ANC launches 'Independence' series hosted by Tina Monzon-Palma

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, June 21, 2018
Screenshot: ANC
Veteran journalist Tina Monzon-Palma returned to her interviewer's chair on Wednesday for ANC's Independence, a new interview series which will run on a periodic basis.

Promising to "examine the real issues and motivations shaping" the independence of our country's top leaders, the series plans to feature the likes of President Rodrigo Duterte, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, and ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

For its inaugural edition, Monzon-Palma visited the Office of the Vice President and sat down with Vice President Leni Robredo to discuss the issues dominating the national conversation: the worrying developments in the South China Sea, the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the removal of Chief Justice Sereno, and the policies of the Duterte administration, among others.

ANC to launch its lifestyle block ANC-X this Sunday

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, June 16, 2018
Photo: ABS-CBN
Viewers of ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel will find more reasons to stay tuned to the channel with the launch of the “ANC-X” lifestyle block, featuring local and international shows that will satisfy their love for food, travel, fashion, and the arts.

Starting Sunday (June 17), late nights on ANC will light up with world-class lifestyle programs led by “State of the Art,” a first of its kind art show hosted by actress Iza Calzado that will debut on the country’s premier all-English cable news channel at 11 pm. Iza will share the stories of our local artists as we experience a golden age in Philippine Art and Design in this visually seductive but relatable program.

On Monday (June 18), the “Concert King” of the Philippines Martin Nievera will make his late night TV comeback with a new show called “LSS: The Martin Nievera Show” at 10:30 pm. We see another side of Martin as he combines the serious and the light and the witty and the funny with the movers and shakers in society.

Full press release after the jump...

Watch: CNN Philippines sits down with outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, June 11, 2018
Screenshot: CNN Philippines
More than a month into her retirement, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said she is "excited" about stepping down from the Office of the Ombudsman.

Speaking exclusively to CNN Philippines' The Source, the Ombudsman said she is looking forward to her retirement, but admitted that she will miss her staff.

"I'll miss them and they'll miss me too, I'm sure. They'll miss my voice, they will miss my crankiness, they will miss everything about me, especially [since] most of my staff came from the Supreme Court," she said.

Carpio-Morales, who is set to retire on July 26, is leaving the anti-corruption agency with a reputation as a no-nonsense anti-corruption buster. But some, of course, are still accusing her office of selective justice, particularly in dealing with the PDAF cases involving Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Bong Revilla, and Jinggoy Estrada.

Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo talks about her TV career, social media, and 2016 elections

By Media Newser Philippines | Sunday, June 10, 2018
Photo: JL Javier/CNN Philippines Life
Ahead of her debut on CNN Philippines' New Day, Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo spoke with CNN Philippines Life — the network's lifestyle and entertainment platform — about her career in television.

Tanjuatco-Trillo, who is also the new anchor of the 8 o'clock edition of Newsroom, said her experience covering sports back when she was still a courtside reporter prepared her for her future TV assignments, which included stints at the now-defunct Breakfast and News Central.

"There's no script for that. It's really a lot of thinking on your feet. So when I transitioned into the morning show, it was sort of, in a way, the same skill set, but you know, with different personalities, and obviously not sort of in the field, so to speak, or in a basketball court, but in a studio," she said.

CNN Philippines welcomes new members of its 'New Day' team

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, June 08, 2018
Photo: Christine Jacob-Sandejas
Another year, another morning team at CNN Philippines.

Starting Monday, June 11, the local CNN station's flagship morning news program, New Day, will introduce the newest members of its on-air team, as it moves forward without one of its lead anchors, Claire Celdran.

(Celdran, as we all know, recently made her exit from the program to focus on her family.)

As what we reported earlier this month, former ANC host Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo will be joining the program in an anchor capacity. She will also become the new face of the 8 o'clock edition of Newsroom.

"I thought I was done with TV but I guess it wasn't done with me. Starting with @cnnphilippines on Monday," she posted on her Instagram account Friday.

TFC bags back-to-back wins at the 2018 Regional Emmy Awards

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Photo: ABS-CBN Global
TFC nabs two awards at the 47th Annual Northern California EMMY® Awards held recently at the SF Jazz Center.

TFC bested KTVU Fox 2, KRCB in Sonoma County, and Hawaii News Now (KGMB) when “Box City,” an original Balitang America documentary, won in the Public/ Current/ Community Affairs – Program/Special – English category. The documentary tells the story of homeless Filipinos, who built their small homes made of cardboard and plywood, living in an encampment they call Box City.

Box City was produced by the same team behind the EMMY® award-winning documentary “The Filipino Champions of SOMA,” that won the regional EMMY® for the same category five years ago: Overall In-Charge of Production Olivia De Jesus and John Lazatin; Producer, Writer and Host Henni Espinosa; Director of Photography Jeremiah Ysip; Editor Jon Santos; and Graphics Artist Mike Carrion. Patrick Luna was asked on board to provide drone shots and additional video.

Full press release after the jump...

Alex Santos replaces Erwin Tulfo as anchor of 'PTV News'

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Screenshot: PTV4
Just a month after one of its lead anchors, Erwin Tulfo, got involved in the P60-million tourism advertisement controversy, PTV4 has quietly reshuffled its anchor lineup.

On Monday, the state-run TV network officially introduced the tandem of Alex Santos and Catherine Vital as the new faces of its flagship newscast PTV News, replacing Tulfo and Diane Querrer.

Querrer, who also hosts Bagong Pilipinas, will now be returning to Daily Info, which she will be co-anchoring with Audrey Corriceta.

Also reassigned to their new posts are Aljo Bendijo and Angelique Lazo, who will both be anchoring the afternoon newscast Sentro Balita.

AFI, TFC and 'Balitang America' work with The Salvation Army to respond to Puna lava flow in Hawaii

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Logo: ABS-CBN Global
As part of its public service commitment, ABS-CBN Foundation International, ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC) and Balitang America, the leading daily Filipino news TV program in North America, joined hands to work with the County of Hawaii and its designated lead non-profit, The Salvation Army, to help the local Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in supporting those affected by the Puna lava flow from the eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii’s Big Island.

ABS-CBN Foundation International (AFI) has made an appeal on behalf of The Salvation Army via crawlers on TFC on cable, satellite and IPTV. ABS-CBN TFC is the leading Filipino media and entertainment network in North America and in the world.

Full press release after the jump...

Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo to join CNN Philippines' 'New Day'

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, June 02, 2018
Screenshot: ANC
First on MNP: Just days after Claire Celdran made her exit from CNN Philippines, we have learned that the network has finally found her successor.

Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo, the former host of ABS-CBN News Channel's long-running Shop Talk, has officially been selected as the new co-anchor of New Day. Her hiring is effective immediately and she will begin at the local CNN station's morning news program in the coming days.

Also according to several sources who spoke to Media Newser Philippines, Tanjuatco-Trillo will also be the new anchor of the 8 o'clock edition of Newsroom.

Best known for her work at ANC's Shop Talk, where she interviewed many of the country's businessmen and entrepreneurs, Tanjuatco-Trillo began her television career as a courtside reporter, covering the games for the UAAP.

CNN Philippines nabs exclusive interview with SolGen Calida

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, June 01, 2018
Screenshot: CNN Philippines
Solicitor General Jose Calida was welcomed onto CNN Philippines' The Source Thursday in what has been his only television interview since the controversy involving him and his family-owned security firm broke out.

Speaking to Pinky Webb, Calida insisted that there's no conflict of interest with his family's Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency Inc. bagging contracts with various government agencies as rules, according to him, have been followed during the biddings.

"We don't always win when we join government procurement biddings. In fact, since I assumed my office, we lost 3 biddings. One is the Philippine Sports Commission, the PAGCOR-Malate, and another bidding for the Philippine Sports Commission. And that's the reality, you don't win always," he said.

Calida also said that the amount that has been put out there — P150.82 million — is not entirely accurate "because that is the approved budget for the contract."