ABS-CBN DocuCentral's 'Ang Babae ng Balangiga' documentary to air this Sunday

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, January 19, 2019
Photo: ABS-CBN
A devout Catholic prayer leader, a dedicated sister, a woman who fell in love with the enemy—who was Casiana Nacionales and what was her role in the Balangiga Encounter of 1901?

Award-winning broadcast journalist Jeff Canoy answers these questions and delves deeper into the history of the September 1901 attack by telling the often untold story of Casiana in the ABS-CBN DocuCentral documentary "Ang Babae ng Balangiga" on Sunday's Best, January 20 after “Gandang Gabi Vice.”

The town of Balangiga, Eastern Samar was recently back in the spotlight after its famous church bells were returned to their original home in San Lorenzo de Martir last December 15, 2018.

Full press release after the jump...

Media Newser Philippines' Media Winners and Losers for 2018

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, January 18, 2019
Photo: GMA-7/One News/CNN Philippines Life/JL Javier/Erwin Tulfo
Arwork: Media Newser Philippines
And so here are we at the start of 2019, where we continue our tradition of listing down the names, programs and networks that defined the past year.

Here in our annual yearender, we are not just going to honor the best of the best in Philippine television news industry (or beyond that), but also name some of the year's biggest losers and epic failures.

Annalisa Burgos leaves ANC's 'Early Edition'

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Screenshot: ANC
Annalisa Burgos, the lead anchor of Early Edition, has left the ANC morning show.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Burgos announced that she will no longer be seen on the show, citing "budget cuts and creative differences" as the reasons why she left.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity and had more plans for the show, but when visions don't align, the less expensive option prevails," Burgos wrote.

"You may know that I've been a journalist for 20 years in the U.S. and Singapore, but I had no ties to the Philippines — only a vision and an advocacy. A vision to bring new approaches to coverage so the Philippines could be on par with global newsrooms and an advocacy to elevate the awareness and discourse of global issues among Filipinos. I worked to create engaging, relevant content not just for our local decision makers, but also the Filipino diaspora and foreign audiences. I pushed for a morning show that had intelligence, personality and heart," she added.

ABS-CBN News launches multi-platform coverage of the Black Nazarene procession

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Photo: ABS-CBN
Once again, millions of devotees of the Black Nazarene will brave the heat and the congestion to participate in the annual “Traslacion” to the Quiapo church in Manila that has become a way for many Filipinos to pray, give thanks, and ask for forgiveness from God.

Witness what every devotee goes through just to be able to touch the Black Nazarene in a special episode of “Red Alert” with Jeff Canoy this Wednesday (January 9) on ABS-CBN.

The award-winning journalist will show how it is to enter the crowd, hold on to the rope, and climb up to the pedestal carrying the image of the Black Nazarene, that has been the goal of every devotee just like 20 year old Renz Guiron.

Full press release after the jump...

Tricia Zafra leaves network news to become a humanitarian worker

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Photo: Tricia Zafra
Longtime Kapuso reporter Tricia Zafra has left GMA News. The announcement was made Monday through a blog post titled "Why I Left My Job as a TV News Reporter in a Popular Network," published on SubSelfie.

"It is not easy leaving a job you've had for more than a decade. But it is more difficult to resist going after what will make you genuinely happy while you’re still young," Zafra wrote.

As to where she is heading next, Zafra said she will be embarking on "another meaningful journey as a humanitarian worker," working for the international, independent, medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders as a communications officer.

Atty. Mel Sta. Maria talks about his webshow and its role in the upcoming midterm elections

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, December 21, 2018
Vice President Leni Robredo during her live guesting on Atty. Mel Sta. Maria's webshow earlier this month
Photo: Atty. Mel Sta. Maria
On the most recent edition of his webshow Interview with Dean Mel Sta. Maria, lawyer and broadcaster Mel Sta. Maria sat down country's second highest ranking official — no other than Vice President Leni Robredo — for a wide-ranging interview.

It was his biggest coup since transitioning from television to web — an effort on his part to utilize more of his interviewing skills, first seen during his game-changing interview with then-President Noynoy Aquino in 2014.

GMA News and Public Affairs scores YouTube Innovation Grant for 'Stand for Truth'

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, December 19, 2018
From L to R: The team behind “Stand for Truth”: 
Senior Program Manager Nowell Cuanang, First Vice 
President for Public Affairs Nessa Valdellon, Assistant
Vice President Jaileen Jimeno, and GMA News Online 
Editor-in-chief Jaemark Tordecilla
Photo: GMA-7
GMA News and Public Affairs — the most internationally-awarded broadcast news organization in the country — just received an innovation funding grant from the world’s leading online video platform YouTube.

The grant enables GMA News and Public Affairs to mount a major innovation project involving news.  The winning proposal: “Stand for Truth: powered by GMA’s Digital Video Lab”— a weeknight news program produced by the young, for the young -- will contain elements never been used before in traditional GMA newscasts.

The newscast will be headlined by a young set of anchors with reporters from all over the country and will be powered by the GMA Digital Video Lab. It will incorporate music, the latest in mobile journalism and new storytelling tools for online publishing.

Full press release after the jump...

'Balitang America' reporter Jared Bray talks about his Balangiga bells coverage

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, December 17, 2018
Photo: Jared Bray
After more than a century, the historic church bells of Balangiga in Eastern Samar were finally brought back home last week, ending what was considered to be one of the darkest chapters in Philippine history.

Among the first local news outlets to cover the story was ABS-CBN News, which through its Balitang America reporter Jared Bray scored exclusives on the centuries-old bells.

Last month, the BA reporter landed a rare access to the F.E. Warren Air Force Base during the send-off ceremony for the bells. This in addition to securing an interview with Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez. Bray documented all of these through his reporting on various Kapamilya platforms including ABS-CBN through its morning show Umagang Kay Ganda, ANC through Early Edition, and DZMM TeleRadyo.

CNN Philippines partners with leading streaming service iflix

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, December 13, 2018
iflix Country Manager Sherwin dela Cruz and CNN Philippines President Armie Jarin-Bennett
Photo: CNN Philippines
CNN Philippines strengthens its reach as it partners with iflix, one of the leading entertainment streaming service in the world. The network is now part of the iflix News roster, targeting a vast mobile audience who consumes news on the go.

CNN Philippines on iflix shows the full roster of CNN Philippines programs live — from its hourly news and current affairs programs to its multi-awarded sports, documentary and international shows. CNN Philippines can be viewed on iflix everyday, free of charge.

Full press release after the jump...

Claire Celdran to host CNN Philippines' 'Behind The Brand' primetime specials

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, December 10, 2018
Screenshot: CNN Philippines
Morning show veteran Claire Celdran is set to return to TV via the new CNN Philippines primetime special Behind The Brand.

The special, which will air on a periodic basis, will look into some of the most iconic, established brands in the country.

As per our sources, Celdran, who left her anchor posts on New Day and Newsroom in May, is not expected to appear on other CNN Philippines programs — at least not yet, or not officially — as she will be working for the station on a freelance capacity.