Singapore, 2 February 2015 – RHT ARC Comms & Relations Pte Ltd (“RHT Comms & Relations” or “the Firm”) announces the appointment of two of Singapore’s leading media professionals, Mr. P.N. Balji and Mr. Woon Tai Ho, as senior media consultants to the Firm.
As senior consultants, Mr. Balji and Mr. Woon will be instrumental in advising the Firm’s clients on issues related to public relations, reputation management, media engagement, thought leadership, and crisis scenario planning and management. The two bring extensive media experience to the Firm, having each played major roles in the founding and expansion of landmark media institutions in Singapore.
Senior Consultant Mr. P.N. Balji brings over four decades of journalistic experience to the position and is one of Singapore’s most accomplished and recognized media personalities. Having worked in journalism in Singapore since 1970, Mr. Balji played a vital role in the launch of two of Singapore’s leading daily newspapers, The New Paper and Today, of which he served as its Chief Executive Officer cum Editor-in-Chief.
He has been a leading media personality and is much sought after to provide insights on the changing media scene in Singapore and its impact on consumers of news.
Mr. Balji is currently an editor of the digital newspaper The Independent Singapore, and is an active contributor for The Edge Review as well as Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post.
He is also well-known in the public relations industry, having previously started two communications companies and provided consulting services to a wide range of government and private sector organisations.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Balji said, “I am looking forward to working with RHT Comms, as this young company not only brings to the table a team of highly capable PR practitioners, but also top legal professionals who view media as an important and strategic component of their work.”
Senior Media Consultant Mr. Woon Tai Ho brings with him a deep knowledge of traditional and digital media with first-hand media and marketing experience working across Asia, principally Southeast Asia, India and China. He is highly sought after for developing brand positioning and brand values, as well as designing media and marketing plans.
He is best known for starting the Asian-wide news channel, Channel NewsAsia in 1999, and was an instrumental figure in the creation, production and marketing of award-winning broadcast channels, programmes and documentaries.
He also served as CEO of MediaCorp News from 2004-2009.
Mr. Woon said, “In Singapore, the media landscape is changing faster than any other area. I am excited to stay in the media space as it is the best way to stay relevant in this digital media era.”
RHT Comms & Relations CEO Mr. James Allan said, “The addition of Mr. P.N. Balji and Mr. Woon Tai Ho – two of Singapore’s most acclaimed and recognized media professionals – will further strengthen RHT Comms & Relations’ abilities to provide highly-sophisticated media consulting services to its growing portfolio of clients. With decades of regional knowledge and experience, and established networks with Singapore’s leading media institutions, these two individuals will provide our clients with unparalleled access to media both in Singapore and across the ASEAN region.
RHT Comms & Relations is a subsidiary of RHT Lex Ultra Pte Ltd, the ultimate holding company of the RHT Group of Companies, The Leading Professional Services Group.
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