Former BBC anchor Rico Hizon joining CNN Philippines

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, March 27, 2020
Screenshot: BBC
International journalist Rico Hizon is the newest member of the CNN Philippines family.

In an internal memo obtained by Media Newser Philippines Friday, CNN Philippines President Armie Jarin-Bennett announced that Hizon will be joining the local CNN station as Senior Anchor and Director for News Content Development. His first day is on Monday, March 30th.

"While our brave front liners are protecting and saving lives, we in media also have a vital role in response to COVID-19. We face a different battle. We have to fight the rumors and misinformation. We have to keep spreading the facts, to empower people with information they need and trust. And what better time to have a respected, award-wining news anchor join our team. I’m delighted to let you know that Rico Hizon will be joining us starting Monday, March 30th, as Senior Anchor and Director for News Content Development," Jarin-Bennett wrote in the memo.

As the network continues its coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic, Hizon will also take over the 9PM slot, the memo notes, adding that he will — like other CNN Philippines anchors — be reporting from its virtual newsroom.

GMA Public Affairs makes multi-million peso camera upgrades

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, March 12, 2020
Photo: GMA-7
Canon Singapore Senior Officer Yi Ci Low (rightmost)
flew in from Singapore to conduct the training on the 
Canon C700 FFs for the documentarists and
videographers of GMA Public Affairs.
True to its commitment to provide world-class content to its viewers around the globe, GMA Public Affairs just purchased units of the latest in ARRI’s camera line – the Alexa Mini LF. The ARRI cameras, widely considered as the benchmark in image quality for film production, are the cameras of choice of almost all movies that make it to the roster of Oscar nominees year after year. With this purchase by its Public Affairs department, GMA Network, Inc. becomes the first broadcast company in the country to use the Alexa Mini-LF.

The newly-launched Alexa Mini-LF packs the Alexa large-format sensor into the compact size and low-weight body of the Alexa Mini. Intended for use in GMA’s upcoming film projects and biggest primetime dramas, the Alexa Mini-LF will give the best image quality in these productions. GMA’s acquisition also includes the ARRI Signature Prime lenses, known to exemplify state of the art optical precision while rendering organic, emotionally engaging images.

First on MNP: Armie Jarin-Bennett leaving CNN Philippines

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, February 28, 2020
Photo:CNN Philippines
CNN Philippines president and managing editor Armie Jarin-Bennett is leaving the network, we have learned.

In a surprising move Friday, the Emmy award-winning journalist, who has been with the local CNN station since late 2015, announced that she would be stepping down from her dual posts by the end of March.

"We learned in journalism to never bury the lead. So with that in mind, I’m letting you know I’m leaving CNN Philippines at the end of March. I have thought about this for a while and it’s not a decision that I have made lightly. There comes a time when we have to pause, set everything aside, think of family, and contemplate the future. That time has come for me. With our son going to college in the U.S. next school year, we need to focus on the next chapter of our lives," she said in an internal memo obtained by Media Newser Philippines.

Ina Andolong leaves CNN Philippines

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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Ina Andolong, senior correspondent for CNN Philippines, has quietly exited the network. Her last day was exactly a week ago, February 19th.

In a Twitter direct message exchange with Media Newser Philippines, Andolong confirmed her departure, saying it was her decision to leave network news as she will soon be moving to Canada to be with her husband.

Best known as CNN Philippines' Malacañang beat reporter, Andolong was among its most visible news talents, often the first to break the news about President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and policies.

In November, she scored an exclusive one-on-one interview with the President — a rare sit-down with the elusive commander-in-chief.

'Ilaban Natin ‘Yan!' replaces long-running 'Wish Ko Lang'

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Logo: GMA-7
From news reporting to granting wishes, GMA News Pillar Vicky Morales has shown her versatility in public service through the years. Beginning February 22 (Saturday), the award-winning broadcast journalist takes on yet another role, this time around as the “Ate ng Bayan” in the reality-drama program “Ilaban Natin ‘Yan!”

In “Ilaban Natin ‘Yan!”, Vicky helps parties in conflict resolve their issues by reaching out to the people in the barangays, getting to the root of their problems, and encouraging them to make positive changes in their lives.

“Ilaban Natin ‘Yan!” is not the viewers’ typical public affairs show as it gives new flavor to “Serbisyong Totoo” through a traveling confessional called “Palaban Express”—a modern jeep that will go around various barangays where people from all walks of life can voice out their concerns.

Full press release after the jump...

ANC begins global march, launches new station ID

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Screenshot: ANC
ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel embarks on a new goal of becoming a Filipino global brand.

After establishing itself as the gold standard and primary source of news and analysis for the country’s business and political leaders, ANC now aims to be the information portal of anything and everything about the Philippines for non-Filipinos living abroad.

The nation’s pioneering 24/7 English news channel announced its bid to conquer audiences in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, North America, Latin America, and Europe through the launch of a new station ID featuring its topnotch news anchors led by Philippine broadcasting icon Tina Monzon-Palma from Asia’s longest-running newscast “The World Tonight.”

Together with Monzon-Palma are multi-awarded broadcast journalists and seasoned news anchors Karen Davila, Tony Velasquez, David Celdran, Christian Esguerra, Ron Cruz, Karmina Constantino, and one of the most decorated news presenters and financial journalists in the entire continent, Cathy Yang.

Full press release after the jump...