Pia Arcangel begins tonight as new host of 'Tunay Na Buhay'

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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Award-winning Kapuso broadcast journalist Pia Arcangel is the new host of GMA Public Affairs’ Tunay na Buhay starting Wednesday, August 14.

Pia has been with GMA Network since 2003 when she became one of the hosts of the network’s morning show Unang Hirit. She also hosted the children’s show Art Angel where she, along with her co-host Tonipet Gaba and Krystal Reyes, won the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television as Best Children Show Hosts. She also became part of Balitanghali with Raffy Tima for 9 years. Now, she co-anchors 24 Oras Weekend and Saksi.

“There was never a doubt about me saying yes,” shares Pia about her being the new host of Tunay na Buhay.

Full press release after the jump...

Claire Celdran officially rejoins CNN Philippines

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, August 06, 2019
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In what is no longer a surprising development, given that she already made an unannounced return three weekends ago, Claire Celdran is officially back to CNN Philippines.

The 41-year-old journalist, who was last seen as anchor of New Day and Newsroom, is now the new interim anchor of Newsroom Weekend, heading up the midday edition of its Saturday broadcast and its primetime edition every Sunday.

As per our sources, Celdran will only be filling in for the weekend newscast on a temporary basis as she will be having her own daily newscast, which is currently in pre-production.

Aside from that, we had been told that the network will also produce a weekly current affairs program for her. No word about its exact format yet, but it will be part of her new contract.

Gel Santos Relos steps down as anchor of "Balitang America'

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, July 29, 2019
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Gel Santos Relos has stepped down as anchor of Balitang America. In a post published on her Instagram account Saturday, the longtime anchor of the venerable TFC newscast thanked her colleagues for being with her for the past 12 years.

“'The use of the airwaves is not a right but a privilege', and what a great privilege I have been blessed with to be the anchorwoman of The Filipino Channel’s daily newscast 'Balitang America' for 12 years!" Santos Relos said.

"As we open a new chapter in our way of earning and deserving the privilege of using the airwaves to serve our kababayans, allow me to thank my amazing dedicated colleagues — the people behind the cameras who have been the driving force behind the newscast. Thank you for the support, the love and the friendship through all those 12 years," she added.

'GMA Regional TV Weekend News' to begin airing on GMA News TV

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, July 26, 2019
Image: GMA-7
Beginning July 27, the regional arm of GMA Network — GMA Regional TV — marks another milestone in broadcast history as it makes its local newscasts available to more viewers nationwide through “GMA Regional TV Weekend News” airing on leading news channel GMA News TV every Saturday at 5 pm.

From Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, expect GMA Regional TV Weekend News to deliver topnotch news stories and inspiring features by no less than the roster of news personalities from award-winning and top-rating local newscasts Balitang Amianan, Balitang Bisdak, One Western Visayas, and One Mindanao. Every week, they will take turns in bringing the latest news from all over the Philippines straight from their home studio.

Full press release after the jump...

'Unang Hirit' anchor Rhea Santos leaving GMA-7

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Photo: Rhea Santos
First on MNP: Morning news veteran Rhea Santos is set to leave GMA-7's news and public affairs divisions, we have learned. Her last day is next Friday, August 2.

Four people with knowledge of the situation confirmed the news to Media Newser Philippines. Each spoke on condition of anonymity because neither Santos or GMA-7 has publicly announced her departure.

As to why Santos is exiting the Kapuso Network, we have learned that she will be migrating to Canada with her family next month, where she will be pursuing an advanced study, said to be in digital journalism.

As per a source, Balitanghali Weekend anchor Mariz Umali, who has been a semi-regular on Unang Hirit since May, will be her permanent successor on the show. An announcement about that is expected to be made next month.

MNP Poll: Where on television are you watching Duterte's 4th SONA?

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, July 22, 2019
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As scheduled, President Rodrigo Duterte will be delivering his 4th State of the Nation Address later this afternoon at the Batasang Pambansa. As was the case the last three years, local TV networks, as well as cable news channels, will be producing comprehensive, wall-to-wall coverage of Mr. Duterte's annual report, with pre- and post-SONA analysis.

Duterte's 4th SONA: MVP broadcast media properties' coverage plans

By Media Newser Philippines | Sunday, July 21, 2019
Screenshot: TV5
Manny Pangilinan's broadcast media properties — TV5, One News and One PH — will produce three separate coverages of President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address on Monday.

News5 chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes and chief correspondent Ed Lingao will anchor TV5's broadcast beginning at 3:30PM up until Aksyon Prime at 6. Various Kapatid reporters will be deployed at the Batasang Pambansa to monitor the situation there, pre- and post-SONA.

Over at One News, coverage will begin as early as 8AM, with Agenda anchor Cito Beltran opening the broadcast. Co-anchoring throughout the day are The Big Story's Roby Alampay, One Newsroom's Shawn Yao, and One News Now's Jove Francisco. One News' coverage will run all day long, up until the special live edition of The Chiefs, which will provide post-SONA analysis.