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Rediffusion Singapore (Chinese: 丽的呼声), started in 1949, is the first cable-transmitted radio station in Singapore. It was a Singapore subsidiary of the Broadcast Relay Services (Overseas) Ltd. It was also Singapore's only subscription radio service. Due to decreasing subscription, it closed in 2012. On closure, a former Rediffusion Singapore deejay, Eva Chang Mei Hsiang, bought the radio station and in 2013 re-open the radio station as an online radio station.[1]

Rediffusion Singapore was founded in 1949 as a result of the success encountered in radio broadcasting in Singapore, particularly in the post-World War II era. The cable radio service was seen as a remedy against poor reception which affected certain housing estates until then. Rediffusion Singapore was operated by Overseas Rediffusion, a subsidiary of the Rediffusion broadcasting business based in the United Kingdom, from the former's foundation until the late 1980s, when the British-owned Rediffusion conglomerate was broken up.

Since 2000, Rediffusion Singapore has been providing digital radio services in Singapore.

On 15 April 2005, the Media Development Authority issues a five-year licence to Rediffusion Singapore for a subscriber-only Digital Audio Broadcasting service, making it the world's first.[2]

Rediffusion has gone off air on 30 April 2012 but it resumed broadcasting on 11 November 2013 using the internet to transmit their programs.[3]

See also[]

  • Rediffusion
  • Associated-Rediffusion
  • Rediffusion Television (Hong Kong, now known as Asia Television)
  • Red FM (Malaysia): former Rediffusion Malaysia
  • Starcom Network - formerly Radio Distribution (Barbados) Limited


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