TV used to be a big part of our life. It still does, except that there are more choices in the programs nowadays and its influence is being affected by internet, smartphones and other entertainment devices. Like many others, SBC dramas, especially those from Channel 8, used to accompany me in my childhood and teenage years.
The Early Days of SBC
The eighties and a large part of the nineties were undeniably the golden periods for SBC, the predecessor of Mediacorp (and TCS). SBC, Singapore Broadcasting Corporation in full, was established in February 1980 as a statutory board, after the corporatisation of Radio and Television Singapore (RTS).
Back then, the sources of Chinese dramas were mainly from Hong Kong and Taiwan. The dramas, many of them in Cantonese and Minnan (Taiwanese Hokkien), had to be dubbed in Mandarin for Singapore audience. After its establishment, SBC decided to invest and produce…
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