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S’pore is tops, but MSM does not report it

In Economy, Political economy on 09/04/2012 at 6:06 pm

Analysts Maplecroft rates five countries at the “extreme” level of risk for the pandemic spread of influenza, with Singapore top, followed by the UK, South Korea, the Netherlands and Germany.

Singapore is rated the highest for the speed at which influenza could spread, because of its dense population (all those FTs?) and its status as a global travel hub.

BBC article.

Joint footie bid: Dog that didn’t bark?

In Media, Telecoms on 11/05/2010 at 10:01 am

Kinda strange that the authorities here have outsourced to FIFA and its commercial agent S’pore’s competition law when it comes to the media . How come the StarHub and SingTel joint bid was allowed by the competition authority? Or is it the anti-competition authority?

Although SingTel and StarHub were planning for a joint bid, Fifa eventually awarded them individual non-exclusive broadcast rights instead, the telcos revealed.

Joint bids are frowned upon as it could set a precedence for other broadcasters to follow suit and thin the coffers from media licensing.

(Part of BT report)

Update

Was told by two eminent persons, one lawyer and another an economist, that many sectors or industries are exempted from the competition laws. They have unprintable views on these exemptions.

Media is exempted from the act, and comes under the purview of Media Development Authority. A third person, not so eminent, in fact downright obscure and usually unreliable, tells me that MDA does not do anti-competition. Witness  its refusal to step in when StarHub had EPL exclusively. Only the row over the price SingTel paid, got it thinking how to have proper competition policies.


Always be sceptical of media hype

In Media on 10/12/2009 at 6:45 am

Especially where it has vested interests: a cautionary tale.

Makes you want to cheer MM Lee on when he criticises the media.

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