Talks between PTV4 and Charie Villa break down

By | Thursday, August 25, 2016
Charie Villa's ascension as the head of PTV4 has been scratched due to her expressed views against extrajudicial killings and the burial of the late Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

As she narrated in a Facebook thread, Villa said that she has decided to refuse any offer, because "I think they are not serious about what they promised, and with what's happening lately, I think I will be more effective outside."

Recalling the discussions between her and Presidential Communications Operations Office Seretary Martin Andanar, Villa wrote: "After stringing for BBC in Davao, when Duterte was elected but not installed yet, Rico Hizon of BBC and I worked on INTV and we were promised a one on one, nothing came out of it. When I got back Martin Andanar called, I thought to apologize for standing us up, but no. He said, 'How would you like to head the news of PTV4?' So we met and agreed in principle to build a public info hub and I introduced my advocacy Tao Po, to make the government responsive to people's needs. He liked it he said, 'a responsive government.' But I had an earlier schedule to go to the U.S. for a month and we agreed no word to come out. He was invited by Karen Davila [on Headstart] where he hinted an ex-ABS-CBN executive will take on PTV4. I was deluged with messages, inquiries, applications for work, emails on what is wrong with PTV4 (madaming ghost employees, corruption etc.). When I returned, I messaged Martin and he said, 'I've been lobbying for you.' So I said, 'huh?' Anyway, I still said, 'If your plan to build a public news source is still on, I'll be glad to help in anyway I can in any capacity. It's my advocacy.' But until now, no word so I have decided to refuse any offer, because I think they are not serious about what they promised, and with what's happening lately, I think I will be more effective outside."

MNP Q&A: Atty. Mel Sta. Maria, Anchor and Legal Analyst for TV5

By | Friday, August 12, 2016
It’s been two years since Atty. Mel Sta. Maria scored that much-talked-about interview with former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino the interview which started a national conversation about constitutional amendment in light of the latter's claims of judicial overreach.

The TV special dubbed then as "Interview with the President," as we can all recall, drew widespread praise from viewers and critics. Media Newser Philippines called it a straightforward interview, intelligently conducted by Sta. Maria himself, while also writing in our 2014 yearender, that he "displayed the kind of broadcaster that other TV5ers are longing to be."

ABS-CBN News Channel presents forum on charter change

By | Monday, August 08, 2016
ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel will hold a forum on Charter Change on Tuesday (August 9) at 7pm to be hosted by Lynda Jumilla.

Christian Monsod, a member of the 1986 Philippine Constitutional Commission, former senator Nene Pimentel, Sen. Richard Gordon, Rep. Albee Benitez, and political analyst Edmund Tayao, among others will join Jumilla tomorrow to discuss the different issues surrounding the proposed amendment of the Philippine Constitution.

Talks about charter change has been revived by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte including it as one of his priorities in his administration. While the President enjoys immense popularity early in his term, a recent Pulse Asia survey showed that that 44% of Filipinos do not want charter change and 19% are undecided.

Full press release after the jump...

CNN Philippines tops Media Newser's SONA coverage poll

By | Sunday, July 31, 2016
2016 really continues to be a very good year for CNN Philippines. For our SONA coverage preference poll released on July 24, the local CNN station ranked as the top choice among our readers, earning a share of 17.37% or a total of 4,367 votes.

The network, which during President Aquino's final SONA in 2015 finished in fifth place, also received rave reviews from our readers.

First on MNP: DJ Sta. Ana leaving TV5

By | Friday, July 29, 2016
David Jude "DJ" Sta. Ana, who has been the news operations head for TV5 since 2010, is leaving the network, Media Newser Philippines has learned.

The veteran news executive, who also had a stint on both GMA-7 and ABS-CBN, will be joining Aboitiz Equity Ventures, a holding and investment management company, as its First Vice President for Government Relations, effective September of this year.

Sta. Ana is joining a slew of other high-profile departures at the Kapatid Network, following Martin Andanar and Cherie Mercado.

First on MNP: TV5 to switch to single-anchor format

By | Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Changes are coming to TV5!

Starting August, all of the Kapatid Network's daily news broadcasts, with the exception of Aksyon Prime, will be switching to a single-anchor format — which means that viewers will no longer be seeing a duo of anchors anchoring Aksyon Sa Umaga, Aksyon Sa Tanghali and Aksyon Tonite.

MNP Poll: Where on TV will you be watching the coverage of Duterte's 1st State of the Nation Address?

By | Sunday, July 24, 2016
Local television networks are all gearing up for the coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address, happening tomorrow at the Batasang Pambansa.

As announced by ABS-CBN, Lynda Jumilla and Ted Failon will be leading the network's coverage at 3:20PM. Its cable news channel, ANC, for its part, will do an all day coverage beginning at Mornings@ANC, with the coverage proper to be anchored by Karmina Constantino and Tony Velasquez at around 3PM.