Netizens are furious that the Straits Times is banking on the popularity of a dead girl to sell premium subscriptions.
This, after articles of accident victim Jasmine Lim, the NUS undergrad who died recently in a car crash, were marked as “premium” and only availed to those who subscribe to the ST Premium.
ST touts ST Premium as “some of our best content”, and a subscription costs between S$178.80 and S$358.80 a year.
An already unpopular service among netizens, ST has received further flak for its “insensitive” Premium articles featuring Lim.
Singapore Press Holdings, which publishes ST, suffered a 25 percent drop in net profit for the second quarter of its latest fiscal year.
The firm announced that net profit as of 28 Feb stood at S$40.2 million – down from S$53.5 million in the same period last year.
Meanwhile, SPH’s revenue from advertisements and circulation dropped 9.3 percent and 7.5 percent respectively.