Talks between PTV4 and Charie Villa break down

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, August 25, 2016

Photo: ABS-CBN
Charie Villa's ascension as the head of PTV4 has been scratched due to her expressed views against extrajudicial killings and the burial of the late Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

As she narrated in a Facebook thread, Villa said that she has decided to refuse any offer, because "I think they are not serious about what they promised, and with what's happening lately, I think I will be more effective outside."

Recalling the discussions between her and Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar, Villa wrote: "After stringing for BBC in Davao, when Duterte was elected but not installed yet, Rico Hizon of BBC and I worked on INTV and we were promised a one on one, nothing came out of it. When I got back Martin Andanar called, I thought to apologize for standing us up, but no. He said, 'How would you like to head the news of PTV4?' So we met and agreed in principle to build a public info hub and I introduced my advocacy Tao Po, to make the government responsive to people's needs. He liked it he said, 'a responsive government.' But I had an earlier schedule to go to the U.S. for a month and we agreed no word to come out. He was invited by Karen Davila [on Headstart] where he hinted an ex-ABS-CBN executive will take on PTV4. I was deluged with messages, inquiries, applications for work, emails on what is wrong with PTV4 (madaming ghost employees, corruption etc.). When I returned, I messaged Martin and he said, 'I've been lobbying for you.' So I said, 'huh?' Anyway, I still said, 'If your plan to build a public news source is still on, I'll be glad to help in anyway I can in any capacity. It's my advocacy.' But until now, no word so I have decided to refuse any offer, because I think they are not serious about what they promised, and with what's happening lately, I think I will be more effective outside."

Media Newser Philippines, citing a report by the Inquirer, reported in June that Villa would be joining the state-owned television network.

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