Meet the dark-skinned newscasters of yesteryears

Aug 17, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership AI

In a radio programme aired on the BBC World Service over the weekend, former BBC journalist Sharanjit Leyl said in a segment on racial harmony in Singapore that she had struggled to get hired at a local news broadcaster some 20 years ago.

The local broadcaster at the time was known as the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), later renamed to Mediacorp.

"Had I been born Chinese, my life would have been a lot easier. It started with applying for jobs when I returned from North America in the 1990s, armed with a master's degree and broadcast journalism experience in Canada. I struggled to get my foot in the door at the local news broadcaster," Sharanjit said on the show.

She also spoke about her experience working for an American financial news agency that provided currency updates to a local television channel, and said of the channel: "They told my bosses they didn't want me doing TV updates for them."

She later "confronted the man who (now) runs the newsroom of that same TV channel, who ironically happens to be Indian Singaporean" on the topic of Indian and Malay presenters. According to her, the man replied that viewers "didn't like watching darker-skinned presenters".

Mediacorp said these comments appear to point to the company and its editor-in-chief Mr Walter Fernandez.

"We would like to clarify that Mr Fernandez did not make such a statement," said Mediacorp.

Meet the dark-skinned newscasters of yesteryears

1. Shobi Pereira

Shobi Pereira joined the SBC in the early 80s. She has been a broadcaster and newscaster both locally and overseas, starting with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), Cable News Network (CNN) in USA, and Bloomberg LP in Japan.

2. Sushila Krishnan

Sushila Krishnan was the Executive Editor and Presenter at SBC in 1989 to 2011. She was the Presenter & Producer of ChannelNewsAsia's (CNA) Money Mind and also a former News Anchor. She is now an Executive Producer with Mediacorp, a position she has held since 2014.

3. Vidya Shankar Aiyar

Vidya Shankar Aiyar was a former news anchor with CNA who was later convicted of molesting his colleague and ex-girlfriend Jennifer Alejandro - another CNA presenter - in 2003.

4. Anisa Hassan

Anisa Hassan was a journalist with the Singapore Press Holdings in 1995 before going on to be a broadcast journalist and news presenter for Mediacorp in 1996 until 2004. She was talent-spotted to be one of 10 English news presentors to anchor the newly-launched CNA in 2000.

5. Rita Zahara

Rita Zahara was a presenter with Mediacorp from 1994 to 2004. In 2003, she became a broadcast journalist with CNA until 2007.

6. Nicolette 'Nikki' Rappa

Nicolette 'Nikki' Rappa was a newscaster for Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS) from 1988 to 1996. She later joined the banking industry and currently works as a communications professional for United Overseas Bank (UOB).

7. Neena Mairata

Neena Mairata begin her career as a news presenter for Malaysia's TV3 before joining CNA in 1999 until 2007 as a broadcast journalist.

Former CNA and Mediacorp staff pokes holes into Sharanjit Leyl's claims

According to a former CNA and Mediacorp staff, claims by Sharanjit that the national broadcaster does not hire "dark-skinned" people are unfounded.

Former broadcast journalist and current affairs producer for CNA (2000 - 2006) Tanny Chia recalled how there were "at least three Indian news readers, two of whom had darker skin (than Sharanjit Leyl)."

Another former broadcast journalist also shared her experience. Bridgette See, who worked with Mediacorp from 2000 to 2004 as a reporter recounted how she worked with Nenna Mairata in the late 90s:

Mediacorp's response

Mediacorp said in a statement that it is unable to comment on what had transpired then without specific details from her, but stressed that it is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in its workforce. This includes its on-air and on-camera talents, as well as behind-the-scenes crew and corporate employees.

"Our hiring policies and practices are based on merit, i.e. having the relevant skill sets that the role requires," said the statement.

Mediacorp added that its dedicated news channel, CNA, has a diverse group of presenters.

Some 30 per cent of CNA news presenters are from minority groups, it said. As for the channel's documentaries, specials and commissioned programmes which feature a presenter over the past two years, 60 per cent were presented by a person from a minority group.

Across the entire CNA newsroom - including reporters, producers and editors - 40 per cent are from minority groups, the broadcaster added.

On Thursday (Aug 12), Ms Sharanjit told ST that she and Mr Fernandez differed on what was discussed in the conversation they had. She also said her comments were not about reporters or producers but specifically about presenters.

In response, a Mediacorp spokesman said: “We trust that our earlier statement addresses these allegations. We have no further comment.”


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新加坡7人“换妻”迷奸案细节公布!妻子被下药,全程录像直播...

Nov 03, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership AI

几名新加坡男子,在网上论坛认识后,沉浸在性幻想中无法自拔。

为了满足他们心中变态的好奇心,他们开始筹划换妻,并下药迷倒自己的妻子,让其他男子强奸自己的妻子!

昨天(10月31日),这起轰动新加坡一时的罪案在新加坡法庭进行了审理,涉案的七人中,有四人认罪,其中一人当场被判刑。

因为情况太过恶劣,为了保护受害人法院并未透漏她们的任何资料。被告人的名字也全部用字母代替。

回顾这起案件,这些男子的行径着实震碎了正常人的三观……

新加坡这名男子迷倒妻子 邀请其他人强奸并直播录像!

新加坡本体媒体《8视界新闻网》报道,法庭文件透露这起案件的主犯,是一名化名为J的新加坡男子。

J今年52岁,有着一份正当的工作,犯案时是一名业务拓展经理。这些年他和妻子一共生下了三个孩子,一家人原本很和谐地生活在一起。

不过在平静的生活下,J内心里涌动着一些邪恶的想法。

终于,在2010年,他在一个网络论坛上遇到了很多和自己臭味相投的人。在这个虚拟的平台,J肆无忌惮表露出自己的变态性癖,并发表了想玩换妻游戏的言论。

在这里,他们一起分享了很多有关“换妻”的想法。

聊着聊着,有一天他再也忍不住自己内心的想法,问自己妻子是否愿意接受3p。不出所料的,J的妻子拒绝了这个“提议”。

不过,这并没有阻止J付诸行动。

在一开始,包括J在内的一些人纷纷在家中安装网络摄像头。之后,他们会挑选时间告知网友相关的账号和密码,让他们自行观看自己和妻子的性爱视频。

经过一段时间后,J还是不满足。

于是,在某一天他下药迷晕了自己的妻子,然后邀请其他网友来家中与其发生关系!

随着事态的发展,J越来越沉迷其中……2013年,趁着妻子身体不适的时候,J还偷偷换了药物,再次邀请朋友来家中迷奸妻子。

这次,J竟然还打开了网络直播!

沉迷于“换妻游戏”,J不仅仅是让别人和自己妻子发生关系,同时他也跟其中一名网友K“商量好了”,趁着K迷晕自己妻子的工夫和她发生了性关系。

在某种程度上,K的行为更加恶劣,他甚至自己充当了摄像师的角色,拍下了J和自己妻子发生关系时的整段性爱视频……

渐渐的,J的妻子在不知情的情况下跟多人发生了性行为,相关视频还被上传到网络。

在当时,引起了相当多人的关注。

换妻行为曝光报警 更多人牵涉其中受重罚

J本以为这件事可以一直继续下去,不料在今年,他的妻子无意中看见丈夫手机在播放视频。

在好奇心的驱使下,她看到视频内容,这才恍然发现:

在过去的几年里,丈夫在暗地里进行了多次换妻活动,而自己在不知情的状态下被多次迷晕,在和他人强行强行发生关系后还被拍照记录……

拿着证据,J的妻子当面质问K,而K也承认自己曾经和昏迷的她有过性行为,并将自己妻子迷晕交给J的事实。

在得知真相后,J的妻子立即选择报警。随着案件的调查,调查人员惊讶地发现,还有更多人参与其中。

其中,有一名参加了J“举办的”换妻活动的L,也对自己的妻子如法炮制。

在一次在作案时,L的妻子尽管被下药后蒙住眼睛,在中途清醒了过来。

但L居然并未因此感到害怕而终止犯罪活动,而是要求自己一名同事P直接强行跟自己妻子发生关系,幸而L的妻子及时挣脱逃离,才免遭摧残。

之后,P在一封信中交代了全部经过,并表示自己不知道受害人并不知情才犯下罪案。

但法律并不会因为他的解释而对他开恩,最总P被判处三年监禁。他是涉案七名男子中,第一个被判刑的男子。

还有四人也已认罪,等待下一轮审讯。相信在严明的法律下,他们肯定无法逃脱坐牢。

不过,涉案情节严重的K在落网后,一再向警方和法官说自己有心理疾病,并要求医生为其检测,意图逃脱刑罚。

新加坡心理卫生院诊断后,确认了K患有偷窥症。但在审理中法官认为K对自己的非法行为是知情的,依旧是犯罪行为。

K对法院的说法表示不服,并要求开庭申辩。

但K的犯罪事实已被揭露,并且为自己的行为供认不讳,加上此案件牵连甚广,性质过于恶劣,估计也是难逃法律制裁。


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