Past and present ABS-CBN newsers show support for the network

By Media Newser Philippines | Sunday, May 26, 2019

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Amid renewed attention on the possible non-renewal of its broadcasting franchise, past and present newsers of ABS-CBN have come together to express their love and support for the network.

Taking to their social media accounts, newsers paid tribute to the Kapamilya Network, which just marked its 65th anniversary this year.

ABS-CBN News chief Ging Reyes, in an Instagram post, recalled how she got her start in the business and the journey she went through as a Kapamilya, writing: "I have been and always will be a #proudkapamilya! Started in #abscbnnews in 1986 as a production assistant and rose from the ranks on hard work, determination and grit. I was a young mother (eventually a single one) trying to make it in that brave new world. We were all learning as we gathered stories, produced the newscasts and new shows, in our makeshift newsroom with hardly any equipment or resources. In #abscbn, I found my voice and pursued a calling, from the farthest towns to the diaspora communities an ocean away."

"We witness history unfold and seek truth, and in so doing, ruffle feathers and invite criticism. No administration in this country was ever happy with News. That’s why we know we are doing our job. What is news after all, but something someone somewhere does not want published or aired? This is why an independent media matters in any democracy. This is the reason a free press is protected by our Constitution," Reyes added.

Nadia Trinidad, the news production head of ANC, also tweeted her support for her home network, writing: "As with anyone else working in any other newsroom, we don't sh*t rainbows everyday to please everyone. I covered government and politics for a long time and my stories ruffled a lot of feathers, across party lines, during different administration.

"And as with any other company there are good and bad days — but I've always known I'm in a good place because everyday for the last two decades, ABS-CBN challenges me to be a better journalist and a better person than this day before. Most importantly, challenges everyone in this country to be better Filipinos."







I have been and always will be a #proudkapamilya! Started in #abscbnnews in 1986 as a production assistant and rose from the ranks on hard work, determination and grit. I was a young mother (eventually a single one) trying to make it in that brave new world. We were all learning as we gathered stories, produced the newscasts and new shows, in our makeshift newsroom with hardly any equipment or resources. In #abscbn, I found my voice and pursued a calling, from the farthest towns to the diaspora communities an ocean away. We witness history unfold and seek truth, and in so doing, ruffle feathers and invite criticism. No administration in this country was ever happy with News. That’s why we know we are doing our job. What is news after all, but something someone somewhere does not want published or aired? This is why an independent media matters in any democracy. This is the reason a free press is protected by our Constitution. And while we celebrate successes, we also acknowledge and learn from our failures. We belong to an industry that’s competitive and tough, but also one that aims to be a force for good. No amount of attacks from powerful people and blind fanatics can diminish our resolve to stay the course and remain in the service of our fellow Filipinos.
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Across the TV pond, ABS-CBN News alumni such as Pinky Webb, Pia Hontiveros, Claire Celdran, Kathy San Gabriel. Ryan Chua, Jamela Alindogan, Cheryl Cosim and Jove Francisco have also voiced out their support for their former television home, which was the subject of Jimmy Bondoc's scathing Facebook post earlier this week.

"Masaya ako sa aking orihinal na network o pamilya. Pero kahit sandali lang ako naging Kapamilya ay nakiki-isa ako sa mga nagtatrabaho roon," said Francisco, who prior to joining Cignal TV's One News and One PH, worked as the executive producer of The World Tonight. "Hindi po magandang naisin ng isang tao na mawalan ng trabaho o pagkukunan ng ikabubuhay ang kapwa niya."


To recap, Bondoc, a die-hard Duterte supporter and later on appointee, said he is excited for the closure of "biggest TV network" in the country, which he described as a "snake pit" and "where success is based on politics and sexual favors."

"I AM EAGERLY AWAITING YOUR DEMISE," he wrote on his Facebook page. "I know how this sounds. And I know the nasty comments which are bound to come. I don't care. If you think COMELEC is bad, wait until you see the real machinery that is known as the 'biggest network.'"

President Duterte said on numerous occasions that he would "object" to the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise, which is set to expire in 2020.

“Hindi ko palusutin iyong franchise niyo matatapos. But let me ask you questions first. Kasi ako talaga mag-object na ma-renew kayo. Alam mo bakit? Magnanakaw kayo, estapador,” he said back in November of 2018.

House Bill 4349, which aims for its renewal for another 25 years, is still pending at the committee level.

Read the rest of the posts from other past and present Kapamilya newsers:






Late edition: Coming from an immersive stint at a wonderful network, it's been great to transition into a new home as a weekend warrior, and weave a simple strand into a long, rich tapestry of excellence. All thanks to a professional team of peers, a top-notch production unit, and a brilliant cadre of leaders who stand on the shoulders of visionaries and strive to truly be in service of the #global #filipino - while enabling me to pursue my day job and vocation. Congratulations to #abscbn and #anc for the world-beating, award-winning experience and milestones. Thank you for the opportunity to contribute in this small but meaningful capacity. Here's to the next sixty-five years in the #digital age, and then some. #onthemoney #shoptalk #entreplab #chuffed #kapamilya #gawadtanglaw #mediamatters #stayclassy
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