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MediaCorp Channel8

Mediacorp Channel 8 (Simplified Chinese: 新传媒8频道) is a Singaporean television network which opened

in 1963. Channel 8 has been broadcasting the mega-successful, long-running Doraemon anime series since 1992. Other notable programmes aired on this channel include The Little Nyonya, a drama series chronicling the history of a Peranakan family over 70 years, and The Dream Makers, which revolves around a group of employees in a TV station, giving viewers a peek into what is behind the scenes in the media industry.


Channel 8 was officially lanuched on 23 November 1963 and aired in Chinese and Tamil. Its sister station, Channel 5 was launched on 2 April with a mix of English and Malay language programmes. Following the separation from Malaysia in 1965, Channel 8 became part of Television Singapore, and later it was integrated as part of "Radio and Television Singapore" (RTS). This led to many expansions including a move to the new $3.6 million Television Centre in Caldecott Hill on 27 August 1966.

Channel 8 begin colour television signal on 1 May 1974 and aired the first live colour telecast of the 1974 FIFA World Cup Final between West Germany and Netherlands via satellite on 7 July 1974. It began full-time colour broadcasts (along with Channel 5) three years later, and in 1979, the government policies regarding use of Chinese led to the use of pure Mandarin in all its programming.

On 1 February 1980, RTS was renamed as Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), followed by Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS) in 1994 and MediaCorp in 2001, and continued airing in Mandarin and Tamil until 24-hour broadcasts began in September 1995. On 8 December 2015, MediaCorp unveiled a new logo to represent the organisation as a window to the world and a reflection of life.

Mediacorp was named Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year for the 12th time at the Asian Television Awards in 2015.

On 2 January 2019 at midnight, The digital switchover in Singapore is completed, and transmission for analogue television was ceased. The signals were then shut down on 6 January, meaning there is currently no way to watch the Mediacorp channels in Malaysia. Some of the Mediacorp progammings were aired on some Astro channels such of Astro AEC.

Involvement with Doraemon[]

See Doraemon (1979 anime) and See Doraemon (2005 anime)

Channel 8 aired the 1979 anime between 1992 and 2001, and between 2005 and 2016, in Mandarin dubbing, and has remained airing at the same timeslot. The 2005 anime began airing from 14 February 2016, and repeat telecasts aired from 27 July 2016.

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