1971 - 1980

  • A “Made in Penang” daily – an idea envisioned by Mr K.S. Choong
  • Star Publications first HQ was at No. 62, Weld Quay, Penang before moving to its own premises at No. 15, Pitt Street (now known as Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling), Penang.

  • In 1976, this made-in Penang tabloid advanced its status from an island daily to a “national daily”.
  • The relocation of the newspaper’s HQ took place in January 1976 with The Star renting the premises in Jalan Travers, Brickfields.

1981 - 1990

  • The beginning of The Star’s interest to expand beyond the newspaper.
  • The Star ventured into magazine publishing, while adding new sections to the newspapers.
  • On Oct 28, 1987,The Star’s license was revoked by the government. The tabloid was shut down for allegedly stirring communal sentiments and racial tension.
  • 149 days later, the ban was lifted and printing was resumed.
  • On Mar 26, 1988, The People’s Paper returned with the headline ‘We’re Back’ to a great reception from readers.
  • The Star introduced the first Star Education Fair on Feb 23 to 26 1989, held at the Dewan Tunku Canselor, Universiti Malaya.

1991 - 2000

  • Star Publications was listed on the main board of the KLSE (Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange).
  • The Star became a member of the Asia News Network

2001 - 2010

  • Jan 16, 2002 – Star Media Hub began operations.
  • Sept 6, 2002 – Star Northern Hub was launched.
  • Jan 4, 2009 – Studio V, The Star’s multimedia hub was officially launched.
  • The Star ePaper became a reality.
  • The Star acquired Star RFM Sdn Bhd (Red FM and 988) and Rimamakmur Sdn Bhd (Suria FM) radio stations.
  • Launch of SMS News Alerts and a podcasting service for mobile users.
  • Sept 10, 2001 – The Star relocated HQ to Menara Star, Section 16, Petaling Jaya.
  • ACMS and The Star launched the Global Malaysians Network.
  • The Star Mobile News Services and mobile portal was launched.
  • The Star Sarawak was launched, and printing of the newspaper began in Kuching, Sarawak.

2011 - 2013

  • The Star celebrates 40 years of Inspiring People – Sept 9, 2011.
  • iSnap, an augmented reality technology and ePaper, the two firsts in Malaysia was launched.
  • The Star ePaper was launched for iOS mobile and Adroid devices – Sept 9, 2011.
  • Acquisition of three specialist portals specialising in property, automobile and accommodation / room rental classifieds – iBilik, Propwall and Carsifu, May 31 2013.

2014 - Present

  • Launch of School Buzz, Star Media Group’s first Out-of-Home media.
  • The Star and Sin Chew collaborate on ePaper where readers get full digital versions of both newspapers.
  • SMEBiz, a weekly digest focusing on news and coverage of small- and medium-sized enterprises.
  • As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of The Star Online, Star2.com was launched.

  • Li TV became a wholly owned subsidiary of Star Media Group Berhad.
  • Star Media Group’s events and exhibition subsidiary, Cityneon Holdings Ltd acquired the entire share capital of Victory Hill Exhibition Pte Ltd, which holds the rights to operate, market and promote Marvel characters and subsequently Transformers characters.
  • Star Media Group and Star Foundation presents Star Golden Hearts Awards as a tribute to homegrown everyday heroes who performed various acts of humanity and exemplified the true Malaysia spirit.
  • The Star recorded its highest ever daily readership with 1.41mil readers in 2015. Sunday Star’s readership also jumped to 1,348,000.