Pia Hontiveros to anchor 'Solar Network News'

BY MEDIANEWSER.COM TEAM | Saturday, June 16, 2012

Come Monday (June 18), Solar Network will debut its flagship evening newscast called Solar Network News, aiming to be an alternative from the Big 3 network evening newscasts.

Former ANC host Pia Hontiveros will anchor the one-hour newscast which will air at 6 pm.

“Being an anchor is like riding a bike or driving a car, you never really forget how to do it,” said Hontiveros.

Hontiveros will be working with a new breed of reporters and the newscast will be supervised but not executive produced by Senior Vice President for News and Public Affairs Jing Magsaysay.

This will mark a new chapter in Hontiveros' career as she'll take a bigger role and become the face of Solar News. It was something that appealed to her when she joined the network last year, off from a successful career on ABS-CBN News. “I’m looking forward to this new adventure. What a journey it has been and what a journey it will be, that’s how I look at my career in journalism,” she said.

Solar Network News will be a straight newscast with mostly stories on national news, politics, business and the economy. The network will try to differentiate itself from the Big 3 networks by not devoting airtime on police news stories.

“We will air news that is useful, news that you can use,” said Hontiveros.

Solar News Production Head and Solar Network News supervising producer Ferdie Aboga said: “We will not reinvent broadcasting in the Philippines, we will not revolutionize journalism. We are just here to do our basic task as journalists, which is to tell the story. And that’s what we’ll do: tell the story of the Filipino people.”

“Journalists often times assume what is good for the viewers. And we sometimes take away from them their basic right to formulate their own view of the news. We will not do that. We will present news in a sober, unaffected manner and we will leave it up to the audience to decide what is good and bad, what is right and what is wrong,” he added.

“In national stories, we will present as much information as possible so our viewers are armed to make intelligent decisions. In political issues, we will make sure that both sides are given enough time to explain. We will present analysts to distill the information we gathered. Even in our analyses, we will make sure to present varied perspectives,” Aboga added.

Solar Network News
will air live this Monday, June 18 at 6 pm on TalkTV.