South China Morning Post and ELLE. The SCMP snatched seven Golds, including the coveted Gold in Overall Excellence, marking the second time that the SCMP has netted this accolade.

The SCMP Group reports a revenue of HK$1,121.7 million in 2015 with a net profit attributable to shareholders at HK$316.2 million, which includes a HK$191.4 million fair value gain on investment properties and a HK$65.1 million gain on partial disposal of interests in an associate of the Group. Carving out these exceptional items, net profit attributable to shareholders is HK$59.7 million, compared with HK$125.4 million in 2014. The lower net profit is mainly due to lower advertising sales resulting from the slowdown in retail sales in Hong Kong.

Following the completion of Alibaba Group’s acquisition of the South China Morning Post and its associated media assets, the online and mobile editions of the SCMP become free to access. Concurrent to the paywall removal, a new SCMP Mobile app is launched, featuring functionalities such as search, personalisation, faster loading time, deep linking from social media and easy navigation.

HK Magazine celebrates 25th anniversary.

Mr Gary Liu is appointed the Chief Executive Officer of South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. Mr Liu is an influencer and innovator in digital media, having helped shape the narrative of how media touches people’s lives previously at Digg, Spotify, Google, and AOL.

2015

The SCMP Mobile Edition app for the Apple Watch is launched, heralding the SCMP as one of the first developers and publishers of Apple Watch apps.

The SCMP Group garners more than 90 accolades within the first quarter of the year, averaging one award every day from January to March 2015.

The Group reports a third consecutive billion-dollar revenue fiscal year at HK$1,241.2 million, an 8% increase from HK$1,146.6 million recorded in 2013. Adjusted operating profit for 2014 increases moderately by 4% to HK$167.7 million, as revenue growth is partly offset by increasing cost to support the Group’s new businesses.

Classified Post is relaunched with a new look; and cpjobs.com, a new flagship digital recruitment platform, is launched to offer jobseekers easier access to the latest and most relevant job opportunities.

Ms. Luisa Tam, a seasoned journalist and media veteran, is appointed Editor-in-Chief of HK Magazine.

The inaugural South China Morning Post China Conference is launched as a thought leadership platform that shares insights on Chinese enterprises’ global expansion.

The SCMP Group acquires a majority stake in MyDress Holdings Limited, operator of MyDress.com, a fashion eCommerce market leader in Hong Kong. This marks the Group’s first eCommerce venture.

The SCMP Group signs an agreement to print the International New York Times for mainland China and Hong Kong markets. The deal will come into effect in February 2016.

The SCMP Group enters into an agreement with Alibaba Group to sell the South China Morning Post and other media assets, including the magazine, recruitment, outdoor media, custom publishing, contract printing, events & conferences, education and digital media businesses.

2014

The South China Morning Post publishes a two-part eBook series, titled How the Umbrella Movement Unfolded that chronicles the historic Occupy Central movement.

Destination Macau and its sister publication DM Exclusive, two luxury Macau-focused lifestyle titles from the Group’s magazine portfolio, are revamped.

The SCMP Charity Art Auction, with patron sponsorship from Chow Tai Fook Jewellery and New World Development, raises over HK$3 million from the community in seed funding to finance four social responsibility programmes managed by St. James’ Settlement, the Society for Community Organization (SoCO) and the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.

EsquireHK.com is launched, establishing Esquire as the first and only international men’s fashion & lifestyle media brand with a localized multimedia online presence in Hong Kong.

Operation Santa Claus, the annual fundraising campaign jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and Radio Television Hong Kong for the past 27 years, raises over HK$20 million in charitable donations for the second consecutive year.

The SCMP Group acquires publisher Destination Macau Limited which publishes luxury lifestyle titles Destination Macau and DM Exclusive, further consolidating the Group’s market share in the South China region’s luxury lifestyle media space.

The Group reports that its revenue in 2013 rises by 12% to HK$1,146.6 million from $1,019.6 million in 2012. Profit attributable to shareholders, however, declines 29% from $316.3 million to $223.7 million, mainly due to the decline in revaluation gain on our portfolio of investment properties, increase in staff expenses to support revenue growth and the further development of growth businesses including HK Magazine and EducationPost.com.hk.

2013

SCMP Group Ltd announces consolidated operating results of the Company for the twelve months ended 31 December 2012. Group revenue rose 8% to $1019.6million in 2012, marking the first time since 2008 the company revenues exceeded $1 billion. Revenue growth is attributed to new acquisitions and new revenue sources. Heavy investments in future growth impacted profit, which declined by 20%, from $409.9million to $329.1million.

SCMP launches the all-new STYLE magazine in March, revamping the previous Style magazine with a monthly larger format glossy publication focusing on the world of culture and luxury for the discerning followers of avant-garde. Style Magazine later wins Marketing Magazine’s Best Relaunch of the Year.

In April, SCMP launches 48 Hours, a new guide to the weekend, inserted in South China Morning Post and available at retail for $18.

In May, SCMP launches a new smartphone app called SCMP NewsPulse, viewable on any smartphone device. Over the next two months, smartphone apps are also launched for Classified Post, Jiu Jik, Smartjob and Education Post.

SCMP completes acquisition of the Hong Kong business of Asia City Media Group Ltd in July, bringing into the Group some of the city’s strongest English language lifestyle titles: HK Magazine, The List, Where Hong Kong, The Where Guestbook, and Where Chinese玩儿, the HK Magazine website, The List website, HK Magazine Tablet app and the Happy Hour Finder app.

In August, South China Morning Post launches an HTML5 tablet edition. The new SCMP tablet edition features a highly visual and interactive user interface, optimal navigation and a customizable template, and is accessible on any tablet device with an internet connection.

2012

Wang Xiangwei, a 16-year veteran Editor of the South China Morning Post was promoted to Editor-in-Chief on 31st January, with Kenneth Howe and Tammy Tam as his deputies.

Operation Santa Claus announced results for the 2011 campaign in which an all-time fundraising high of $17.5m was reached, benefitting 16 charities.

A new online jobs portal smartjob.com was launched in February, targeting mid to mass market job seekers.

Robin Hu joined as CEO on 25th June, as Managing Director and CEO, Ms Hui Kuok stood down, retaining her position on the Board as Executive Director.

SCMP Group extended its partnership with Hearst Magazines International to form SCMP Hearst HK Ltd to publish ELLE and its related website, Car and Driver website, and other consumer-based business and strengthening the group’s line-up of women’s magazines, which includes Cosmopolitan, CosmoGirl!. ELLE and Harper’s BAZAAR.

South China Morning Post won 64 awards in editorial and journalism excellence, including 11 at the SOPA (Society of Publishers in Asia) Awards, more than any other newspaper in the region.

SCMP Group extended its contract with local newspaper AM730 to print the entire circulation run.

Newly-built website SCMP.com launched on 31st August, marking the first major overhaul of the site since it began.

A new primary student newspaper Posties was launched in July, evolving from a summer holiday paper to a term time weekly.

2011

SCMP Group promoted Director of Advertising and Marketing Services, Ms. Elsie Cheung, to Chief Operating Officer; in charge of all commercial operations of the Group with effect from 10th January.

South China Morning Post re-launched with a contemporary new look and extensive new content. This was headlined by 5 new unique daily tabloid supplements covering Money, Health, Food & Wine, Lifestyle and Family, becoming the first English-language newspaper in Hong Kong to deliver a daily tabloid supplement.

Chinese-language recruitment publication Jiu Jik celebrated its 10th Anniversary with an integrated marketing campaign and the industry’s first job speed-dating event. The campaign attracted thousands of job seekers.

Annual community fundraising programme, Operation Santa Claus, raised more than HK$13 million in support of 14 charities and 2 social enterprise projects. In all, 88 corporations, 36 schools, 15 clubs and associations, and thousands of individuals took part in the fundraising campaign.

2010

In February, Classified Post launched a new look for print and online, and introduced a new free tabloid targeted at young executives.

Dr. Fred Hu Zu Liu was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company, with effect from 23rd March.

South China Morning Post announced its new iPad app on 23rd July, the same day iPad launched in Hong Kong.

Construction of the irrigation, access and facilities infrastructure began in Ma Jia Xiang, a village in Jiu Zai Gou. Completion of the SCMP “Homes for Hope” project was scheduled for the end of 2010.

South China Morning Post won a record haul of 58 awards, including 16 prizes at The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong, 10 at the Society of Publishers in Asia Editorial Awards, 12 at the Annual Human Rights Press Awards, 6 from the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association, 6 from the Society for News Design and 6 from the IFRA 9th Annual Asian Media Awards.

2009

SCMP Group appointed Dr. David J. Pang as Non-Executive Chairman, and Ms. Kuok Hui Kwong as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1st January.

The South China Morning Post appointd Reg Chua as Editor-in-Chief in July, responsible for editorial direction and newsroom operations.

The South China Morning Post and Sunday Morning Post won an impressive haul of media awards, including an unprecedented 8 top awards and 4 honourable mentions at one of Asia’s most prestigious journalism competitions, the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Editorial Awards, 2 at the Annual Human Rights Press Awards, and 4 from the Society for News Design, competing against 11,000 entries submitted by 346 newspapers in 43 countries.

Maxim ceased operations in China.

Automobile, the longest history car title in the local market, celebrated its 30th birthday in 2009. SCMP outsourced all business activities of Automobile to Nuovo Grafica Publications Limited for a royalty fee.

The annual Operation Santa Claus campaign raised HK$11.8 million to support 13 charities.

Sichuan Earthquake Anniversary Gala Dinner raised over HK$3 million for earthquake victims with Mr. Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of HKSAR, as guest of honour.

By the end of the year, SCMP “Homes For Hope” completed the construction of 980 homes for 2,432 people in County Mianzhu, uniting three devasted villages into one larger village, Qing Quan, with earthquake-proof homes and improved infrastructure and access.

2008

South China Morning Post celebrated the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a special editorial series and a website titled “Passport to the Beijing Olympics”.

South China Morning Post launched charity relief effort “Homes For Hope” in response to the massive Sichuan earthquake in which 70,000 people were killed, 400,000 were injured, and millions were left homeless. HK$16.1 million was raised for the construction of homes and improved infrastructure.

SCMP Group launched women’s magazine, InStyle, in June in China.

Operation Santa Claus 2008 raised HK$11 million for 13 beneficiaries.

SCMP Group realised an income of HK$52.4 million by selling its music publishing company (Capital Artists) and its video film production business.

2007

South China Morning Post unveiled a new look on 26th March with the aim of making the newspaper more engaging and enjoyable for readers, with a cleaner and clearer approach.

SCMP.com re-launched on 30th May with a new look offering more than 20 new features and interactive functions, and a more user-friendly interface.

2006

South China Morning Post hosted the Style Awards in partnership with Harper’s BAZAAR. Readers of both publications voted for their choice of the city’s style icons with awards presented at a lavish ceremony.

2005

Official opening of Guangzhou Video-Film Advertising Limited, a subsidiary of Guangzhou Video-Film on 12th April.

SCMP.com became the first newspaper site in Asia to launch podcasts of its news content.

Launch of China Business, a monthly pull-out devoted to an in-depth sector-by-sector analysis of the mainland business scene.

SCMP.com launched Greater China Outlook, a daily digest of news, business, technology and lifestyle story summaries available in simplified and traditional Chinese.

SCMP.com became the first newspaper in Hong Kong to adopt citizen journalism with the launch of Citizen Post, timed to coincide with the WTO Conference.

South China Morning Post held a conference entitled “The Role of Print in the Marketing Mix” in association with the International Newspaper Marketing Association and the HK4As.

Operation Santa Claus raised HK$12.18 million in cash, goods and services for 12 local charities – the first time in its 18-year history that the campaign broke the $10 million dollar mark.

2004

Launched Maxim Hong Kong edition on 1st April.

Sale of Daily Stop to 7-Eleven as part of the Group’s disposal of non-core businesses.

The Centenary campaign culminated on 9th November with the South China Morning Post Centenary Conference and Cocktail Reception.

Operation Santa Claus Save the Children of the Asian Tsunami Campaign raised over HK$10.2 million for UNICEF in less than two weeks.

2003

The Relaunched South China Morning Post anchored on three sections – Main, Business and City on 4th March.

Launched the Project Shield campaign to help protect medical workers handling the SARS outbreak. The campaign received an extraordinary response from the community, raising $20.84 million within a month.

South China Morning Post launched three projects to commemorate its centenary – Centenary Exhibition in October, Centenary Race meeting in Happy Valley on 4th November, and publication of “Post Impressions” on 6th November, the intend magazine covered company events, staff appointments and news within SCMP.

South China Morning Post centenary edition published on 6th November.

2002

Partnership entered into with the MTR Corporation for the exclusive distribution of Jiu Jik across its metro rail network twice a week.

Sale of clubs/kindergarten businesses as part of the Group’s strategy to focus on core publishing products.

SCMP.com went from being a free service to a subscription-based service, branded SCMP.com Premium View in February.

Launched Classified Plus in November.

2001

SCMP Book Publishing celebrated 20th Anniversary.

Daily Stop celebrated 20th Anniversary.

Re-launched Business Post on 4th June.

Launched a weekly bi-lingual recuitment magazine, Jiu Jik, on 7th June.

Launched CosmoGirl! in September.

2000

Newspaper redesigned in May.

Group website SCMPGroup.com launched in October.

Education section launched in November.

1999

PostNet was renamed SCMP.com Limited.

Launched redesigned www.scmp.com

Launched redesigned careers.scmp.com, the online career resource site in October.

TVE’s Chinese language publishing activities were injected into a 51% joint venture with Haymarket Publishing Group Ltd, aimed at building a strong portfolio of leading Chinese language magazines targeted at the Greater China market.

1998

Ceased to be a Hang Seng Index constituent stock.

Established a news bureau in Guangzhou to complement the bureaux in Beijing and Shanghai.

1997

Launched the Hong Kong handover website hongkong97.com.hk to provide 30 hours of non-stop live video coverage of the handover.

Launched www.classifiedpost.com

1996

Acquired TVE (Holdings) Ltd, thus expanding the Group’s business to include entertainment, recreation and leisure services, production of commercial films and property investment.

Launched the South China Morning Post on the internet in December.

1995

Relocated the newspaper printing and distribution centre to the new plant in Tai Po. Sold headquarters building in Quarry Bay to Swire for HK$500 million.

Established PostNet as the digital arm of the Group. Ceased publishing Wah Kiu Yat Po.

1994

News Corp Ltd disposed of the remaining 15.1% stake in the Company to MUI Media Ltd, a company controlled by Malayan United Industries Bhd in Kuala Lumpur.

1993

Mr. Kuok Hock Nien’s Kerry Media Ltd acquired 34.9% of the Company from News Corp Ltd.

1992

Acquired the Chinese language newspaper, Wah Kiu Yat Po.

Expanded publishing interests overseas by acquiring over a stake of over 15% (21.3% in 2006) in The Post Publishing Co Ltd, which publishes the Bangkok Post and Post Today.

1990

South China Morning Post (Holdings) Ltd was incorporated in Bermuda as the new holding company of the Group.

Re-listed on 26th June by offering 262.5 million shares to the public.

1987

Privatised by News Corp Ltd.; sold interests in the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review.

1986

The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corp Ltd and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd (both HK-listed companies) collectively sold a 34.9% interest to The News Corp Ltd, who also acquired 18.9%

stake in  Dow Jones’, thus becoming the controlling shareholder of the Company.

1971

Listed in November.

Diversified into security printing, commercial printing and printing for the packaging industry.

Acquired interests in the publishers of the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review.

1903

Business established under “South China Morning Post Ltd” to publish the South China Morning Post (“SCMP”), the leading English language newspaper in Hong Kong and Greater China.

First issue printed on 6th November.