'Unang Hirit' brings viewers to Vatican and Italy for its Holy Week Special

By Media Newser Philippines | Sunday, April 14, 2019
Photo: GMA-7
Following its landmark Lenten coverage in the Holy Land last year, Unang Hirit, the country’s leading and longest running morning show, once again takes viewers on a spiritual journey this Holy Week — in the heart of Vatican and in the historic Italy.

UH host Susan Enriquez leads the Kapuso viewers on this journey as she anchors live from various holy sites in Rome, Vatican City, and other famous Italian landmarks.

One of the highlights of this special coverage is a visit to the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. With the aim of giving viewers more on-hand and meaningful observance of the Holy Week, UH features some of the Lenten traditions right in  Vatican City, such as the live Palm Sunday celebration and Visita Iglesia around Rome.

Full press release after the jump...

Cathy Yang chosen by Washington-based NPF to attend its journalist training program

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, April 08, 2019
Photo: Cathy Yang's IG account
Market Edge anchor Cathy Yang is among the journalists chosen to attend the Journalist-to-Journalist (J2J) training program on International Trade by the National Press Foundation, a Washington-based organization that provides free professional development for journalists.

Yang, who is also a managing editor for ANC, joins 19 other Asia-based journalists — chosen out of 200 — in the said program, which is scheduled to be held in Hong Kong in June.

Under the program, participating journalists will be able to immerse themselves in all aspects of sustainable international trade.

Lexi Schulze named new co-anchor of 'Early Edition'

By Media Newser Philippines | Sunday, April 07, 2019
Screenshot: ANC
As part of its channel-wide reformat, the ABS-CBN News Channel has reassigned Lexi Schulze to the morning shift, joining the team of Early Edition as its new female co-anchor.

The former afternoon anchor, who most recently headlined the now-canceled ANCAlerts, takes over the seat vacated by Annalisa Burgos, whose network contract ended in December.

Also among other changes at the Kapamilya news channel is the revival of Rundown, the old ANC newscast which was originally anchored by Ces Oreña-Drilon and Ricky Carandang.

Former TV5 weather anchor Joseph Ubalde passes away at 33

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Screenshot: TV5
Joseph Ubalde, the former weather anchor of TV5, has passed away. He was 33.

In a report by the Manila Times, where he served as columnist, the publication cited a police report which said that Ubalde was found dead on Monday in his room at the Shangri-la Hotel at the Fort in Taguig City.

The cause of his death, as of this writing, has yet to be determined.

Ubalde got his first TV break in 2011, serving as a weather anchor for TV5 and its now-defunct sister station AksyonTV. He would later be given a chance to be part of morning television via the Kapatid Network's now-defunct Good Morning Club.

Arnold Clavio renews exclusive contract with GMA-7

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, March 26, 2019
From L to R: GMA Network SVP for NPA Marissa L. 
Flores; President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr.; 
Arnold Clavio; GMA Chairman and CEO Felipe L. 
Gozon; and EVP and CFO Felipe S. Yalong. 
Photo: GMA-7
GMA News Pillar Arnold Clavio has reaffirmed his loyalty as a Kapuso, renewing his exclusive contract with GMA Network last March 21.

Present during the signing were GMA Network Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Felipe L. Gozon; President and Chief Operating Officer, Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr.; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Felipe S. Yalong; and Senior Vice President for News and Public Affairs Marissa L. Flores.

An award-winning broadcast journalist for more than 30 years already, Clavio considers the Kapuso Network as his home which has allowed him to be of ‘Serbsyong Totoo’ to Filipinos throughout the years.

Full press release after the jump...

Luchi Cruz-Valdes debuts as 'The Chiefs' co-host

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, March 25, 2019
Screenshot: One News
Here's a news that went under the radar: Luchi Cruz-Valdes, the news head of TV5's news division, is now officially part of the highly successful The Chiefs, the nightly talk program of One News.

Cruz-Valdes, who is also the anchor of Aksyon, will now be seen on the program bi-weekly, every Tuesdays and Thursdays, via its election series Face The Chiefs, alongside Ed Lingao, Roby Alampay and Amy Pamintuan.

You may recall that we reported back in May of last year that Cruz-Valdes would be part of the program. At the time of its launch, the Kapatid news chief was on sabbatical leave.

Vicky Morales re-ups with GMA-7

By Media Newser Philippines | Sunday, March 24, 2019
From L to R: GMA SVP for NPA Marissa Flores;
President & COO Gilberto Duavit, Jr.; Vicky Morales;
Chairman & CEO Felipe L. Gozon; and EVP & CFO
Felipe S. Yalong. 
Photo: GMA-7
GMA News Pillar Vicky Morales is looking forward to more years as a loyal Kapuso after renewing her contract with GMA Network on March 21.

Joining Morales in the signing were GMA Network Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Felipe L. Gozon; President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr.; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Felipe S. Yalong; and Senior Vice President for News and Public Affairs Marissa L. Flores.

The 24 Oras anchor proudly shared that in the three decades of being a broadcast journalist, she has always considered GMA Network as her second home.

Full press release after the jump...

Chi Bocobo returns to TV; joins Cignal TV’s One PH

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, March 18, 2019
Screenshot: One PH
Former TV5 anchor Chi Bocobo made her low-key return to the airwaves earlier this month as the newest addition to the One PH family.

Bocobo, who was last seen on TV almost five years ago, has been tapped as the co-anchor of the new public service program Ano Kamo, Te?, alongside former Supreme Court spokesperson Atty. Theodore “Ted” Te.

The veteran broadcaster left the industry in August 2014 after a three-year stint at News5. During her time at the Kapatid news division, Bocobo had served as news anchor to newscasts like Balitang 60 and Andar Ng Mga Balita.