Four Major Excellence Awards to Fairfax Business Media

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Digital and print publications by Fairfax Business Media (FBM) won four major awards for excellence at the second annual Magazine Publishers' Association of Singapore (MPAS) dinner last night. Asia's leading enterprise IT web portal http://www.mis-asia.com won the gold award for the Best Online Magazine of the Year, and CIO Asia, which has the tag line 'Business Technology Leadership', won the gold award for the Best Business and Finance magazine for 2010. CIO Asia also took out the silver award for the Best Trade Magazine of the Year, and its sister publication, MIS Asia, with its tag line 'Managing Information Strategies', also won the bronze award for the Best Trade Magazine of the Year.

Digital and print publications by Fairfax Business Media (FBM) won four major awards for excellence at the second annual Magazine Publishers' Association of Singapore (MPAS) dinner last night.

Asia's leading enterprise IT web portal http://www.mis-asia.com won the gold award for the Best Online Magazine of the Year, and CIO Asia, which has the tag line 'Business Technology Leadership', won the gold award for the Best Business and Finance magazine for 2010.

CIO Asia also took out the silver award for the Best Trade Magazine of the Year, and its sister publication, MIS Asia, with its tag line 'Managing Information Strategies', also won the bronze award for the Best Trade Magazine of the Year.

The MPAS Magazine Awards 2010 dinner was one of the first to be held at the Hard Rock Hotel, part of the Resorts Word complex on Sentosa island, which houses the first to Singapore's two new casinos. It was attended by publishers and senior executives from media, press, advertising and PR agencies. The awards night was sponsored by Pressmart, KHL, global paper manufacturer sappi, naumi, the Rang Mahal Pavilion and m(int.) magazine integrated.

MIS Asia and CIO Asia are specialist regional publications that circulate across Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

MPAS is the representative organisation of Singapore's magazine print publishing and online publishing industry.

The http://www.mis-asia.com web portal has been live since August 2008 and includes blogs by IT experts, multi-media content such as video and podcasts, plus frequently updated enterprise IT news and analysis from Fairfax Media - Australia's biggest publisher. The portal also draws on stories and features from the more than 300 IT magazines across the globe licensed under the International Data Group (IDG).

Fairfax Business Media, based in Singapore, also publishes Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia magazines. It is a division of Fairfax Media, Australia's biggest publisher.

FBM Director and Publisher, Andrew Smart, said that the awards - determined by independent judges - were an acknowledgement of the professionalism and skill of the entire Asia team of Fairfax Business Media , plus the commitment and loyalty of the senior IT executive subscribers and readers of the digital and hard copy publications.

"Our research shows that our hard copy magazines are read cover to cover by senior IT decision makers, and they are also circulated widely through major organisations, so they continue to provide a great opportunity for advertisers to reach the people who make the IT spending decisions," Smart said.

FBM managing editor, Ross O. Storey, is the editor of MIS Asia and CIO Asia magazines.

"Arguably, our magazines have the most comprehensive sources of content of any publishing group in the Asia Pacific region, so they are definitely a 'a must read' for senior executives," Storey said.

"Our web portal has gone from strength to strength and the gold award is testimony to the hard work and commitment of our team, headed by online editor Zafar Anjum, which now constantly upgrades the portal, while also circulating 19 different specialist e-newsletters weekly."

**About Fairfax Business Media

Fairfax Business Media Asia publishes CIO Asia, MIS Asia, Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia magazines. It is part of Australia's Fairfax Media, Australasia's leading media company with titles such as the Australian Financial Review, Business Review Weekly, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Age and The Canberra Times.

Fairfax Business Media's comprehensive web portal (http://www.mis-asia.com) provides access to its publications plus exclusive online-only content. The MIS Asia web portal has grown substantially, now providing essential enterprise IT news, from FBM's comprehensive global, regional and local sources.

**About The Magazine Publishers Association of Singapore

The Magazine Publishers Association of Singapore is the representative organisation of Singapore's magazine print publishing and online publishing industry. The organisation aims to work towards a professionally successful, reputable and responsible magazine publishing industry (print and online) in Singapore . By serving as an authoritative and representative platform for the magazine publishing industry, the organisation develops and enhances the education, training, management and business expertise of magazine publishing professionals.

For inquiries on the 2010 Fairfax Business Media MPAS Awards:
Contact: Ross O. Storey - W: +65 6395 8058

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