KUALA LUMPUR, 25 June 2018 – Media Prima Berhad (“Media Prima” or the “Group”), Malaysia’s leading integrated media group, received a Gold Award for its Annual Report at the Australasian Reporting Awards (“ARA”) Presentation Dinner in Sydney, Australia.

The Group’s 2016 Annual Report, themed “Our Stories”, was recognised for “Distinguished Achievement in Reporting” at the annual award event organised by the Australasian Reporting Awards Limited, an independent not-for-profit organisation run by volunteer professionals.

The award was accepted by Group Corporate Communications General Manager, Azlan Abdul Aziz, on behalf of Media Prima. It also represents the Group’s second ARA recognition after receiving a Bronze Award for its 2015 Annual Report themed “Everyone Counts”.

“Media Prima is very honoured to receive this recognition as we continue benchmarking our Annual Report against the best regional and global practices. This is the second year that we have submitted our Annual Report to be reviewed by ARA’s panel of judges and we are proud to have made further improvements to our reporting. This recognition is a testament of the Group’s commitment to remain transparent, accurate and accountable in promoting higher standards of reporting. Credit to everyone who made this award possible,” said Azlan.

This year’s awards saw entries from various countries including Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka and Russia, which indicates the growing international status of the ARA Awards, and reflects the high standard of the adjudication process.

The top award for excellence in reporting were won by companies from the private sector, public sector and the not-for-profit sector, from Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and New Zealand. Other notable recipients of the 2018 ARA Gold Award include the Australian Broadcasting Corporation which also won the 2018 ARA Report of the Year.

Media Prima has won various awards for its previous Annual Reports over the past years. Azlan added that the team successfully comes up with creative ideas in putting together the Annual Report as the Group places strong emphasis in producing “best-in-class” content, products and services. Its 2017 Annual Report, themed “Our Odyssey”, captures Media Prima’s journey to become Malaysia’s leading digital-first content and commerce company.

ARA was established in 1950 to enable companies to benchmark and improve the standards of financial reporting and communications with stakeholders in Australia. The awards is administered by volunteer professionals from the business, government and not-for-profit sectors with the support of organisations concerned with the quality of financial and business reporting. ARA’s criteria have absorbed the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative seeking to encourage companies to provide a balanced picture of their economic, environmental and social performance in their reporting to stakeholders.