GMA News TV's 'News To Go' now in HD

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, April 20, 2018
Photo: Kara David
Just three weeks after ABS-CBN began broadcasting two of its major newscasts, TV Patrol and Bandila, in high definition, GMA News TV has followed suit... sort of.

On Monday, GMA News TV's morning news program News To Go made the transition to HD, becoming the first Kapuso newscast to do so.

To accommodate the change, the news channel's main studio (Studio 2) was revamped to make it more "HD-friendly," a source said, while a new graphics package was also introduced.

As some viewers noticed, however, News To Go is not really being aired in Full HD and its aspect ratio remains in 4.3 standard definition.

Jiggy Manicad to run for senator under PDP-Laban?

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, April 19, 2018
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GMA News anchor Jiggy Manicad is among the potential senatorial candidates of the ruling PDP-Laban, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III revealed on Thursday.

In a text message to reporters, Pimentel, who is the president of the party, said Manicad is among the possible bets for the midterm elections, along with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, and singer Freddie Aguilar.

Aside from them, Pimentel also included five senators from the majority bloc, namely Senators Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, JV Ejercito, and Sonny Angara. They are all up for re-election.

Rhea Santos and 'Unang Hirit' score ratings triumph, positive feedback with Holy Land coverage

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, April 16, 2018
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Some good news for GMA-7's Unang Hirit as Rhea Santos' recent reporting in the Holy Land — where she traveled to some famous holy sites — won the ratings in what is becoming a tighter morning show race.

According to the data obtained by Media Newser Philippines, the Kapuso morning show during that five-day period (March 22-28) scored an average of 1.8% versus ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda's 1.5% in AGB Nielsen's People Ratings measurements.

The special coverage, dubbed as Unang Hirit sa Holy Land, also did get people talking — drawing positive feedback from viewers and our MNP readers. One of our readers commended Santos and her team's coverage, calling it "superb" and "heartwarming."

GMA-7 wins big at the 2018 New York Festivals

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Photo: Steven Lam
GMA Network sets another record in Philippine broadcast history, this time bringing home eight medals and four finalist certificates at the 2018 New York Festivals “World’s Best TV and Films” Competition — including a gold medal for GMA News TV’s Reel Time. The awarding ceremony was held in Las Vegas, U.S.A. last April 10.

Documentary program Reel Time won the gold medal in the Health/Medical Information category for its “Hawla (The Untold Story of the Village Monster)” episode. Hawla featured the story of Nene, a woman kept in a cage because of her psychological condition.

Another Reel Time documentary, meanwhile, earned the country one of its two silver medals this year. The episode “Gutom (Starved)” about two-year-old Roel—who, because of extreme malnourishment, could not walk, much less crawl at his age, won in the Human Concerns category.  Both winning Reel Time documentaries were executive produced by Mark Anthony Norella.

Full press release after the jump...

First on MNP: TV5, Cignal to launch a new 24/7 English news channel

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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Coming to a TV near you: a new 24-hour English news channel from TV5 and Cignal TV.

With the impending closure of Bloomberg TV Philippines, TV5 Chairman Manny Pangilinan and other top bosses of his media properties — News5, BusinessWorld and Philippine Star — are all set to launch a brand new news channel to be exclusively available on Cignal TV, the direct-to-home satellite pay TV provider of MediaQuest Holdings Inc.

To be called One News, the English news channel will be produced by the MVP media properties — mainly News5 — and will feature original and local content ranging from news, public affairs, weather, and business. Probe Productions, which produced the venerable news magazine The Probe Team, will also develop and produce programs for the network.

GMA Public Affairs to launch 'The Atom Araullo Specials'

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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For his pilot episode in “The Atom Araullo Specials” this Sunday (April 1), GMA Public Affairs’ Atom Araullo goes on an underground journey to do an in-depth investigation and comprehensive analysis on some of the country’s most pressing issues.

At the heart of Manila is the historical Jones Bridge, which serves not only as a transportation link, but as a shelter for the indigent. Atom meets Billa, a struggling mother amidst a chaotic city, who took refuge beneath the bridge. To better understand their daily plight, Atom immerses with Billa and her family by living in their makeshift house and helping them sell scrap materials.

Meanwhile, caves have served as hideouts or shelters in times of war and calamities. But in Samar, underground cave tours are now being used to entice tourists to visit their province. Join Atom as he explores an underground cave to discover its hidden gems.

Full press release after the jump...

Watch: GMA News sends Rhea Santos to the Holy Land

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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GMA News sent Rhea Santos last week to the Holy Land for a series of special reports this Holy Week.

Accompanied by a small team of Unang Hirit staffers, including the show's program manager, Mon Del Rosario Torres, Santos traveled to some well-known holy sites such as Ein Karem, Judea, an ancient village of the Jerusalem district; Mount of Temptation, where Jesus was tempted by the devil; and Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, just to name a few.

Describing her experience reporting live from the Holy Land, Santos said: "Iba 'yung nandun ka mismo sa lokasyon ng kapanganakan, o lokasyon kung saan nag-ayuno ang ating Panginoon. Iba 'yung feeling. Parang mas malapit ka sa kanya. Para bang nahahawakan mo siya kahit ba ground na lang'yun, parang nahawakan mo na rin ang Panginoon."

Peter Guber shares the power of storytelling at the 3rd ANC Leadership Series

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, March 24, 2018
Photo: ABS-CBN
Mandalay Entertainment Group chairman and CEO Peter Guber moved and engaged 400 business, political, media, and sports leaders as he talked about his leadership story and the importance of storytelling in business at the “ANC Leadership Series: Telling Stories Winning Games” forum held by ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, March 20 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

Peter captured his audience right away, as he talked about the big role of failure in his success.

He later shared how he was turned down many times before finally being able to acquire a team in the NBA, a move that TJ Manotoc – who hosted and moderated the forum – thought was also a big risk in itself as the Warriors team then was not doing very well in the league.

Full press release after the jump...

'Gametime' anchor Migs Bustos joins 'Early Edition'

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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A year into the launch of Early Edition, the ABS-CBN News Channel has introduced Migs Bustos as the morning news program's newest co-anchor Wednesday.

The 29-year-old sportscaster, known to many as the anchor of the nightly sports program Gametimealso airing on ANC — takes over the position used to be occupied by Paolo Abrera, who made his exit Tuesday morning.

As co-anchor Annalisa Burgos indicated in a tweet, Abrera "will be taking some well-deserved time off from this brutal morning shift."

Jove Francisco to join the local CNN station?

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, March 19, 2018
Photo: Jove Francisco
First on MNP: After stints at ABS-CBN News Channel and TV5, Jove Francisco might be heading to CNN Philippines, we have learned.

Sources tell Media Newser Philippines that the seasoned journalist has been in talks with the local CNN station to become its newest on-air talent.

If everything becomes official, Francisco won't be the first TV5er to join the network. Newly installed Newsroom anchor Cherie Mercado and the late Amelyn Veloso were originally from the Kapatid Network.

Best known as anchor of TV5 newscasts such as Aksyon ToniteTEN: The Evening NewsAksyon JournalisMoPilipinas News, and Balitang 60, Francisco was among the network's most prominent political correspondents.