Claire Celdran to host CNN Philippines' 'Behind The Brand' primetime specials

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, December 10, 2018
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Morning show veteran Claire Celdran is set to return to TV via the new CNN Philippines primetime special Behind The Brand.

The special, which will air on a periodic basis, will look into some of the most iconic, established brands in the country.

As per our sources, Celdran, who left her anchor posts on New Day and Newsroom in May, is not expected to appear on other CNN Philippines programs — at least not yet, or not officially — as she will be working for the station on a freelance capacity.

Mike Enriquez returns to '24 Oras'

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, December 01, 2018
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Mike Enriquez made his much anticipated return to the airwaves Monday, three months after taking a medical leave.

The GMA News pillar, who undergo a heart bypass operation in September, returned to both his DZBB program and 24 Oras.

On air that night, Vicky Morales asked her co-anchor: "Namiss mo ba kami, namiss mo kami?"

"Sobra, grabe, kaya nga nagbalik na ako kahit medyo..." Enriquez said, joking about his health.

In an interview with GMA News Online, Enriquez said that his doctor allowed him to resume with his anchoring duties, but added that he will be closely monitored.

CNN Philippines' senatorial forum to air this Sunday

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, November 30, 2018
Six months before the 2019 midterm elections, CNN Philippines has announced the first of what is expected be a series of fora and specials aimed at helping the electorate make informed decisions come May 13.

On Sunday, December 2, the local CNN station will be hosting a senatorial forum which will feature some of the candidates running for next year's Senate race.

Slated to appear are the following: Rep. Gary Alejano of the Magdalo party-list group, former PNP chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, former MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, human rights lawyer Atty. Chel Diokno, former senators Serge Osmeña and Juan Ponce Enrile, and re-electionists Bam Aquino and JV Ejercito.

'Reporter’s Notebook' to air a 3-part special report on Scarborough

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, November 22, 2018
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Starting this Thursday (November 22), Reporter’s Notebook presents a three-part special on Scarborough or the Panatag Shoal.

Just last May, Chinese Coast Guard were caught on a video seizing the best catch of Filipino fishermen in the disputed water. Five months after the local fishermen reported about this incident, the Chinese Coast Guard were said to be no longer getting any part of their catch.

But Reporter’s Notebook learned that the Chinese Coast Guard are still patrolling the area and have prohibited anyone from documenting their activities.

Full press release after the jump...

Catching up with Cathy Yang at the 4th ANC Leadership Series Forum

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, November 16, 2018
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At 2:07 on a recent Monday afternoon, the Grand Plaza Ballroom of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City was packed with a huge crowd of people, each waiting for the arrival of entrepreneur and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary, who was the featured speaker that day at the 4th ANC Leadership Series Forum.

On one side of the stage was ABS-CBN News chief Ging Reyes, who was whipping through her introductory speech. On the other were network staffers and some familiar faces in the industry. Hovering around them was a lady in an anchorwoman suit, who was about to kick off the program: ANC anchor and managing editor Cathy Yang, who was the forum’s moderator.

ANC brings billionaire investor Kevin O’Leary to Manila

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, November 15, 2018
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Ace your communication skills, know your numbers, put a woman in charge, and never hire your friends and family if you want your business to succeed, says billionaire investor and judge of hit business pitching show "Shark Tank" Kevin O’ Leary.

Businessmen, entrepreneurs, executives, and fellow venture capitalists in Manila got a taste of the cold hard truths of business from Kevin, the billionaire business investor famously known as “Mr. Wonderful” in the award-winning business-themed program “Shark Tank," on the latest leg of ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel’s Leadership Series last Monday (November 12) at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

Full press release after the jump...

GMA-7's 'Philippine Seas' wins at AIBs in London

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, November 09, 2018
From left to right: Reel Time Program Manager Nowell Cuanang, Philippine Seas Program Manager Lee Joseph Castel and Executive Producer Ian Simbulan
GMA Network brings home honors for the Philippines anew after Atom Araullo’s Philippine Seas won at the prestigious Association for International Broadcasting Awards (AIBs) 2018 in London on November 7.

Araullo’s first-ever documentary special in the Kapuso Network was named the best in the Science, Technology, Nature category, beating other short-listed entries from Al Jazeera English, CNN, and BBC News Digital.

Full press release after the jump...

Former ABS-CBN reporter Carolyn Bonquin joins CNN Philippines

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, October 26, 2018
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Carolyn Bonquin, the former ABS-CBN News reporter, is now the newest member of the CNN Philippines family.

The millennial journalist, who was best known for her reporting on corruption involving public officials, made the big jump to the local CNN station in exactly the same post.

You may recall that Bonquin left the media industry in September of last year after receiving a Chevening scholarship from the British government to study investigative journalism at Birkbeck, University of London.

She told last year: "Mahalaga sa akin ang aking matutunan sa U.K. sa ilalim nitong Chevening program na magagamit ko sa aking trabaho sa Pilipinas pagbalik ko."

Jiggy Manicad makes senatorial bid official

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, October 18, 2018
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Jiggy Manicad officially entered the political arena Wednesday after filing his certificate of candidacy for next year's midterm elections.

The former TV broadcaster, who was initially believed to be part of PDP-Laban's senatorial slate, is running as an independent candidate.

He will, however, have the backing of Hugpong ng Pagbabago, the regional political party founded and is being chaired by presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio.

If he gets elected next year, Manicad said he would focus on a number of reforms, including the creation of a magna carta for rescue workers, the lowering of prices of petroleum products in the market, and the introduction of what he calls a "culture hour" in Philippine television.

Statement of Atty. Ursua, counsel for Cheryl Favila and Maricar Asprec, on the sexual harassment complaint

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, October 06, 2018
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The camp of Cheryl Favila and Maricar Asprec has come forward to refute the claims made by ABS-CBN entertainment reporter Gretchen Fullido.

In a statement to Media Newser Philippines Saturday, Atty. Evalyn G. Ursua, counsel for both Favila and Asprec, said that it is "unfortunate" that Fullido has chosen to pursue a criminal complaint against her clients "despite that the same complaint had been previously dismissed as baseless after a thorough formal investigation within ABS-CBN."

"This dismissal came about after Favila and Asprec proved that the text messages that Fullido used as evidence were distorted and maliciously taken out of their conversation threads," Ursua said.