LTFRB calls out 'The Service Road' host James Deakin for spreading 'fake news'

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, December 09, 2017
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The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) called out motoring journalist James Deakin for supposedly spreading fake news on social media.

Deakin, the host of CNN Philippines' The Service Road, on Friday posted on his Facebook page the alleged new guidelines covering transport network vehicle services (TNVS).

In it, he said that TNVS operators under the LTFRB Memorandum Circular (MC) 2017-027 would be compelled to have a "dedicated service area and mechanic. A stock of lubricants, spare tires and other parts, as well as repair and maintenance tools. Dedicated CCTV for their garage/workshop. A dedicated safety officer. And a helper. Even if you have just one single unit."

Sen. Legarda and Brillante Mendoza team up for a new docuseries on ANC

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, December 07, 2017
Photo: ABS-CBN
After the success of the film Taklub, Senator Loren Legarda and internationally-acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza team up once again for the first ever Protected Areas documentary series to air on Philippine television.

The documentary series titled, Our Fragile Earth: Protected Areas of the Philippines, was conceptualized by Loren and produced by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Airing weekly on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel starting this Saturday (December 9), it consists of 12 short documentaries that were shot by Brillante on location and took two years to finish.

Full press release after the jump...

GMA-7's 'Unang Hirit' marks 18th anniversary

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, December 06, 2017
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Exactly 18 years ago today, on December 6, 1999, GMA-7 launched a brand new morning show, Unang Hirit, as an answer to ABS-CBN's highly popular Alas Singko Y Medya.

Originally hosted by Arnold Clavio, Suzi Entrata-Abrera, Lyn Ching, Miriam Quiambao, Ryan Agoncillo and Mickey Ferriols, the show would later become a serious competitor in the lucrative morning show race.

Former GMA-7 reporter Isay Reyes joins ABS-CBN News

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, December 02, 2017
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ABS-CBN News has a new addition to its growing team of reporters.

Isay Reyes, formerly an on-air talent of GMA News, has been named news reporter for the Kapamilya news division, assigned to cover the police beat and general assignment stories.

"It was dreamlike at first because when I left, I didn't know when and if I will ever be back to reporting," Reyes said of her first day as a Kapamilya reporter. "But after being deployed to Southern Police District to go on roving and look for my story, I knew I was back to my first love and my mission field."

Mico Halili leaving CNN Philippines

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, December 01, 2017
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First on MNP: As discussions continue about the future of Mitzi Borromeo at CNN Philippines, a high-profile talent is leaving the local CNN station.

Media Newser Philippines has exclusively learned from multiple sources that Sports Desk anchor Mico Halili is leaving the network.

According to our sources, the veteran sports broadcaster has already informed the top management at CNN Philippines about his decision and will soon be stepping down from his current anchor post.

Halili came to CNN Philippines from Sports5 in 2015 to co-anchor the long-running Sports Desk. Originally paired with Cesca Litton, Halili became its solo anchor in January of 2016.

News5 slammed for publishing suspects' mugshots and HIV status

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, November 28, 2017
News5 is in hot water for releasing in public the mugshots of suspects arrested in a recent buy-bust operation by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Taguig.

On Monday, November 27, the Kapatid news division posted on its Facebook page the mugshots of the suspects nabbed in the said operation, while also disclosing that one of them tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The said post has since been taken down but not before offending many netizens who felt that it reinforced existing prejudices toward the LGBT community.

'Newsroom' anchor Mitzi Borromeo to leave CNN Philippines?

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Is CNN Philippines anchor Mitzi Borromeo leaving the network?

According to several anonymous tips received by Media Newser Philippines over the last three weeks, the lady anchor of the 9 o'clock edition of Newsroom is eyeing an exit from the local CNN station as she is said to be interested in pursuing an advanced degree.

Also, as per a source familiar with the situation, who asked not to be identified, Borromeo is ready to vacate her anchor post once she gets a go-ahead from the management.

"Gusto niya talagang mag-aral at matagal niya na itong gustong gawin. Marami na rin naman ang nakakaalam sa loob tungkol dito," said the source.

'Balitang America' celebrates 15th year with a special documentary

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, November 20, 2017
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“Balitang America’s (BA)” presents Beyond News: 15 Years of Balitang America, a one-hour documentary that highlights the beginnings, the growth and the impact of the newscast in the last 15 years. The documentary can be seen on TFC online ( and internet protocol television (IPTV).

BA has been the leading news source for Filipinos in North America since 2002. It is the only daily newscast that covers anything and everything that matters to Filipino Americans and Filipino Canadians.

ABS-CBN International COO Raffy Lopez recalls that “In the first few years after we launched TFC, we were just distributing programs from the Philippines, but the number one driver of the growth of TFC was TV Patrol. News was the biggest benefit that really drove our growth.”

Full press release after the jump...

TV5 to launch new one-on-one debate program 'Versus'

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Following the buzz created by Luchi Cruz-Valdes' Manindigan, the Kapatid Network is set to launch a new debate program this Sunday, November 19.

Titled Versus, the program will feature two individuals with opposing views to talk about their stands on different issues.

For its premiere telecast tomorrow at 9:30PM, well-known Duterte critic and Far Eastern University lecturer Atty. Jesus Falcis will debate face-to-face with die-hard Duterte supporter and blogger Atty. Bruce Rivera.

As the program promises, there will be no mediator or moderator as debaters participate in a no-holds-barred, one-on-one format.

Marissa Flores honored at UP College of Mass Communication's 1st Glory Awards

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, November 17, 2017
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For her work in the field of broadcast journalism, GMA Network’s Senior Vice President for News and Public Affairs Marissa Flores was recognized by the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communications (UP CMC) at the first-ever Glory Awards held last November 11.

Flores, who finished a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Communications Major in Journalism, is credited for the comprehensive growth of GMA Network’s News and Public Affairs organization that currently airs more than 30 regular programs, as well as numerous public affairs specials.

GMA News pillar Jessica Soho, documentarist/anchor Kara David, and investigative journalist Malou Mangahas were also awarded Glory medals of distinction.

Full press release after the jump...