First on MNP: TV5 to switch to single-anchor format

By | Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Changes are coming to TV5!

Starting August, all of the Kapatid Network's daily news broadcasts, with the exception of Aksyon Prime, will be switching to a single-anchor format — which means that viewers will no longer be seeing a duo of anchors anchoring Aksyon Sa Umaga, Aksyon Sa Tanghali and Aksyon Tonite.

Affected by the latest cutbacks are the anchors and hosts of Umaga: Grace Lee, France Noguera, Renz Ongkiko, Jeff Caparas, and Atty. Mel Sta. Maria, who will continue as co-anchor of Relasyon on Radyo5.

MNP Poll: Where on TV will you be watching the coverage of Duterte's 1st State of the Nation Address?

By | Sunday, July 24, 2016
Local television networks are all gearing up for the coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address, happening tomorrow at the Batasang Pambansa.

As announced by ABS-CBN, Lynda Jumilla and Ted Failon will be leading the network's coverage at 3:20PM. Its cable news channel, ANC, for its part, will do an all day coverage beginning at Mornings@ANC, with the coverage proper to be anchored by Karmina Constantino and Tony Velasquez at around 3PM.

Andrei Felix to anchor the new morning edition of 'Sports Desk'

By | Saturday, July 23, 2016
CNN Philippines is adding another edition of its flagship sports program, Sports Desk, beginning Tuesday, July 26.

The program, scheduled to air at 11AM, will be anchored by New Day's Andrei Felix.

"Aside from still being part of the morning show, and to be given this privilege to host the morning edition of Sports Desk on my own, I can sincerely say that the Lord has truly answered my prayers," he says in an interview with Media Newser Philippines. "And of course, I'd also like to thank Ms. Armie Jarin-Bennett and Sir Pal Marquez, and the whole CNN Philippines management for this wonderful and awesome opportunity."

President Duterte's 1st SONA: CNN Philippines' coverage plans

By | Friday, July 22, 2016

The 'New Day' team of Amelyn Veloso, Karen Jimeno, Claudine Trillo, and Andrei Felix will kick off the day’s live programming at 6am, preparing viewers for the crucial day ahead.

Chief Correspondent Pia Hontiveros will lead the network’s coverage at the House of Representatives along with Senior Correspondents Ina Andolong and David Santos. Senior Anchor and Correspondent Pinky Webb, Claire Celdran, and Mitzi Borromeo will provide news and commentary in the hours before and after the President’s speech at 4pm. To lead the discussion on the country’s transportation and traffic issues, CNN Philippines also welcomes the newest member of the family, multi-media motoring journalist James Deakin.

Full press release after the jump...

President Duterte's 1st SONA: GMA News' coverage plans

By | Friday, July 22, 2016

Anchored by GMA News pillars Jessica Soho and Mike Enriquez, GMA News’ “Du30: Unang SONA” special coverage gives Filipinos up-to-the-minute reportage from Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City where the first-ever President from Mindanao addresses the entire nation.

“Du30: Unang SONA” also features in-depth analysis and special reports, and the latest updates on Commonwealth Avenue and other significant areas while the much anticipated SONA takes place in Congress.

Later in the evening, highlights of Pres. Duterte’s speech and the biggest news in and out of the Congress will be aired on primetime newscast 24 Oras.

Full press release after the jump...

President Duterte's 1st SONA: ABS-CBN News' coverage plans

By | Friday, July 22, 2016
ABS-CBN News’ team of reporters will monitor major developments inside and outside the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City, with award-winning anchors Ted Failon and Lynda Jumilla at the helm of the special coverage on ABS-CBN, starting at 3:20pm. They will provide pre and post SONA analysis and will give way to breaking reports and the live feed of the President's SONA.

Programs of ANC, on the other hand, will also focus on the SONA beginning with “Mornings@ANC” at 5:30 am that will feature past and current government officials as guests, followed by multi-awarded broadcast journalist Karen Davila’s “Headstart” at 8am, “Market Edge” anchored by Cathy Yang at 9am, and “News Now” with Nancy Irlanda at 10am.

Full press release after the jump...

Cherie Mercado exits TV5 to become the new spokesperson for DOTC

By | Saturday, July 16, 2016
TV5 anchor Cherie Mercado has left her perch at Aksyon Sa Tanghali to become the new spokesperson for the Department of Transportation and Communication.

Making her final appearance on the TV5 midday newscast Friday, Mercado was given a send-off by her co-anchor Raffy Tulfo, and the program's staff and crew.

In her Facebook account, she posted: "When I felt something was coming in the newscast I vowed not to cry. But the whole staff started entering the studio and piled up behind the cameramen, some teary eyed, paano ka naman hindi maiiyak."

"Thank you to my Aksyon Sa Tanghali family! You've been nothing short of awesome!" she wrote. "Continue to strive for excellence in what you do. Remember your influence as media people. Never take it lightly. Be kind to me when I'm on the other side of the fence k?"

Gretchen Ho joining ABS-CBN's 'Umagang Kay Ganda'

By | Thursday, July 14, 2016
As part of its 9th anniversary, Umagang Kay Ganda will introduce Mornings@ANC's Gretchen Ho as its newest cast member beginning Monday, July 18.

The announcement, which has an accompanying teaser video, was made officially via UKG's social media accounts on Thursday, inviting viewers to check out Ho's debut on the ABS-CBN morning show next week.