GMA News and Public Affairs execs join NY Festivals Grand Jury anew

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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After winning three Gold Medals at the New York Festivals “World’s Best TV and Films” Competition last year — an unprecedented feat in Philippine broadcast history — GMA Network is making another mark as its Senior Vice President for News and Public Affairs Marissa Flores has been chosen once again to be part of the New York Festivals Advisory Board and Grand Jury.

Joining Flores in the Grand Jury for 2018 is GMA Network’s First Vice President for Public Affairs Nessa Valdellon.

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Jayson Bernard Santos leaves GMA Public Affairs

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Jayson Bernard Santos, the man behind some of GMA Public Affairs' award-winning documentaries, has left the Kapuso Network.

In an interview with Media Newser Philippines, the multi-awarded producer explained the reason behind his resignation.

"I've been honest with my bosses when I told them that my strength really has been producing and writing for documentaries and other related formats," he said. "While I've done two seasons of historical docudramas in the past (Ilustrado and Katipunan), my stint with Reel Time probably highlighted my skills."

He added, "When I was given the chance to be part of documentary shows, beginning with I Witness and then Reel Time, it has been my goal to contribute to the genre’s increasing success, by choosing charismatic central characters with naturally dramatic stories and presenting them in innovative, memorable ways."

ABS-CBN reporter Chiara Zambrano named TOYM awardee for 2017

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, January 13, 2018
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ABS-CBN News broadcast journalist Chiara Zambrano brings honor to the Kapamilya network after being named by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines as one of the The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in the Philippines for 2017.

Chiara, who is currently in the United Kingdom pursuing her studies as a British Chevening scholar, is the TOYM awardee in the field of Journalism and Mass Communication. She was cited for her work including the “Di Ka Pasisiil” documentary on the Marawi siege, which she covered from the war zone last year, and “Spratlys, Mga Isla ng Kalayaan,” another ABS-CBN News documentary.

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Layoffs hit CNN Philippines

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, January 11, 2018
CNN Philippines has began laying off employees as part of its reorganization.

According to Buhay Media, at least 60 employees were being let go, most of them in the production department, including artists, editors and cameramen; and other personnel from the engineering and IT departments.

Atom Araullo, Joseph Morong to host GMA-7's new online shows

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, December 27, 2017
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Millennials are in for a wonderful surprise this 2018 as GMA Network unveils three online exclusive shows bannered by Atom Araullo, Gabbi Garcia, and Joseph Morong.

Beginning January 1, netizens will be able to watch GMA ONE Online Exclusives on GMA’s Youtube channel ( featuring not just one, but three shows: “Adulting with Atom Araullo”, “#Goals with Gabbi Garcia”, and “Fact or Fake with Joseph Morong”.

In “Adulting with Atom Araullo”, the new GMA Public Affairs host joins millennials in their journey towards adulthood. Atom gives netizens a peek at his everyday struggles as he faces the responsibilities of being on his own, and living on a budget. And yes, Atom also shares tips on love: how does one go through courtship and online dating?

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Ces Oreña-Drilon leaves 'Bandila,' takes on new role as lifestyle content head of ABS-CBN

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, December 22, 2017
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Award-winning broadcast journalist Ces Orena-Drilon is ready to open a new chapter in her career in media with her appointment as content acquisition head of the ABS-CBN lifestyle ecosystem Group as she bid goodbye to “Bandila" viewers Thursday (Dec 21).

Known for her courageous reporting as a reporter of ABS-CBN and her insightful interviews and inspired storytelling as one of the network’s most trusted news anchors, Ces now oversees all lifestyle-related content sourcing, acquisition, and development as ABS-CBN pushes further into the digital space and further into creating more local programming.

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Charles Tiu takes over as anchor of 'Sports Desk'

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, December 19, 2017
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CNN Philippines basketball analyst Charles Tiu has been named as the new interim anchor of Sports Desk, replacing Mico Halili who vacated his post last week.

The 28-year-old head coach of Mighty Sports will temporarily anchor the long-running nightly sports program, which, according to our sources, will soon be canceled as part of the network's reorganization.

"Wow, don't know how I got here but I'm anchoring CNN Sportsdesk .. at least temporarily! #cnn thank you @micohalili," Tiu posted on his Instagram account Monday.

LTFRB calls out 'The Service Road' host James Deakin for spreading 'fake news'

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, December 09, 2017
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The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) called out motoring journalist James Deakin for supposedly spreading fake news on social media.

Deakin, the host of CNN Philippines' The Service Road, on Friday posted on his Facebook page the alleged new guidelines covering transport network vehicle services (TNVS).

In it, he said that TNVS operators under the LTFRB Memorandum Circular (MC) 2017-027 would be compelled to have a "dedicated service area and mechanic. A stock of lubricants, spare tires and other parts, as well as repair and maintenance tools. Dedicated CCTV for their garage/workshop. A dedicated safety officer. And a helper. Even if you have just one single unit."

Sen. Legarda and Brillante Mendoza team up for a new docuseries on ANC

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, December 07, 2017
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After the success of the film Taklub, Senator Loren Legarda and internationally-acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza team up once again for the first ever Protected Areas documentary series to air on Philippine television.

The documentary series titled, Our Fragile Earth: Protected Areas of the Philippines, was conceptualized by Loren and produced by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Airing weekly on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel starting this Saturday (December 9), it consists of 12 short documentaries that were shot by Brillante on location and took two years to finish.

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GMA-7's 'Unang Hirit' marks 18th anniversary

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, December 06, 2017
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Exactly 18 years ago today, on December 6, 1999, GMA-7 launched a brand new morning show, Unang Hirit, as an answer to ABS-CBN's highly popular Alas Singko Y Medya.

Originally hosted by Arnold Clavio, Suzi Entrata-Abrera, Lyn Ching, Miriam Quiambao, Ryan Agoncillo and Mickey Ferriols, the show would later become a serious competitor in the lucrative morning show race.