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Transforming the Magazines Industry: The SPH Magazines’ Journey

The print industry is battling a headwind of digital disruption. And like any industry amid turbulence, magazine publishers need to dig deep for the courage to transform—not just to ensure survival, but more importantly, to advance resilience.

This was the essence of the speech by our Editor-in-Chief of English and Malay Newspapers earlier this year when he spoke about transforming the media business in the digital age. The words were not verbatim—this author admits to be seduced by Christensen’s idea of disruptive innovation—but the call for transformation was unmistakable in its urgency. The publishing business needs to accurately identify its core strengths and relative advantages, to quickly formulate responses in this volatile media climate.