'Balitang America' celebrates 15th year with a special documentary

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, November 20, 2017
Image: ABS-CBN Global
“Balitang America’s (BA)” presents Beyond News: 15 Years of Balitang America, a one-hour documentary that highlights the beginnings, the growth and the impact of the newscast in the last 15 years. The documentary can be seen on TFC online (www.TFC.tv) and internet protocol television (IPTV).

BA has been the leading news source for Filipinos in North America since 2002. It is the only daily newscast that covers anything and everything that matters to Filipino Americans and Filipino Canadians.

ABS-CBN International COO Raffy Lopez recalls that “In the first few years after we launched TFC, we were just distributing programs from the Philippines, but the number one driver of the growth of TFC was TV Patrol. News was the biggest benefit that really drove our growth.”

Full press release after the jump...

TV5 to launch new one-on-one debate program 'Versus'

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, November 18, 2017
Photo: TV5
Following the buzz created by Luchi Cruz-Valdes' Manindigan, the Kapatid Network is set to launch a new debate program this Sunday, November 19.

Titled Versus, the program will feature two individuals with opposing views to talk about their stands on different issues.

For its premiere telecast tomorrow at 9:30PM, well-known Duterte critic and Far Eastern University lecturer Atty. Jesus Falcis will debate face-to-face with die-hard Duterte supporter and blogger Atty. Bruce Rivera.

As the program promises, there will be no mediator or moderator as debaters participate in a no-holds-barred, one-on-one format.

Marissa Flores honored at UP College of Mass Communication's 1st Glory Awards

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, November 17, 2017
Photo: GMA-7
For her work in the field of broadcast journalism, GMA Network’s Senior Vice President for News and Public Affairs Marissa Flores was recognized by the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communications (UP CMC) at the first-ever Glory Awards held last November 11.

Flores, who finished a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Communications Major in Journalism, is credited for the comprehensive growth of GMA Network’s News and Public Affairs organization that currently airs more than 30 regular programs, as well as numerous public affairs specials.

GMA News pillar Jessica Soho, documentarist/anchor Kara David, and investigative journalist Malou Mangahas were also awarded Glory medals of distinction.

Full press release after the jump...

'Aksyon Tonite' anchor Marga Vargas jumps to 'Aksyon sa Tanghali'

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Photo: Marga Vargas
As TV5 restrategizes and plots its future in the ever-competitive television industry, changes are continued to be made.

On Monday (November 13), Raffy Tulfo welcomed now-former Aksyon Tonite anchor Marga Vargas, or Tiyang Marga as she's being called now, as Aksyon sa Tanghali's newsreader.

In her (not so) new role, Vargas is tasked to round up the day's news with her own news segment — complementing the program's new public service format.

As what viewers have seen in recent weeks, Tanghali has gone all-in on its public service component, Itimbre Mo Kay Tulfo, devoting more airtime on hearing complaints from ordinary citizens than coverage of national news.

'Balitang Bisdak' now available in more areas in Central and Eastern Visayas

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, November 13, 2017
Photo: GMA-7
Starting this Monday (November 13), GMA Regional TV’s (GMA RTV) local flagship news program Balitang Bisdak will now be available in more areas in Central and Eastern Visayas as part of GMA Network’s commitment to further deliver “Serbisyong Totoo” all over the Philippines.

Balitang Bisdak, which airs from Monday to Friday at 5PM, will be simultaneously broadcasted in key cities and provinces in Central and Eastern Visayas. These include Cebu, Leyte, Siquijor, Bohol, and parts of Negros Oriental thru GMA Network’s local channels GMA 7 Cebu, GMA 10 Tacloban, GMA 11 Bohol, and GMA 12 Ormoc.

Full press release after the jump...

ANC anchor Cathy Yang nominated at the 2017 Asian TV Awards

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, November 09, 2017
Photo: Cathy Yang
Cathy Yang has once again secured a nomination for Best News Presenter or Anchor at this year's Asian TV Awards — her second since rejoining ABS-CBN News in 2015.

The Market Edge anchor, who is a three-time winner at the prestigious award-giving body, is the only Filipino journalist nominated among over 1,350 entries across 20 countries at this year's cycle.

"Honoured and humbled. Thank you #2017 Asian TV Awards for the recognition. From out of 1350 entries in 20 countries, #congratulations to all!" Yang posted on her Instagram account Wednesday shortly after the announcement.

Before returning to the Kapamilya news division, Yang worked for international news outfits such as Bloomberg TV Asia-Pacific, Reuters TV and CCTV News. To date, she is the only journalist to ever secure a three-in-a-row win at the ATA, winning in the exact category from 2001 to 2003.

'Aksyon Tonite' shortened to 15 minutes

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Screenshot: TV5
Another week, another changes at the Kapatid Network.

Following the cancellation of its morning news program Aksyon sa Umaga, and the weekend edition of its news bulletin Aksyon Alerts, TV5 has quietly tweaked its late-night newscast Aksyon Tonite.

The latest twist: Tonite will now be seen in a condensed 15-minute format. And as evident during Monday night's broadcast, the newscast will no longer have a three-anchor team, with Lia Cruz leaving to pursue other opportunities.

'Aksyon sa Umaga' officially canceled

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, November 03, 2017
Screenshot: TV5
TV5 has officially canceled its morning news program Aksyon sa Umaga on Friday, ending its three-year run on the network.

In a series of posts on Instagram, the program's main anchor, Cheryl Cosim, officially signed off, thanking the viewers for joining her every morning.

"Maraming Maraming Salamat po sa bawat umagang pagtutok n'yo sa amin sa Aksyon Sa Umaga 😍 #grateful #blessed #hanggangsamuli," Cosim posted along with a photo of her and her CMMA trophy.

(The program took home the Best News Program award at the recently concluded 39th Catholic Mass Media Awards.)

Atom Araullo's first-ever Kapuso docu 'Philippine Seas' to air this Sunday

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, November 02, 2017
Photo: GMA-7
This Sunday (November 5), join Atom Araullo in his first-ever documentary with GMA Public Affairs — Philippine Seas — and uncover the wonders and threats surrounding the Philippines’ marine gems.

The Philippines boasts of abundant seas and oceans where unique marine species and coral reefs can be found. And while majority of Filipinos are still dependent on the ocean to survive, this treasure is currently facing various threats.

“Ang totoo niyan, we take it for granted. Meron tayong napaka-yamang mga karagatan,” says Atom. “Bagamat magaganda ang mga lugar na ito, kailangan nating talakayin kung bakit siya mahalaga sa mga buhay ng mga Pilipino.”

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TV5's 'Manindigan' to tackle Duterte's approval rating and honeymoon period

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, October 30, 2017
Photo: Atty. Jesus Falcis
The stage is set for the third installment of TV5's debate program Manindigan.

Airing on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30PM, the program's latest episode will center around President Rodrigo Duterte's dwindling approval rating and whether or not his honeymoon period is finally over.