Pinky Webb to host CNN Philippines' new interview show 'The Source'

By | Saturday, September 24, 2016
CNN Philippines is launching a daily program titled, The Source, an interview show that combines the headlines with in-depth conversations straight with the newsmakers themselves. Anchored by CNN Philippines senior anchor and correspondent Pinky Webb, The Source also offers analysis from subject matter experts.

“The Source gives us an opportunity to delve deeper into the issues that are most important to our viewers,” says Armie Jarin-Bennett, Executive Vice President and Managing Editor of CNN Philippines. “It’s also an opportunity to go beyond the headlines, as well as listen and engage with our viewers through social media.”

Full press release after the jump...

James Deakin to host CNN Philippines' new daily motoring show 'The Service Road'

By | Friday, September 16, 2016
The country's foremost automotive journalist James Deakin expands his role in CNN Philippines with a new daily motoring show titled The Service Road, launching on Monday, September 19. Deakin has been hosting the network’s weekly show, Drive since September 2014.

The Service Road is a 30-minute news and public service program that aims to be a part of the growing conversation about the country's transport issues. James talks to authorities, experts, commuters and travelers about the problems and possible solutions, and new transport innovations.

Full press release after the jump...

MNP Q&A: Rhea Santos, News Anchor and TV Host for GMA News and Public Affairs

By | Thursday, September 15, 2016
Photo: J-Designs/GMA-7
In a show that sets the nation's agenda, one woman has been our morning companion for the last 16 years. Rhea Santos, the longtime co-anchor of GMA-7's Unang Hirit, has been greeting viewers each morning, delivering the day's news before our very first cup of coffee.

Started as a segment producer and segment host for the show, Santos quickly rose through the ranks to become one of its chief news anchors on the Unang Balita segment.

"I’ve been doing the show as a news anchor, correspondent and features host for 16 years now," she said. "The show has taught me everything I know."

Luchi Cruz-Valdes to step down as News5 chief?

By | Friday, September 09, 2016
Luchi Cruz-Valdes, who has been TV5's news chief since 2010, is likely to vacate her post this month, sources tell Media Newser Philippines.

The head of News5, who is also the co-anchor of Aksyon and host of Reaksyon, is said to be mulling a resignation after being offered a chance to become tourism attaché for the Department of Tourism.

CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviews Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Leila De Lima

By | Wednesday, August 31, 2016
With the international community watching the situation here in the country, CNN International anchor Christiane Amanpour invited Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Leila De Lima to talk about the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign and the alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects.

Cayetano, who has been one of President Duterte's staunch supporters, defended the administration's campaign, saying: "There is big problem in the Philippines which is the drug situation. Families don’t feel safe. We have 10 million Filipinos abroad trying to feed their families and make enough money to send their children to school. But we have 3 to 7 million Filipinos who are hooked on drugs, 3 million who are addicted to it and something has to be done and our president has started to do something about it, it is bearing fruit."

ABS-CBN News' Atom Araullo resigns from reportorial duties

By | Saturday, August 27, 2016
Updated: August 28, 2016, 1:45PM
Araullo released a statement Sunday clarifying that his political views were not a factor in his decision to resign as reporter for ABS-CBN News.

Read his statement below:

Former GMA-7 correspondent Ruth Cabal joins CNN Philippines

By | Friday, August 26, 2016
Former GMA-7 correspondent Ruth Cabal made her debut this week on CNN Philippines — a return to network television after a year-long absence following her departure from the Kapuso Network.

Cabal, who during that one-year break served as media consultant to former MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, has been named senior correspondent for the local CNN station.

"Ruth brings a wealth of experience to our talented and hardworking team of reporters and anchors," said EVP and Managing Editor Armie Jarin-Bennett in a statement to Media Newser Philippines. "Her unique background will allow her to report stories that are relevant and significant to our audience."

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 Secretary 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."