MNP Poll: Where on TV do you plan to watch President Duterte's 2nd State of the Nation Address?

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, July 20, 2017
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On Monday, July 24, President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his second State of the Nation Address — an opportunity for him to boast about his accomplishments during his first year in office, as well as to lay out his plans for the remainder of his term.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar recently said in an interview that the public should expect a “longer but more meaningful” SONA, which will revolve around the theme “a comfortable life for all.”

Michelle Orosa-Ople resigns as TV5 reporter

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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Michelle Orosa-Ople, the longtime business news reporter of TV5, has resigned.

In a series of photos posted on her Facebook account Thursday, the now-former anchor of Aksyon Alert relished her last day as a Kapatid reporter.

"I found myself spending my last day as a reporter among switchyards, transformers busted by an earthquake, angry press and residents, the bravest and most hardworking linemen ever, graphs upon graphs, drawings upon drawings on any piece of paper or napkin as engineers tried their hardest to explain solutions, chartered planes and hangars, laughs among great friends — and amid all these, I clung possessively onto facts I knew. I knew I was in a space I love, and in a space I call home," she wrote.

Dropping a hint as to where she is heading next — our sources say she is moving into the world of public relations — Orosa-Ople wrote: "In a few days, I'll be in a space I hardly know. A space with new people, and new experiences to explore. It's challenging and exciting and a lot of words I can't describe just yet. A new home. And, surely someday, a new love."

Nicolette Henson leaving CNN Philippines

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, July 17, 2017
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Nicolette Henson, the news bulletin anchor of CNN Philippines, is leaving the network, Media Newser Philippines has learned.

The former anchor of the now-defunct afternoon newscast, Kapampangan News, will step down by the end of this month from her current post to pursue a master's degree in law.

Henson has been with the local CNN station since its launch in 2015. Aside from anchoring her own newscast, Henson also served as a news correspondent and frequent substitute anchor for programs such as Global Newsroom and Traffic Center.

A former beauty queen, Henson first joined the television news industry in 2014 after she was recruited by the management of the now-defunct Solar News to anchor its Kapampangan-language newscast — remaining in that role even after the network's rebranding to 9TV, and eventually CNN Philippines.

Noli De Castro slammed for transphobic remarks against Jake Zyrus

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, July 13, 2017
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ABS-CBN News anchor Noli De Castro has found himself at the center of controversy once again after making some transphobic remarks about Jake Zyrus, the singer formerly known as Charice Pempengco.

During the July 10 broadcast of his evening newscast TV Patrol, De Castro jokingly referred to the gender transition of Zyrus as “climate change," after his co-anchor Ted Failon mentioned the change in the singer's voice.

"Ang tawag dyaan ay climate change. Madaming talagang nagbabago ngayon," De Castro said towards the end of the newscast.

National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner Perci Cendaña, who chairs the agency's committee on social inclusion and equity, released a statement on Wednesday slamming De Castro's remarks about Zyrus, saying that sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) is no laughing matter, and should be treated seriously and with sensitivity.

Roundtable interview with the hosts of CNN Philippines' 'New Day'

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Much has been said and written about the big two morning shows, Umagang Kay Ganda and Unang Hirit. From their respective successes, as well as failures, the coverage on these shows — at least here on Media Newser Philippines — has been well-documented.

In recent years, morning shows have mushroomed on numerous TV networks and cable news channels. From TV5 to Bloomberg TV Philippines to ANC and CNN Philippines, all are determined to hold on to a chunk of their ratings pie.

ABS-CBN reporters Jeff Canoy and Val Cuenca's Marawi report earns praises

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Journalists Jeff Canoy and Val Cuenca captured in words, still and moving images the plight of Marawi residents caught in the middle of the on-going armed conflict in a special report published on news.abs-cbn.com last July 5.

In the article, “Buhay Pa Kami: Dispatches from Marawi,” Jeff weaves five stories into one narrative about how Muslims, Christians, fathers, mothers, and ordinary civilians survived days of terror in the Islamic City of Marawi.

The report was immediately shared around social media, with netizens commending the journalists for the piece’s powerful and moving storytelling. Twitter user @iluvshang said, “This made me cry. Tumatagos sa puso salamat (It pierces through the heart thanks) @jeffcanoy for this inspirational stories of Marawi,” while @jhonas_lumanlan shared,“I read this as if I were in the featured victims' shoes. The battle has not yet ended. Let's continue praying.”

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ABS-CBN wins big at the 2017 Quill Awards

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, July 07, 2017
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ABS-CBN, through its subsidiaries, picked up a total of 21 awards at the recently concluded 2017 Philippine Quill Awards held at the Marriot Hotel in Pasay.

The Kapamilya Network's news division won an excellence award in the Communication Management category for its election campaign “Ipanalo ang Pamilyang Pilipino: Championing The Filipino Family in the 2016 Philippine National Elections."

"#Halalan2016 Digital Project," also under ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs, likewise took home an excellence award in the Communication Skills category.

The Filipino Channel's 2016 global video campaign "#Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH," meanwhile, has been recognized for its effective use of communication, winning an excellence award in the Corporate Social Responsibility category.

ANC anchor Cathy Yang, who was among the high-profile names who participated in the said campaign by TFC, was present at the award ceremony along with the ABS-CBN Global Corporate Affairs and PR team.

CNN Philippines axes Gilbert Remulla's public affairs show 'Political Insider'

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, July 04, 2017
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First on Media Newser Philippines: After airing for four months, CNN Philippines has pulled the plug on Political Insider, we have learned.

Sources tell us that the weekly public affairs show, hosted by Gilbert Remulla, has been dropped from the network's lineup after the former politician violated its internal ethical code with some inappropriate comments he made on his Twitter account.

As what we reported in June, Remulla, who used to be a lawmaker in the 2nd district of Cavite, engaged in a heated word war with dozens of netizens.

In one of his responses to a Twitter user, Remulla wrote, "Go hide under a rock. Di ka marunong lumaban ng harap harapan. Wala ka pala. Fucking yellow." (This tweet has since been deleted.)

It remains unclear whether Remulla will continue as political analyst for the local CNN station, but sources indicate that he is not expected to come back.

'Umagang Kay Ganda' executive producer Jaime Bolok talks about the morning show's 10th anniversary

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, July 01, 2017
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Jorge Cariño, Atom Araullo, Gretchen Ho, Winnie Cordero and the rest of the Umagang Kay Ganda team have a lot to smile about these days as the show marks its 10th anniversary this week — the first ever Kapamilya morning show to reach a decade.

But aside from reaching a television milestone, there's another reason why mornings are sunny for the UKG team as the show now continuously shrinks the ratings gap with GMA-7's Unang Hirit in AGB Nielsen's Nationwide Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM).

(UKG, of course, remains the most-watched in Kantar Media/TNS survey among nationwide households.)

Erwin Tulfo leaves TV5; to continue co-hosting 'Kilos Pronto' on PTV4

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, June 30, 2017
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Updated: July 3, 12:43PM
Tulfo, in a Facebook post on Sunday, dropped a hint as to where he is heading next, disclosing that he will soon join a popular radio station and TV network.

"MAY BAGO NA PO AKONG TAHANAN...isang sikat na nationwide AM radio at isang kilalang TV network. Public service host po tayo sa radyo at newscaster naman sa television," he wrote. "INAAYOS NA PO NG DALAWANG PANIG ANG KONTRATA. Kaagad kong ipapaalam sa inyo sa mga darating na araw."

Tulfo said that he will take a month-long break and will return to the airwaves in August.