Bloomberg TV PH, CNNP and ANC to launch new shows: Which are you most looking forward to watch?

By Team | Monday, August 31, 2015
September is upon us and it's about to become one of the most exciting months in local television news industry this 2015, as three of the country's news channels -- one of them is the newest kid in the block -- unveil their latest offering.

After months of preparation, TV5 and CignalTV will finally inaugurate Bloomberg TV Philippines on the third week of September with programs to be headlined by Shawn Yao, Quintin Pastrana, Michael Alimurung, Jean De Castro, Regina Lay, Tony Abad, and Atty. Rod Nepomuceno.

Among in the lineup of the localized business news channel's programming are the following: In the Loop, Top 5, Bright Ideas, The Insight, First Up Smart Moves and Political Capital. (Read related story here).

TFC and DFA join hands anew to encourage OFs to exercise their right to vote in the 2016 elections

By Team | Saturday, August 29, 2015
With the deadline for the worldwide registration for the 2016 elections coming to a close on October 31, premier Filipino network The Filipino Channel (TFC) and implementing arm of the Overseas Voting Act, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Overseas Voting Secretariat (OVS) join hands anew to propagate the overseas Filipino’s (OF) right to vote.

TFC and DFA – OVS, partners since the 2013 elections, recently entered into a memorandum of agreement on August 26 at the ABS-CBN Corporation headquarters in Eugenio Lopez Jr. Communications Center (ELJCC) in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines to renew their commitment.

Full press release after the jump...

News5 officially launches 'B.A.Y.A.W. for President’ election advocacy campaign

By Team | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
News5 has officially launched its election advocacy campaign Tuesday, embracing what has already been popular among kapatid viewers -- “B.A.Y.A.W. for President."

News5 hopes the election advocacy campaign, which features Aksyon sa Umaga host Jun Sabayton as a nuisance candidate in a series of satirical reports, will help boost the network's brand awareness, and help inform the electorate on who to vote for in the 2016 presidential election.

"We used satire and comedy to effectively communicate to our viewers the message that … it’s really time to use our heads and hearts (to know) who to vote for,” News5 chief Luchi Cruz Valdes said in an interview with InterAksyon.

The campaign, which is the brainchild of Kontrabando hosts R.A. Rivera and Lourd de Veyra for the latter’s program Word of the Lourd, will be in full swing in the coming weeks, with plans to extend its reach beyond social media.

Pinoy Fuse interviews ANC anchor Cathy Yang

By Team | Saturday, August 22, 2015
An expansive feature on the DBC Hong Kong website by Pinoy Fuse takes a look at the story of Cathy Yang as an OFW or Overseas Filipino Worker.

Yang, who has officially signed a deal to become an anchor and managing editor for ANC, was an OFW for 15 years, having worked as an anchor and reporter to some of the top broadcast news companies in both Japan and Hong Kong.

“I had initially been conflicted being labeled as an ‘OFW' or Overseas Filipino Worker," Yang told Pinoy Fuse. "Am I one, or am I an expat? Airport staff and fellow OFWs used to redirect me from the OFW-only queue for airport taxes. They'd tell me, 'Ma'am duon po kayo,' pointing to the regular queue. Then I would insist, hindi po, may OEC po ako."

Excerpts from the interview after the jump...

Updated: Cathy Yang to return to ABS-CBN News

By Team | Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: August 17, 2015, 3:02PM

ABS-CBN made it official Sunday, formally announcing the return of Cathy Yang to ANC, where she will be hosting Market Edge with Cathy Yang and the long-running Business Nightly beginning September 1.

"I feel extremely privileged to be rejoining my home studio, the Kapamilya network after fifteen years covering global business from two of the world's biggest financial centers, Tokyo and Hong Kong," Yang said in a press statement following the announcement.

"It is high time to be back in the Philippines, where economic growth has taken hold," she continued. "I am honored to stand at the forefront now of keeping tabs of where that momentum is headed, for our countrymen here and overseas, as well as to the wider, global financial community."

ABS-CBN Integrated News Head Ging Reyes, who worked closely with Yang when she covered business news for The World Tonight in the '90s, said they're "excited at her homecoming."

"Cathy would be a great addition to our roster of top caliber journalists and her international experience would give ANC an edge in its coverage of business news," she said.

Meet the Bloomberg TV Philippines Team

By Team | Thursday, August 13, 2015
As what we've been reporting these past few months, there's a new team in town aiming to become the new alternative source of news in local television.

Bloomberg TV Philippines, the latest media venture of the MVP Group, has officially unveiled its roster of news talents in a trade launch held Wednesday night.

Leading the pack is longtime TV5 host Shawn Yao, who will be anchoring Top 5, the network's top of the hour news bulletin which will be airing four times a day and will tackle national news headlines, economic and business news, as well as entertainment and pop culture.

Yao will also be co-hosting the localized version of In The Loop alongside entrepreneur Quintin Pastrana, who will also be hosting the weekly talk program Smart Moves.

MNP Q&A: Don Tagala, Video Journalist for ABS-CBN News/The Filipino Channel

By Team | Monday, August 10, 2015
As someone who has been in the U.S. for almost two decades now, Don Tagala surely knows a thing or two about the social, political and economic climate there.

An alum of the University of the Philippines Manila with a bachelor's degree in biology, Tagala would go on to become a news correspondent for ABS-CBN International's Balitang America  a profession which has since then enabled him to do what he has always been wanting to do which is to tell the stories of his fellow kababayans abroad.

"I like telling the untold stories of everyday Filipinos, ordinary Filipinos who did something extraordinary, the struggles of migrant workers, the struggles of the members of the LGBT community, stories of Filipinos who were victims but fought back and stood up for their rights, the triumphs and defeats of athletes and sportsmen," he says.

Bernadette Sembrano makes low-key debut as new permanent co-anchor of 'TV Patrol'

By Team | Monday, August 03, 2015
After months of filling in as substitute anchor, Bernadette Sembrano has officially been named new permanent co-anchor of TV Patrol, joining Kabayan Noli De Castro and Ted Failon.

Sembrano, who made her low-key debut Monday night, is succeeding longtime anchor Korina Sanchez -- who will be focusing her attention on campaigning for her husband, Mar Roxas, for next year's presidential election.

With her new post, Sembrano is said to be leaving her afternoon program on DZMM and may also leave either Umagang Kay Ganda or the weekend medical program Salamat Dok.

Al Jazeera producer Owen Franks joins Bloomberg TV Philippines

By Team | Friday, July 31, 2015
Bloomberg Media Group has officially announced the addition of international news producer Owen Franks to its ranks.

Franks will serve as executive producer for the soon-to-be launched Bloomberg TV Philippines and will be responsible for the editorial direction, as well as all aspects of the channel's news programming and operations.

"@BBGMedia I am very pleased to be here. Thank you for having me. Hears to another successful Bloomberg TV partnership," he posted on his Twitter account.