Philippine Daily Inquirer profiles ABS-CBN's Hollywood Correspondent Yong Chavez

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Saturday, February 28, 2015
Three-time MNP honoree Yong Chavez has been featured in the lifestyle section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Titled "Yong Chavez’s colorful journey to the Oscars," the piece looked back at the Hollywood correspondent's humble beginnings and how she carved her own path in the news industry.

Recalling her childhood in a town in Batangas, Yong said: "For us then, it was feast and famine, depending on which of her ventures panned out. We had good days and hungry days. There were days I had to face the wrath of the neighborhood store owner because I was sent to try to get some Ligo and bigas on credit but mahaba pa ang listahan ng utang namin, so the store owner berated me in front of everyone for having the audacity to ask for another item on credit. I had no choice, we had to try and get something to eat.”

Yong also recalled her days working as a cashier at Jollibee —  a job which she considered a godsend, not only because it supported her financially but that's also where she met her husband. "Before having an income, I used to skip meals because I didn't have money to buy food… My roommate made and sold polvoron and so sometimes one polvoron is what I had to eat the whole day. I never, ever felt sorry for myself though. It was what it was, and I was living a life that many other Filipinos were living.”

More excerpts from the interview after the jump...

Claire Delfin leaves GMA News to helm her own production house

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Multi-awarded and seasoned journalist Claire Delfin has exited her post as senior news correspondent for GMA News and Public Affairs — an end to her decade long career at the Kapuso news division.

"After a year of contemplation, of quiet reflection, on my tenth year as a [GMA] news reporter, I made the decision to let go," Claire wrote in a blog post last week on subselfie.com. "I loved television news so much that it felt like a break-up. I broke into tears when I handed my resignation letter to my boss. Sobbing like a little child, I thanked her for pushing me to grow, for equipping me with the necessary skills, the same skills I am maximizing now in building something from scratch."

Claire left network news to start her own production house called Claire Delfin Media, a new media start-up which she hopes could devise future projects for different networks. "I am very interested to pitch projects too to other networks. But right now, the ones we have prepared are meant for GMA News TV," she said in an interview with Media Newser Philippines.

MNP Q&A: Jared Bray, Reporter for TFC's 'Balitang America'

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Used to be, Filipinos are the ones trying to get into the international news industry. We've seen that from the success stories of former EbruTV anchor Claire Celdran, KTLA's Cher Calvin and former CNN Beijing bureau chief Jaime FlorCruz, just to name a few. In the case of Jared Bray, it's the opposite.

An American journalist who had a stint as a writer for Yahoo! Sports and a short tenure as reporter for the NBC affiliate KULR-TV, Jared decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of working in a Filipino news program via The Filipino Channel's Balitang America. "Reporting for a Filipino news program is something I wanted to do since I returned from the Philippines and began studying broadcast journalism at Brigham Young University," he said in this exclusive interview.

Talents Association of GMA maintains contractual scheme a labor violation

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Monday, February 16, 2015
The Talents Association of GMA (TAG) maintains its position that the Network’s contractual scheme that it has been practicing for decades is a violation of the Labor Code.

In a statement last week, GMA Network Vice President for Legal Affairs Atty. Lyn Delfin said that the company’s “practice of engaging talents does not constitute any labor violation.”

GMA Network’s main defense, as manifested in the documents it submitted to the National Labor Rights Commission (NLRC), is the alleged absence of an employer-employee relationship between the Network and its Talents.

Full press release after the jump...


Jinno Rufino to sign off as host of 'Sportsdesk'

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Thursday, February 12, 2015
Jinno Rufino, host of 9TV's Sportsdesk, will step down this week after two years of being part of the nightly sports program.

"This Friday will be my final broadcast on Sportsdesk," Jinno wrote on 9News' official website. "After a little over two years of living a dream, putting together a show from the ground up, producing, writing, and anchoring the show, it is time for me to move on, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who made this project a success."

Exclusive: Hilary Isaac to step down as co-host of 'Daybreak'

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Hilary Isaac, co-host of Daybreak, will be leaving the show according to various sources inside the network.

Word is that Isaac, who joined the 9TV morning show in May 2014, was informed of the executives' decision last week. "It's a done deal na and Hilary will be the first casualty nitong transition sa CNN Philippines," said a source who spoke to us on condition of anonymity. "Matagal na rin naman siyang nasa watchlist since madami na rin ang pumupuna sa kakulangan namin ng mga legit anchors gaya ng mga comments ng readers niyo."

Labor case against GMA-7 prompts House inquiry

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Three partylist representatives filed separate House resolutions that will look into the contractualization and alleged unfair labor practice of network giants, as response to the regularization suit filed by the members of Talents Association of GMA Network, Inc. (TAG).

On February 9, ABAKADA Partylist Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz filed a resolution to look into the industry-wide contractualization practice, with the 117 members of TAG as its case study.

Full press release after the jump...

MNP Q&A: Maricel Halili, News Correspondent for TV5

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Saturday, January 31, 2015

From being part of the IBC-13 news team to joining the then-reemerging News5, Maricel Halili has always been passionate about broadcast journalism.

An accomplished news anchor to some of IBC-13's newscasts (most notably, Express Balita), Halili made the big jump to the Kapatid Network in 2010 to join the news team headed by Luchi Cruz-Valdes. "I decided to leave my first job at IBC-13 because career-wise, I know that I still have much to learn and only in going to bigger TV networks can I expand my career ladder," she says. "So when I heard that Manny Pangilinan has great plans for TV5 and that they were looking for reporters, I didn't hesitate to grab that opportunity."

MNP Q&A: Michelle Ong, Stock Market Reporter for ANC

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Tuesday, January 20, 2015
While it might look so easy for some, a lot of effort goes into putting a solid daily weather report. That task used to belong to Michelle Ong, ANC's former weather anchor, mostly seen on Primetime and The World Tonight.

She was recently promoted to do stock market reporting for the cable news network — an indication that the powers that be at ANC are taking notice of her talents. "This is a very exciting next step in my life — a goal I've been chasing for years, and now I am here," says Michelle.