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The South China Morning Post, together with its Sunday edition, the Sunday Morning Post, is the dominant English-language newspaper in Hong Kong, with a circulation of 104,000. Published by the SCMP Group, the South China Morning Post has a higher print circulation than its main competitors in Hong Kong, The Standard and the International Herald Tribune. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Below is a list of newspapers in Hong Kong, categorized by language. ... The SCMP Group (HKSE: 0583) is the publisher of South China Morning Post, and the Hong Kong edition of Cosmopolitan, Maxim, etc. ... The Standard,29 September 2004 Mr. ... The International Herald Tribune is a widely read English language international newspaper. ...

The editor is CK Lau, who replaced Mark Clifford after his departure in April 2007.




South China Morning Post Ltd was founded in 1903. The first edition of the paper published on November 6, 1903. In November 1971, it was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It was privatised by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in 1987, and relisted in 1990. 1900 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... Other Hong Kong topics Culture - Education Geography - History - Politics Hong Kong Portal The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Traditional Chinese: , also 港交所; abbreviated as HKEX ; SEHK: 0388) is the stock exchange of Hong Kong. ... Keith Rupert Murdoch AC, KCSG (born 11 March 1931) is an Australian born, American citizen who is a global media executive and is the controlling shareholder, chairman and managing director of News Corporation, based in New York. ... News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: NWS, LSE: NCRA) is one of the worlds largest media conglomerates. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ...

Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok's Kerry Media bought the controlling interest from News Corp in October 1993. His son, Kuok Khoon Ean, took over as chairman at the end of 1997. Robert Kuok Hock Nien (郭鶴年, pinyin: Guō Hènián) (born October 6, 1923, in Johor Bahru, in then Malaya) is reputedly the richest man in Malaysia. ... Robert Kuok Hock Nien (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Hanyu Pinyin: ) (born October 6, 1923, in Johor Bahru, Johore), is a Malaysian Chinese businessman. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...

Circulation and profitability

The paper has a circulation which has remained relatively constant at 104,000 copies since 2000, but is lower than a decade ago. The average audited circulation for the first half of 2006 stood at 104,415, while its Sunday edition, the Sunday Morning Post has a readership of 80,498. Its readership outside Hong Kong remains at some 6,825 copies for the same period, again, relatively unchanged[1]. It also had the enviable position as the most profitable newspaper in the world on a "per reader" basis, profit declined since peaking in 1997 at HK$805 million[2], yet its growth potential is viewed as being largely dependent on its ability to penetrate the wider Chinese market[3].

The Group reported net profit of HK$338 million for the year 2006 (2005 = HK$246m), the operating profit of HK$419m (2005 = HK$306m) was attributable mainly to the newspaper operation.[4].

The selling price of the paper is HK$7 each from Monday to Saturday, and HK$8 for the Sunday Morning Post. Discounted price is given for students' subscription. Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ...


The printed version of the Post is in a broadsheet format which has the following sections: Main, City, Sport, Business, Classifieds, Property (Wednesday), Racing (Wednesday), Technology (Tuesday), Education (Saturday), STYLE magazine (first Friday of every month); the Sunday edition contains Main, a Review section, a Post Magazine, Racing and "Young Post", targeted at the younger readers.

On March 26, 2007, the post was given a face-lift, with new presentation and fonts[5]. A font can mean: A member of a typeface family; or digital font - file format that encapsulates a typeface family in a database. ...

Online version

Scmp.com is a subscription-only service, which also allows the retrieval of archive articles dating back from 1993. It was launched online in December 1996. Unlike the online business model of The Standard, whose archives dating from 1995 to date are freely accessible online, access to the Post's articles are restricted to subscribers only. The subscription business model is a business model that has long been used by magazines and record clubs, but the application of this model is spreading. ... An archive refers to a collection of records, and also refers to the location in which these records are kept. ...


  • Three prizes at the 6th Asia Media Awards, namely the Bronze Award in the Best in Newspaper Design category, the Silver Award in Feature Photography and the Bronze Award in News Photography.
  • Caring Company status by the Hong Kong Council of Social Services for its "Operation Santa Claus" (OSC) project in February 2007.
  • 14 prizes, with a clean sweep in the business news writing categories in the Hong Kong News Awards 2006.
  • Five awards from the 37th Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (PANPA). The Post was a winner in Marketing for Display Advertising among the category of newspapers with a 50,000-plus circulation, as well as winner of two Technical Excellence awards.
  • Two first prizes and a second at the 71st International Newspaper Marketing Association Awards in April 2006 - the first newspaper in Hong Kong to win awards from INMA.
  • Pacific Asia Travel Association 2006 Grand Award for Heritage for its "Hong Kong's Vibrant Rural Communities Campaign", a seven-part series, published in October 2005.
  • 13 awards in the Hong Kong Newspaper Society News Awards 2005, making it the most awarded newspaper in the city.


  • The paper has spawned a satirical website NTSCMP.com (Not the South China Morning Post)

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See also

Media in Hong Kong are available to the public conveniently in various forms: television and radio channels, newspapers, magazines and the World Wide Web. ...


  1. ^ Audit Report. Hong Kong Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved on 2007-03-21.
  2. ^ Smith, Patrick. "Clash of civilizations at Hong Kong newspaper", International Herald Tribune, November 19, 2006. Retrieved on 2007-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Two more top editors leave South China Morning Post", International Herald Tribune, January 29, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Ad revenue lifts SCMP profit 37pc", South China Morning Post, March 27, 2007. 
  5. ^ "News Digest", South China Morning Post, March 26, 2007, p. 1. 

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External links

  • Official website

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