The Business Times is an English-language financial daily based in Singapore currently owned by Singapore Press Holdings. It is currently the only daily newspaper in Singapore that focuses on business and financial news. The Business Times is published as a broadsheet on weekdays, with a weekend edition that is published as a compact-sized paper.
BT started life as a supplement that was distributed three times a week with The Straits Times. On Oct 1, 1976, The Business Times became a newspaper in its own right. In June 1995, BT became the first English-language newspaper in Asia to go online. By 2000, BT's website was offering news updates throughout the day. In February 2012, BT launched a sister site BTInvest, a portal focused on finance and investment. Over the course of 2012 and 2013, BT also rolled out mobile apps, for the iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones.
In October 2014, BT simultaneously refreshed its newspaper, website, tablet and smartphone apps. One big change - applied to both its print and digital products - was in how it organises the news. Previously organised by geographical markets, BT's news is now categorised by industry sectors. The paper said that this was to underline its sharpened focus on business. Sections include: Companies & Markets, Real Estate, Banking & Finance, Energy & Commodities, Technology, Consumer, Transport and Government & Economy. Another important change for the BT website was the shift to responsive web design, which ensures that the site is readable and easy to navigate on any screen. Other key changes include an emphasis on visual journalism and data-driven journalism, and the introduction of three new blogs on the website. The 2014 redesign also won BT an Award of Excellence from the Society of News Design in March 2015.
The Business Times of Kuala Lumpur has been published in Malaysia since 4 October 1976. It is part of the New Straits Times publishing group. The newspaper has been incorporating with New Straits Times since 1 June 2002.