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.

Behind the scenes, Michelle also works as executive producer for both Inside Business and News Now. "As much as possible, I try to always do the best I can in whatever I do," she says. "You know what they say, your last project or in our case, last newscast, is your updated resume."

Former TV5er Chi Bocobo releases special song for Pope Francis

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Thursday, January 15, 2015
As everyone's gearing up for the much-awaited papal visit, Chi Bocobo, former TV5 anchor who is also known as a talented singer-songwriter, has released a special song dedicated to Pope Francis.

Titled "Miserando Atque Eligendo," the song aims to "touch hearts and move our brothers and sisters to reflect on his call to be merciful and compassionate."

"This was inspired by Matthew 25:35-40 where the King, after enumerating various acts of mercy, said... 'Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,'" Bocobo wrote on her Facebook account. "It also relates to Pope Francis' motto: 'Miserando Atque Eligendo' (Lowly but chosen)."

ABS-CBN announces multi-platform coverage plans for the upcoming papal visit

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Wednesday, January 14, 2015
As the country prepares to welcome Pope Francis, the third pope to visit the Philippines, ABS-CBN will lead in spreading his message of mercy, compassion, and love to Filipinos whenever and wherever they are through its multi-platform coverage of the historic papal visit.

Through up-to-date reports and special features, ABS-CBN will deliver all the latest developments of the highly anticipated papal visit from January 15 to 19 on its news platforms on free and cable TV, radio, and online: ABS-CBN Channel 2, ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), DZMM TeleRadyo, DZMM Radyo Patrol Sais Trenta, and their websites and social media accounts.

Full press release after the jump...

#TRENDING2014: Media Newser Philippines' Yearend Report (Part 2) — Winners and Losers

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Monday, January 12, 2015

Ging Reyes
A decade ago, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs was at its lowest point. Not only did 24 Oras snatch the number one spot from TV Patrol, but also overall, GMA News and Public Affairs was the undisputed champion — reaping both critical and commercial plaudits. Many were also questioning their journalistic integrity then, with pundits and observers accusing them of media bias, allegedly through selective news reporting.

ANC's 'The World Tonight' to move to earlier timeslot

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Friday, January 09, 2015
The country’s longest-running English newscast “The World Tonight,” is moving to a new timeslot on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) beginning Monday (January 12).  With a longer running time of one hour, it is a newscast complete with the day’s most important local and global stories.

Veteran journalist and “The World Tonight” supervising producer Luz Rimban said the relaunch is meant to revitalize the program as ANC’s flagship newscast by beefing up its content with more storytelling and interactive stories, gathering a core of veteran anchors and digital journalists, and extending its running time, allowing for a deeper look at issues relevant to the viewers.

Full press release after the jump...

News5 reporter's Facebook post receives mixed reactions

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Thursday, January 08, 2015
Updated: January 8, 2014, 8:01AM

A number of our loyal readers sent us a link to a Facebook post made by TV5 reporter Jen Calimon. (It has since been deleted, so we can't link to it.)

While covering the situation in Escolta, Manila, where a fire damaged an abandoned building, Calimon posted a photo with a caption: "Uuwing masaya after 3 live reports. Salamat mga kaibigan sa MPD sa pagkumbinsing may ilalaang mas magandang story sa akin si Lord. I love my beat!! #manila #EscoltaFire #hugot."

Netizens blast Noli De Castro for being rude to Winnie Cordero on live television

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Updated: January 6, 2015, 8:06AM

What was supposed to be a usual cross-talk between Noli De Castro and Winnie Cordero on last night's TV Patrol, turned into a rather awkward exchange.

Cordero, who was in Quiapo to report on the city of Manila's preparation for the feast of the Black Nazarene, was grilled by Kabayan on-air — pressing her twice on whether the city government is really prepared for the upcoming Traslacion.

Jove Francisco retires as TV5 senior correspondent

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Thursday, January 01, 2015
Jove Francisco, a veteran of TV5, has officially retired as one of the senior correspondents of the network.

Francisco will stay with the Kapatid Network in his current anchor capacity and will continue to report nightly on Aksyon Tonite.

Francisco joined the network in the mid-'90s when it was still known as ABC-5. Throughout the years we've seen him participating in the network's special coverage, and anchoring newscasts such as TEN: The Evening News and the now-cancelled but critically acclaimed Balitang 60.

#TRENDING2014: Media Newser Philippines' Yearend Report (Part 1)

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The year is coming to an end which means that it's time once again for us to look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of 2014.

Overall, it was a good year for the local television news industry. From the many unexpected changes to a few surprises, there were also a lot of bright spots: ABS-CBN News gained recognition from the International Emmys, while GMA News received the country's fourth Peabody award.

Local newsers to ride Papal plane

By Media Newser Philippines Team | Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Fourteen local newsers are set to join Pope Francis on board the papal plane on his upcoming apostolic voyage in the country this January.

Among the names mentioned in a press conference held on Monday were from the 4 major TV networks: Lynda Jumilla of ABS-CBN, Kara David of GMA-7, Pia Hontiveros of 9TV-CNN Philippines and Carla Lim of TV5, who are all "tasked to cover the Pope's visit starting from Rome to Sri Lanka to the Philippines from January 12 to 19, 2015," according to Bishop Mylo Vergara, head of the media committee for the papal visit.