ABS-CBN to re-air award-winning documentary 'Agosto Beinte-Uno'

BY MEDIANEWSER.COM TEAM | Saturday, August 23, 2014
ABS-CBN’s internationally-acclaimed documentary on former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.’s assassination titled  “Agosto Beinte-Uno: Ang Pagpatay Kay Ninoy Aquino” airs again this Sunday (August 24) to commemorate one of the country’s biggest events in the history that led to the return of democracy.

The documentary, which was first aired in 2013, received commendations from different award giving bodies, including a Silver World Medal (Graphic Design: Promotion/Open & ID category) and finalist certificate (Television: Documentary/Information Program category) from New York Festivals, and a Silver Screen Award (Television: Documentary Biography category) from US International Film & Video Festival.

Full press release after the jump...

News5 finally grabs attention with Atty. Mel Sta. Maria's interview with PNoy

BY MEDIANEWSER.COM TEAM | Monday, August 18, 2014
Sometimes an interview can bore you off a little because it's either too long or the questions being asked by the interviewer appears too repetitive. It can also turn you off when the interviewer tries so hard to grab a gotcha soundbite from the interviewee.

Fortunately for Atty. Mel Sta. Maria's interview with President Aquino aired last night, it didn't face any of those problems. It was straightforward, intelligently done, and most importantly, answered many of our questions.

Whether you're a rightest or leftist, no one can argue with the fact that this interview was new and novel, especially for those who await the President's take on the possible amendment of the Cory Constitution, and the passage of the long-delayed FOI or Freedom of Information bill, among others.

TV5's Atty. Mel Sta. Maria scores exclusive interview with President Aquino

BY MEDIANEWSER.COM TEAM | Thursday, August 14, 2014
Image: Atty. Mel Sta. Maria
TV5's resident legal analyst Atty. Mel Sta. Maria was able to score an exclusive interview with President Noynoy Aquino Wednesday — his first big interview since joining the Kapatid Network three years ago.

In the interview, the President said he is now open for the amendment of the Constitution, with a possibility of seeking a second term come 2016.

Goodbye Solar News, Hello 9News

BY MEDIANEWSER.COM TEAM | Thursday, August 14, 2014
Solar Television Inc. announced plans Wednesday for the rebranding of Solar News to 9News, effective August 23.

In a press statement, the network said that the rebranding "heralds the beginning of the channel's opportunity to reach a wider audience," thus beefing up its weekend lineup to cater to more viewers.

"The network will retain its objectives and values," the statement said. "9TV will continue making its mark in developing an informed and inspired public, while also broadening its appeal to the free TV audience. 9News will continue to be the credible and consistent source of news and information, offering 'News You Can Use' and back-to-basics journalism."

News5 reporter Fiona Nicolas jumps to Solar News

BY MEDIANEWSER.COM TEAM | Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Longtime TV5 reporter Fiona Nicolas is joining the soon-to-be displaced Solar News (9News).

In her new role, Nicolas will be doing a series of investigative and political reports for the Sunny Network. "I'm a journalist and will always be one. It's my passion, it's in my heart. Solar gave me the opportunity to practice my craft," she tells us during an interview this afternoon.

Nicolas, who has served as a senior correspondent for TV5 for 8 years, was known in media circles to have deep sources in political beat, especially in the House of Representatives. Before leaving the Kapatid Network, she was able to do an exclusive report on the Aman Futures scam through Luchi Cruz Valdes' now-defunct nightly program Reaksyon.

Ces Oreña-Drilon: 'I stand by my stories on the Maguindanao massacre'

BY MEDIANEWSER.COM TEAM | Saturday, August 09, 2014
A recent report filed by Bandila news anchor Ces Oreña-Drilon about a notebook which allegedly contains the names of people allegedly bribed to jeopardize the Maguindanao massacre case, is not only malicious but is also unverified, according to DOJ prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon.

Fadullon, among the names mentioned in the report, said it was irresponsible to air an unverified story.

"I find that report very irresponsible, very unprofessional," he said. "It becomes doubly irresponsible when the one who reports it doesn't take time to validate the information. That's what I call irresponsible journalism."

The Paolo Bediones sex video scandal: Expectation vs. reality

BY MEDIANEWSER.COM TEAM | Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Expectation: Bediones taking a leave of absence.
Reality: News5 is pretending like everything's back to normal.

There's a widespread chitchat in media circles that raises this very simple question: How in the world did News5 executives allow Paolo Bediones to resume his anchoring job amid his sex video scandal?

ANC reshuffles anchors

BY MEDIANEWSER.COM TEAM | Sunday, August 03, 2014
ANC will reshuffle roles of some of its top anchors beginning Monday, August 4.

Solar News to be renamed News9?

BY MEDIANEWSER.COM TEAM | Thursday, July 31, 2014
Our anonymous tip box filled up so quickly with questions (not news tips) regarding Solar News' omission of the word 'Solar' on their daily programs, most noticeably on their flagship newscast Solar Network News, which is now generically called Network News.

TV5 behind Paolo Bediones amid alleged sex scandal

BY MEDIANEWSER.COM TEAM | Sunday, July 27, 2014

TV5 has expressed its support to one of its news pillars, Paolo Bediones, after the circulation of his private video on social media.

In a statement released Sunday, the network said: “The recent issue involving our news anchor, Paolo Bediones, on social media is a purely personal and private matter in which TV5 has no involvement or desire to intrude.”