PTV4 names Malacañang reporter Rocky Ignacio new operations head

By | Thursday, March 16, 2017
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First on MNP: Change has come once again to the state-owned People's Television Network (PTV4).

Media Newser Philippines has learned that Racquel Tobias, known to PTV4 viewers as Rocky Ignacio, has been appointed as new operations head of the news division.

Effective this month, Ignacio takes over the role vacated by former ABS-CBN reporter Rowena "Wheng" Hidalgo, who was appointed barely five months ago for the said coveted post but was recently transferred to the office of Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar.

ANC formally introduces new lineup of programs, new members of its on-air team

By | Wednesday, March 15, 2017
From left: Paolo Abrera, Michelle Ong, Annalisa Burgos, TJ Manotoc and Christian Esguerra
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ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, formally launched its new lineup of programs headlined by the new morning show “Early Edition,” primetime news program “The Bureau,” and the daily sports newscast “Gametime” in a presscon held today (Mar 15) in ABS-CBN.

The country’s first 24/7 English language news channel also introduced the new members of its broadcast team – Annalisa Burgos and Migs Bustos – as ANC continues to strengthen its programming and deliver the best news coverage and content to business leaders and decision-makers here and abroad.

Full press release after the jump...

Jessica Zafra and Pepe Diokno team up for CNN Philippines' new travel program 'Trippies'

By | Saturday, March 11, 2017
What happens when a seasoned writer known for her dry wit and a filmmaker-editor native to young Manila's creative set go on a series of trips together? See Asia and its neighboring countries like you never have before with CNN Philippines' newest travel program, Trippies.

It's travel sidelined by candid conversations that are as interesting as the sights—expect Trippies to be rife with colorful insights from an unexpected yet infinitely entertaining exchange of thoughts and travel trivia by two of the country's most creative minds: columnist and best-selling book author Jessica Zafra joins filmmaker and broadsheet editor Pepe Diokno. At Trippies, we lend our eyes and ears—and maybe pick up a thing or two— to their unbelievably smart yet ultimately down-to-earth approach to travel.

Full press release after the jump...

CNN Philippines to replace 'Network News' with 'News Night'

By | Tuesday, March 07, 2017
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CNN Philippines will retire Network News as the title of its flagship evening newscast.

As announced by the network in a recent intimate lunch with members of the media, the hour-long broadcast will be called News Night beginning March 27.

CNN Philippines Chief Correspondent Pia Hontiveros will remain the anchor of the broadcast, while pulling double duty as the new anchor of Global Newsroom replacing Claire Celdran.

ANC debuts 'Early Edition' with TJ Manotoc, Annalisa Burgos, others

By | Thursday, March 02, 2017
“Early Edition,” anchored by TJ Manotoc and Annalisa Burgos, debuted last Monday (Feb 27) to deliver the latest news, financial updates, and breaking news reports as early as 5:30 am from Monday to Friday.

The fast-paced news-oriented program also features veteran broadcaster Paolo Abrera and ANC news correspondents Michelle Ong and Christian Esguerra to help TJ and Annalisa in arming viewers with significant and relevant information and analysis that they can use as they face another busy day ahead.

To add spice in the morning, “Early Edition” will also have sports, lifestyle, and entertainment news, and live discussions on the trending topics in the country and in the world today. Resident ANC analyst Richard Heydarian will also be there to explain and dissect issues on foreign relations and foreign policy.

Full press release after the jump...

CNN Philippines unveils new team for 'New Day'

By | Thursday, March 02, 2017
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Just as ANC introduced the team for its new morning show Early Edition Monday, CNN Philippines is also set to unveil its own next week as a fresh (but familiar) set of faces will take over New Day.

The new lineup will be led by now-former Global Newsroom anchor Claire Celdran and Sports Desk anchor Andrei Felix — the lone holdover from the previous team.

Co-hosting the morning show on a rotational basis are Real Talk host Christine Jacob-Sandejas, Leading Women host Angel Jacob, and The Service Road host James Deakin.

The localized edition of New Day made its debut in February 2016 as a replacement for CNN Philippines Headline News.

GMA Network leads Philippines’ nominations at New York Festivals

By | Wednesday, March 01, 2017
GMA Network takes majority of Philippine finalists in the highly-esteemed 2017 New York Festivals’ “World’s Best TV and Films” Competition, with six shortlisted entries.

Once again, the Kapuso Network’s news and public affairs programs banner this year’s nominations.

Both gunning for the win in the Community Portraits category are award-winning programs Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (“Gintong Medalya” episode) and Reporter’s Notebook (“Pasan-Pasang Pangarap episode).

Top-notch documentary program Front Row is shortlisted again this year, this time in the Human Concerns category for its “Bata sa Bintana” episode.

Full press release after the jump...

ABS-CBN News produces four finalists at the New York Festivals

By | Wednesday, March 01, 2017
ABS-CBN News, the country’s largest news organization, brings honor to the country once again with four of its entries making it as finalists in this year’s New York Festival’s World's Best TV & Films competition, which will be held on April 25 in Las Vegas, USA.

Leading the hopefuls for the festival’s prestigious bronze, silver, and gold medals is "Lando's Wrath" by late-night newscast “Bandila” in the Best Coverage of a Continuing News Story category, and “Typhoon Lando” by top-rating primetime newscast “TV Patrol” in the Best Newscast category.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN DocuCentral documentary “Warmer,” which follows broadcast journalist Atom Araullo’s journey from Malabon in the Philippines to the Artic Norway to find answers to the ever-growing threat of climate change, also made it to the final list in the category Climate Change & Sustainability.

Full press release after the jump...

TV5 cuts jobs as part of organizational restructuring

By | Saturday, February 25, 2017
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As part of its "organizational restructuring," TV5 on Friday began a series of layoffs — letting go at least close to a hundred of its employees which include cameramen, producers, reporters, and other production personnel.

According to our sources, the network notified those employees who were losing their jobs via a text message, and were given pink slips by its human resources team.

"Nakakagulat na ganito ang kinalabasan na hindi man lang inisip ang kalagayan ng mga kasamahan namin," says a source, who asked not to be identified. "Ilan sa kanila inescortan pa palabas. Nakakabigla itong nangyari at siguradong maaapektuhan ang newsgathering namin."

Advertising veteran Matec Villanueva joins CNN Philippines

By | Friday, February 24, 2017
CNN Philippines welcomes former Publicis Manila Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Matec Villanueva as Brand Development Consultant to drive the network’s activations in branding, marketing and sales.

The woman behind the advertising campaigns of several of the most ambitious and unforgettable local brands in the country, Villanueva ran a successful 32 years in the advertising industry. She took charge of top accounts such as Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive, Alaska Milk Corporation, Purefoods-Hormel and Cebu Pacific, among others, as she made her way from a young account manager to becoming CEO of one of the most influential advertising agencies in the country. In June 2016, after 10 years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Publicis Manila Incorporated, she retired from the advertising scene but now makes her way back to the business of storytelling via CNN Philippines.

Full press release after the jump...