HM kicked off its 25 th anniversary celebrations by staging a road-show called “Jelajah Ledakan 25 Tahun Harian Metro”.
• Stadium Darulaman, Alor Setar, Kedah on March 5,
• Dataran Tanjung Emas, Muar, Johor on March 19
• Padang MPK3, Kuantan, Pahang on March 26
• Miri City Fan, Miri, Sarawak on April 16
• Kuching Waterfront, Kuching, Sarawak on May 21
The final concert and carnival was held at Setia City Park, Setia Alam, Selangor on April 2 and 3.
In conjunction with its modest 25th Anniversary milestone in March, HM launched its online television called Metro TV featuring video content on news, features and entertainment such as Metro@7 andKalendar Jenayah.
On March 21, NSTP launched the first issue of S&W (Speed & Wheels), a free monthly e-magazine in Bahasa featuring event reviews and updates, tips, products review and critics, guides and advise on vehicle related activities.
HM was the first in the Media Prima Group to utilise Facebook live services by reporting an accident at MidValley on March 22. FB Live later became an integral tool providing customised content to suit NSTP’s audience.
Dhiya, a specially dedicated free monthly Bahasa e-magazine for Muslim women with contents on fashion, health, beauty, religious issues and motivational life stories was introduced May 8. Dhiya is targeted to fit the lifestyle of hijab wearing women as young as the age of 18 to 45.
On May 16, an interactive education portal and mobile application leveraging on Malaysian major examinations; UPSR, PT3 and SPM called FullAMark was launched by the Minister of Education. The ceremony was held at SK Bukit Jelutong Shah Alam.
The portal helps students practice new exercise every week and also make exercise intensively and practically every week. The exercises provided are based on the syllabus and latest assessment set by the Examination Board and prepared by the writers of the educational pullout of BH newspapers- DIDIK, MINDA and SKOR and educational pullout of NST, New School Times.
L.E.T, which stands for Lifestyle, Entertainment and Travel is NSTP’s first English e-magazine and was launched on June 1. Targeting readers aged 20 years and above, the ‘Lifestyle’ section features varied topics skewed towards personalities and luxury; ‘Entertainment’ focuses both local and foreign talents while ‘Travel’ covers destinations of interest mainly to high society travellers.
On June 1, NSTP Art Gallery (founded in 1994) was moved to a newly transformed building (formerly of press printing hall) at Balai Berita Bangsar and renamed Galeri Prima. Under the wings of New Straits Times (NST), this has enabled NSTP to bring up the level of its artistic journey as the Galeri is not only a platform for art exhibition but also to house art trading and auction activities, including art workshops.
Launched on July 17, Harian Metro Mountain Bike Grand Prix App is a free game application developed based on Harian Metro Mountain Bike Grand Prix event organised by HM since 2013. The game enables mobile users to choose their own riders and bicycle designs as well as interesting range of realistic mountain biking trails.
Mag Street which was launched on September 16, is NSTP’s owned content aggregator platform providing easy and quick access to e-magazine, digital news titles, education portal and mobile apps. It connects readers to comprehensive and attractive digital contents that include entertainment, lifestyle, technology, news, auto and education.
BHTV Capsule was introduced and aired on early September as another digital initiative by NSTP to allow readers to browse and watch videos on special interest topics such as Liga M & Bicara EPL, Jom Tanya Ustaz, Apa Kes?, IQ Didik, Viral and Soal Jawab via BH YouTube and BH Facebook.
Two printing plants; Balai Berita Ajil, Terengganu and Balai Berita Senai, Johor were closed in December as part of NSTP’s Plant Rationalisation exercise, targeted to reduce the biggest cost – Human Resource – annually by RM13mil. Apart from this, plant operating cost and depreciation of property and machinery were significantly