Duterte's 2nd State of the Nation Address: PTV4's coverage plans

By Media Newser Philippines | Sunday, July 23, 2017
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Like the mainstream networks, People's Television Network will also offer coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's 2nd State of the Nation Address tomorrow, July 24.

Beginning at 2:30PM, the state-run TV will broadcast live from the Batasang Pambansa, with coverage lasting throughout the day.

News operations head Rocky Ignacio will be leading the coverage along with Aljo Bendijo and Angelique Lazo.

Alex Santos and Catherine Vital will anchor in the studio for the latest developments.

Joy Gumatay, Jervis Manahan and Marita Moaje will report live from the Batasan Complex, with other reporters to be deployed at several key locations.

PTV4 anchor Nikka Cleofe Alejar laid to rest

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, July 21, 2017
Photo: Nikka Alejar's FB account
Nikka Cleofe Alejar, who was best known for her work as anchor and host for People's Television Network, was laid to rest Thursday.

The television broadcaster, who also used the screen name Veronica Alejar, died on July 14 from a medical complication. She was 41.

A veteran of PTV4, Alejar served as anchor to some of the state-run TV's news programs, including the now-defunct Teledyaryo Business and The Breaking Point.

She also had stints at various TV networks, including ABC5, IBC13 and UNTV37, where she worked on programs such as Ito Ang Balita, Good Morning Kuya, Istorya and Bitag Live.

Until December of last year, she co-hosted the public service program Kilos Pronto along with Ben Tulfo and Alex Santos.

Duterte's 2nd State of the Nation Address: ABS-CBN News' coverage plans

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, July 21, 2017
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Wherever they may be, Filipinos can watch, listen, and take part in the second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (July 24) through ABS-CBN News’ extensive and immersive special news coverage dubbed “Pangakong Pagbabago: SONA 2017.”

Apart from the usual live reports, updates, and interviews over ABS-CBN’s radio, TV, cable, and digital platforms, the country’s largest news organization is adding a few layers to its coverage to give Filipinos a fuller experience of the President's report on his administration’s achievements and plans for the nation.

On cable, ANC will also be giving a louder voice to the people through a townhall forum as part of its “State of the Nation: Pangakong Pagbabago” special coverage. Moderated by Karmina Constantino and Tony Velasquez, the forum gives representatives from different sectors in society the chance to speak about their expectations on the government as well as give their reactions to the President’s report.

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Duterte's 2nd State of the Nation Address: CNN Philippines' coverage plans

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, July 21, 2017
Photo: CNN Philippines
Updated: July 21, 10:36PM
Marking his second year in office, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will deliver his second State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 24.  CNN Philippines will have extended, live and in-depth coverage starting at 5AM.

In addition to news programs, CNN Philippines is set to air two special programs on the same day: CNN Philippines Presents Pescador: Buhay Sa Laot, gets to the heart of the high-stakes dispute between the Philippines and China over the West Philippine Sea, while CNN Philippines Presents Inside Marawi: Hamon ng Pagbangon, recounts the various stories of struggle and strife in the Marawi armed conflict. These two tales have been significant touch points in the Duterte presidency and are expected to be highlighted in this year’s SONA.

Pescador: Buhay sa Laot premieres July 22, Saturday at 8PM with replays on July 24, Monday at 9:30AM & 9:30PM. Inside Marawi: Hamon sa Pagbangon premieres on July 23, Sunday at 8PM with replays on July 24, Monday 8:30AM & 12:30PM.

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MNP Poll: Where on TV do you plan to watch President Duterte's 2nd State of the Nation Address?

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, July 20, 2017
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Logos: ABS-CBN, GMA-7, ANC, CNN Philippines, TV5, PTV, Bloomberg TV Philippines, UNTV, Net25
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On Monday, July 24, President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his second State of the Nation Address — an opportunity for him to boast about his accomplishments during his first year in office, as well as to lay out his plans for the remainder of his term.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar recently said in an interview that the public should expect a “longer but more meaningful” SONA, which will revolve around the theme “a comfortable life for all.”

Michelle Orosa-Ople resigns as TV5 reporter

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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Michelle Orosa-Ople, the longtime business news reporter of TV5, has resigned.

In a series of photos posted on her Facebook account Thursday, the now-former anchor of Aksyon Alert relished her last day as a Kapatid reporter.

"I found myself spending my last day as a reporter among switchyards, transformers busted by an earthquake, angry press and residents, the bravest and most hardworking linemen ever, graphs upon graphs, drawings upon drawings on any piece of paper or napkin as engineers tried their hardest to explain solutions, chartered planes and hangars, laughs among great friends — and amid all these, I clung possessively onto facts I knew. I knew I was in a space I love, and in a space I call home," she wrote.

Dropping a hint as to where she is heading next — our sources say she is moving into the world of public relations — Orosa-Ople wrote: "In a few days, I'll be in a space I hardly know. A space with new people, and new experiences to explore. It's challenging and exciting and a lot of words I can't describe just yet. A new home. And, surely someday, a new love."

Nicolette Henson leaving CNN Philippines

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, July 17, 2017
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Nicolette Henson, the news bulletin anchor of CNN Philippines, is leaving the network, Media Newser Philippines has learned.

The former anchor of the now-defunct afternoon newscast, Kapampangan News, will step down by the end of this month from her current post to pursue a master's degree in law.

Henson has been with the local CNN station since its launch in 2015. Aside from anchoring her own newscast, Henson also served as a news correspondent and frequent substitute anchor for programs such as Global Newsroom and Traffic Center.

A former beauty queen, Henson first joined the television news industry in 2014 after she was recruited by the management of the now-defunct Solar News to anchor its Kapampangan-language newscast — remaining in that role even after the network's rebranding to 9TV, and eventually CNN Philippines.

Noli De Castro slammed for transphobic remarks against Jake Zyrus

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, July 13, 2017
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ABS-CBN News anchor Noli De Castro has found himself at the center of controversy once again after making some transphobic remarks about Jake Zyrus, the singer formerly known as Charice Pempengco.

During the July 10 broadcast of his evening newscast TV Patrol, De Castro jokingly referred to the gender transition of Zyrus as “climate change," after his co-anchor Ted Failon mentioned the change in the singer's voice.

"Ang tawag dyaan ay climate change. Madaming talagang nagbabago ngayon," De Castro said towards the end of the newscast.

National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner Perci CendaƱa, who chairs the agency's committee on social inclusion and equity, released a statement on Wednesday slamming De Castro's remarks about Zyrus, saying that sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) is no laughing matter, and should be treated seriously and with sensitivity.

Roundtable interview with the hosts of CNN Philippines' 'New Day'

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Photos: CNN Philippines
Artwork: Media Newser Philippines
Much has been said and written about the big two morning shows, Umagang Kay Ganda and Unang Hirit. From their respective successes, as well as failures, the coverage on these shows — at least here on Media Newser Philippines — has been well-documented.

In recent years, morning shows have mushroomed on numerous TV networks and cable news channels. From TV5 to Bloomberg TV Philippines to ANC and CNN Philippines, all are determined to hold on to a chunk of their ratings pie.

ABS-CBN reporters Jeff Canoy and Val Cuenca's Marawi report earns praises

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Screenshot: ABS-CBN
Journalists Jeff Canoy and Val Cuenca captured in words, still and moving images the plight of Marawi residents caught in the middle of the on-going armed conflict in a special report published on news.abs-cbn.com last July 5.

In the article, “Buhay Pa Kami: Dispatches from Marawi,” Jeff weaves five stories into one narrative about how Muslims, Christians, fathers, mothers, and ordinary civilians survived days of terror in the Islamic City of Marawi.

The report was immediately shared around social media, with netizens commending the journalists for the piece’s powerful and moving storytelling. Twitter user @iluvshang said, “This made me cry. Tumatagos sa puso salamat (It pierces through the heart thanks) @jeffcanoy for this inspirational stories of Marawi,” while @jhonas_lumanlan shared,“I read this as if I were in the featured victims' shoes. The battle has not yet ended. Let's continue praying.”

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