Dasmond Koh will not renew full-time contract with Mediacorp

The former radio deejay and host-turned-entrepreneur wants to pursue “wider interests”

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Photos: Channel 8 & Toggle

Dasmond Koh started out in the local entertainment business as a radio deejay with YES 933 before becoming a television host in 2000. After 20 years of working under Mediacorp, Dasmond has decided not to renew his full-time contract in order to “pursue wider interests”.

Ms Georgina Chang, head of The Celebrity Agency, said in an official statement released to the media: “I’ve known Dasmond since he was a DJ at 933 and I was at 987. He’s our radio and TV veteran who’s evolved to become a savvy entrepreneur. We’ve talked about collaborating on some projects together and I look forward to working with and learning from him. I wish him all the very best in his ventures.”

The 43-year-old confirmed that he’d be focusing on his business ventures which includes a health and beauty company set up in October last year, in a phone interview with Toggle. “Contract renewal discussions with Mediacorp took place over a period of three to five months and honestly, the terms offered were quite satisfactory too,” said Dasmond.

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Dasmond with his Noon Talk Media artistes Aloysius Pang (left) and Xu Bin (right)

However he chose not to renew his contract (it expired on Dec 31, 2015) due to a variety of reasons: his health and beauty company being one part of it and another reason being the sensitivities involving Noon Talk Media, a media company that manages artistes like Xu Bin, Aloysius Pang and Kimberly Chia which is helmed by Dasmond.

“It can be a little sensitive at times and I may be too preoccupied with my businesses that I am unable to take on other projects - and I don’t feel good about it too,” explained the actor-host. “You may call me stubborn but everyone has goals and I’d like to work towards my goals too.”

So what’s in store for him in 2016?

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