Channel 8 (Singapore)
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|Launched||23 November 1963|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
(Heavy entertainment, fresh and quick)
|Headquarters||Mediacorp Campus, 1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507|
|Sister channel(s)||Channel U|
|Digital terrestrial television||Channel 3|
|StarHub TV||Channel 103 (HD)|
|Singtel TV||Channel 3 (HD)|
Channel 8 is a Singaporean free-to-air television channel, airing in Mandarin-language. It was created by Radio and Television Singapore on 23 November 1963.
Channel 8 officially began broadcasting on 23 November 1963 as "Saluran 8 Televisyen Singapura" and aired at first in Chinese (including Mandarin, dialects of Chinese and Cantonese) and Tamil. Its sister station Saluran 5 Televisyen Singapura was launched on 2 April 1963 with a mix of English and Malay-language shows. Following the separation from Malaysia in 1965, Channel 8 became part of Television Singapore, and was later integrated as part of "Radio Television Singapore". This led to the expansions of the network, including a move to the new $3.6 million Television Centre in Caldecott Hill on 27 August 1966.
Channel 8 began broadcasting in colour on 1 May 1974. In 1978, all its Chinese language programming as well as advertisments, as a result of the government's Speak Mandarin Campaign, were broadcast solely in the Mandarin dialect. It started airing 24 hours a day on 1 September 1995, becoming a Mandarin-language only channel as all its Tamil programs were transferred to a new channel, Prime 12. It was privatised on 12 February 2001.
Its long line of Chinese language dramas, a source of pride for Singapore's Chinese-speaking community, began in the fall of 1982.