ABS-CBN keeps the public informed about COVID-19 on digital

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, May 29, 2020
Photo: ABS-CBN/Tom Wang
ABS-CBN News is using its digital leadership on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to keep Filipinos informed about the COVID-19 pandemic and share stories of hope and bravery from patients and frontliners.

On Facebook, ABS-CBN News is the most liked local news account with over 18 million likes as it provides  Filipinos the top stories in the country and the world like daily updates about COVID-19 statistics and government measures to fight the pandemic, the situation of vulnerable sectors during the quarantine, and livestreams of breaking news and select programs, including select shows of TeleRadyo and “TV Patrol,” which hit 8.3 million views in its digital return.

ABS-CBN News’ website news.abs-cbn.com, meanwhile, is also the choice of Filipinos for information, making it the top local news site in the country. In March 2020, as Filipinos sought to get updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, news.abs-cbn.com logged 58.8 million page views with 8.3 million average monthly users.

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Connie Sison earns praise for keeping composure during bizarre interview with Sen. Gordon

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Screenshot: GMA-7
Tuesday's broadcast of Unang Hirit was COVID-19 heavy — as it should be — but it took one bizarre phone patch interview to make it a top-trending topic on Twitter.

The interview, which was conducted by Connie Sison, was with Senator Richard "Dick" Gordon, who is also the chairman of the Philippine Red Cross.

The exchange began smoothly as the two spoke about the swab tests being done by the government and whether the PRC can meet the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte on the release of COVID-19 test results of OFWs who up to this day remain in quarantine facilities.

Watch: Presidential Spox Harry Roque goes off on CNN Philippines reporter on live TV

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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In what was an unusual exchange Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque went off on CNN Philippines reporter Triciah Terada for what he claimed an inaccurate report she made.

The exchange, which happened during the live virtual press briefing, began when Terada asked a follow-up on the so-called "expanded targeted testing" of the government.

Terada asked: "Sir, I understand the term now that we are using is expanded targeted testing or that the direction that were moving towards to. Pero, Sir, since iyon nga po iyong statement yesterday, many reacted in the negative, noong sinabi pong iiwan iyong testing doon sa private sectors, at least doon po iyon sa anti — iyong sa rapid test po. Pero, Sir, the question now is: Bakit po hindi magawa iyong mass testing?"

Howie Severino shares experience as COVID-19 survivor in a special 'I-Witness' documentary

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, April 16, 2020
Photo: GMA-7
GMA News pillar and veteran journalist Howie Severino shares his personal experience as a COVID-19 survivor in a special documentary of I-Witness airing this Saturday (April 18) after Tadhana.

As someone who is physically active and in good health, Howie, who also serves as GMA Network’s Safety Officer, thought he would be the last person to contract the coronavirus. He was wrong.

After a fever of seven days, Howie discovered he had pneumonia. Days later, he would test positive for COVID-19 and became Patient 2828.

In the hospital, Howie met a nurse who was interested in documentaries. Howie urged him to document his life as a frontliner. Being a patient, Howie also became a subject of this documentation.

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Former BBC anchor Rico Hizon joining CNN Philippines

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, March 27, 2020
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International journalist Rico Hizon is the newest member of the CNN Philippines family.

In an internal memo obtained by Media Newser Philippines Friday, CNN Philippines President Armie Jarin-Bennett announced that Hizon will be joining the local CNN station as Senior Anchor and Director for News Content Development. His first day is on Monday, March 30th.

"While our brave front liners are protecting and saving lives, we in media also have a vital role in response to COVID-19. We face a different battle. We have to fight the rumors and misinformation. We have to keep spreading the facts, to empower people with information they need and trust. And what better time to have a respected, award-wining news anchor join our team. I’m delighted to let you know that Rico Hizon will be joining us starting Monday, March 30th, as Senior Anchor and Director for News Content Development," Jarin-Bennett wrote in the memo.

As the network continues its coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic, Hizon will also take over the 9PM slot, the memo notes, adding that he will — like other CNN Philippines anchors — be reporting from its virtual newsroom.