Timow’s Turf Midyear Report 2021

[Updated October 22, 2021]

ONE YEAR AGO today, the House of Representatives triggered a mercy shot on Mother Ignacia, completing the President’s premeditated plot that was four years in the making. The repercussions triggered around the national TV industry amidst the global pandemic. 

For GMA Network, it’s given them inevitable crowning glory and a free pass.

For TV5, it triggered the execution of the revival of local entertainment after four years.

For CNN Philippines, it signaled a pivotal moment for aiming for serious, in-depth news and current affairs.

For the state-owned and controlled media entities (PTV and IBC), an urge to change their paradigms and compete with them. 

But did it work out well?

We are now past the midpoint of 2021 — the first full year without the trailblazer, a time to restore from the effects of the pandemic and a resolution to adapt to better normal and reformation of their respective image. 

For the TV industry, is there life after Mother Ignacia? If so, how would we rate them?


The Road to NCAA on GMA and the Foggy Foresight

IMAGINE YOURSELF back in time in the office, long before COVID-19 destroyed the normal ways of life. It was January 2020. You and your officemate conversed at the water dispenser in your office pantry about sports coverage in the post-Mother Ignacia era.

You: “Pare, gaano posible ba mag-cover ng sports ang GMA?” [Bro, how possible will GMA cover sports?]

Officemate: “Kapag lumilipad ang mga baboy.” [When pigs fly.] (sips water from his mug) 

Unfortunately for the officemate, the Kamuning Network got a sportscasting contract and his reaction would’ve been spitted either from his mouth or his nose.

The Philippines’ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is set to tip-off at least by next month (on June 13). In anticipation of their first domestic sportscasting foray, GMA has done much to promote the Grand Old League (thanks to bottomless windfall arising from the loss of their competitor).

As of this publication, GTV is airing the primer series, “Rise Up Stronger: The Road to NCAA Season 96” (presented by Martin Javier and Sophia Senoron) to mark their hype of the first full-time sportscasting foray of GMA Network (as a corporate entity) since the 1996 NBA Finals that crowned Michael Jordan from the Chicago Bulls as the MVP. 


Crossing the Bridge of No Return, One Year After

(NOTE: This post serves as Quarterly Open Pit No. 16. Consider this as my candid confession post; it’s hard to hold your silence but this has to be done.)

The Bridge of No Return crosses the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) between North Korea and South Korea. The name comes from the final ultimatum that was given to prisoners of war brought to the bridge for repatriation. Once they crossed the bridge, they will never go back, even if they later changed their minds.

FIFTY-TWO TUESDAYS AGO, the Philippine media industry has inevitably crossed the metaphorical bridge of no return amidst the new normal. The landscape of television has shifted forever and many of us — including yours truly — will be remembered and be traumatized.

While some audacious politicians say they’re not affected by that. It truly did. It affected not just the mental health of both those who are laid off and those who remained with more heavier workload. It also affected the job prospects (not just for Mass Communication graduates but also for Electronic Communications Engineering) and felt the chilling effect of government agencies like the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) when it comes the overall progress of digital terrestrial television (DTT) transition and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) on their revenue stream.

While some enforce callously for closure and healing (babang luksa) tomorrow after a year, its wounds are still fresh in their inerasable memories.

While the sore winners say it’s “no big deal,” it unfolded to be a consequential move, especially in the far-flung areas.

Since the start of this year (2021), I cannot utter the name of the former TV network or its corresponding nickname anymore — and I euphemized them —  because saying its name is a “mortal sin.” Not to mention, I glaringly omitted their programs and/or described them indirectly. (Reminder: I didn’t include their teleseryes because it’s not our policy, enforced before 2020, to tackle upcoming and ending teleseryes in detail.)

I have imposed a “Give Chance to Others” Policy; the answer of why I’ve done that will be tackled after.

Come tomorrow, they’ll celebrate this as the “Day of Thanksgiving” with prideful taunts on the other side while ignoring their errors. In this post, I’ll tackle two invectives you probably hear from them and how I appropriated them with the current progress.


Simulcast Frenzy: When Does This Good Thing Go Bad?

[Requested by MJH]

AT THIS SPECIFIC TIME in the pre-pandemic era, you’re about to finish work for the day. As you would drove along a thoroughfare that is well-known for heavy traffic in the evening rush hour, your favorite newscast on TV will start in a few minutes but in a swift moment, you tuned your car radio to their corresponding frequency.

The aforementioned situation described above is the broadcast practice of simulcasting. Simulcasting is the broadcasting of programs across more than one medium or more than one service on the same medium.

Simulcasts can happen within sister channels just like the Six-Lettered Network back then with their UAAP Finals or MPBL Finals on weekend in place of a filler movie block.

Events that are covered to most media platforms are also part of the broad definition of simulcast; one of the best examples of that is the President delivering the State of the Nation Address to Congress every July.

This broadcasting practice is normal but sometimes, like in all things, it can go too far and pretty harmful — especially if you have the virtual sole control in the TV industry. Let’s examine the current case of GMA Network after the jump.


Holy Week 2021: An Extraordinary Celebration for Our Country and for Our TV

Carlos “Botong” Francisco’s “First Mass at Limasawa” depicts the first Easter Sunday service on our shores half a millennium ago. This year marks our “Great Jubilee” of the Christian faith.

THIS YEAR’S Holy Week is extraordinary. It will mark the seven-day countdown to the Quincentennial Year (the 500th anniversary) of our Christian faith in the country that will start — rather than culminating, as initially planned — on Easter Sunday on April 4.

This sacred week of Christendom happens on the last four days of March and the first four of April. Therefore, the community quarantine status of the country for the coming month would be very critical but it has been anticipated by the IATF.

In the external backdrop, the daily COVID cases across the country recently went on the upward trend (the all-time high daily cases was recorded at 8,109 just yesterday). The dreadful variants made most of the vaccines (meagerly on hand) futile in terms of efficacy; one preferred and enforced brand is questionable due to incomplete salient data. This is more worrying than when the country initially responded back a year ago and we are already suffering the fatigue (We can call it the collective carrying of our crosses).

However, the extraordinariness behind this Holy Week is not just for its monumental commemoration — in which the key theme of Missio Ad Gentes (mission to the peoples) will be integrated — and the current external situation but also on the events happening on the small screens.

Here on Timow’s Turf, our mission is to chronicle what is confirmed and to guess closely what will happen in the coming week. (Jump ahead to get with the content.)


The News and Beyond: What’s next when FTA channels are gone?

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CASUALTY IN SHAW BOULEVARD. An internal memo from CNN Philippines said that there will be downsizing in operations on March 16 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

THIS YEAR would’ve marked the tenth anniversary of the free-to-air news channel experiment.

However, we witnessed almost two weeks ago that GMA News TV became GTV (despite the nearly completed transition). It took them a bit more than two years after TV5’s realization in their counterpart, AksyonTV (now One Sports). The story behind their slowest realization in Kamuning-Timog Avenue doesn’t need any further explanation.

Not only that, in ten days (March 16), CNN Philippines will start retrenching some of its employees due to the impact of the pandemic after their internal memo was released to the newser outlets last month. Before this moment, one edition of their newscasts was quietly axed. How unfortunate that as they will turn six years old when this will happen as last year, the channel from Mandaluyong was twice off the air when two different employees in their headquarters in Worldwide Corporate Center tested positive for COVID-19. However, the renewed naming rights that were bestowed to Shaw Boulevard will not expire until 2024.

At first, this specific genre in a particular radio-TV frequency spectrum was used to feed news and information for the middle to lower classes as those in cable and satellite for the highest and upper-middle strata.

GMA was planning for this on Channel 11 to replace QTV last February 28, 2011, but TV5’s Aksyon TV rolled ahead by one week and ran round the clock. A few days later, Solar Entertainment Corporation launched Talk TV on SBN 21, which was inaccessible for neighboring provinces.

A year later, Talk TV became Solar News Channel and introduced their own local newscasts — in English — so that viewers can get a straightforward, broadsheet-style alternative. (Filipino newscasts did not deliver until 2016 when Pinky Webb arrived.)

The year 2013 became a turning point for the genre as Aksyon TV stopped the 24/7 operation and began to dilute their sports content after the AKTV blocktime with IBC 13 expired. Meanwhile, Solar News Channel went up to VHF territory channel 9 — which became the home of successor channels, 9TV and now, CNN Philippines.

When digital TV receivers became newfangled and commercialized in the mid-2010s, Inquirer 990 Television was launched and used to be part of BEAM’s digital subchannel lineup. Like with the Forbidden yet Unforgettable Network, their franchise expired just last year when they were off the air due to the ongoing lockdown, leaving a gaping hole for the DTT novelty channel.

As of this writing, GMA, despite the dominance, has no pure news and commentary channel and they are facing a complicated decision if they’ll try again for one of the two vacant digital subchannels left in their lawful frequency. TV5 has One PH with its operations and programming under the control of Cignal TV and PhilStar Media Group since the start of this year. CNN Philippines has integrated cartoons from Cartoon Network on the weekend daytime when there is a slow news day before their news of operation downsizing happened.

What have we learned after this decade-long run? The experiment of news channels in the free-to-air analog sphere is not successful in the long run. They are not moneymakers as news and information spread faster online, despite consumer’s need for verification.

That being said, media pundits said that pure news channels don’t exist and every channel on the common platform has to profit. As such, they are definitely profitable in the cable and satellite (cab/sat) platform for 25 years and counting. This is why in Mother Ignacia and — for those who have obvious contempt with the former — in Reliance succeeded; Kamuning never took that opportunity and waited until social media adapts to livestream.

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[The New PHTV Order] GMA Network Still Requires a Major Change of Heart

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is the second of the two-part series. Although January is behind us, the plan for 2021 remains.]

THE OLD ORDER of things has passed away and Philippine television is no exception.

After the decades of heated head-to-head rivalry in the South Triangle of Quezon City, they concluded not just from a planned fall of a pioneering giant but also by a global pandemic.

With the New Normal now adapted, we also witnessed a New Landscape of this traditional media. It will be a test between the triumphant giant, GMA and the momentum-gaining challenger, TV5.

In the second part, we will tackle the Kapuso Network — fittingly right in the month of hearts — but did they win the hearts of the public as they are finally earned the No. 1 spot? Let’s find out.


The Hindsight That Was 2020: How the Surviving TV Networks Fared? (Part I)

“If I knew back then what I know now. / If I understood the what, when, why and how. / Now it’s clear to me. What I should have done. / But hindsight is 20/20 vision.”

~George Benson, “20/20” (1985)

THE FIRST year of the New Decade is coming to an end. This is a year that we expected a “perfect vision” or a show of ambition and surprises. However, we did not foresee a global outbreak.

The COVID-19 pandemic puts a halt to the production of those things we looked forward to and puts precarious precautions on the essentials. In addition, the premeditated fall of a media giant has led other surviving competitors to either fight rapaciously over new broadcast rights or gain more and rediscover a better purpose.

In this two-part of the year-ender, how did the remaining TV networks respond? (NOTE: Let’s just pretend that ABS-CBN and the ZOE deal that forms A2Z are no longer relevant to discussions anymore because, well… you voted for it, you asked for it.)

The first part tackles the Remaining Two Major Networks: GMA and TV5.


Proclaimed as “The Philippines’ Largest Network” since May 6 (and reaffirmed and crowned on July 10) benefitted the windfall — a lion’s share in the pool of TV advertising money — without any impediment. Whether a pandemic or competitor’s fall, the common negative connotation of their over-all operational attitudes like complacency and craftiness has mostly not changed.

In June, during their 70th (corporate) anniversary, they cunningly launched their Affordabox and introduced new digital and inclusive subchannels — Heart of Asia and Hallypop — to teach the former competitor a harsh lesson that exclusivity of their channels for five years is a big mistake.

Six former Kapamilya talents jumped over the fence — Daryl Ong (immediately after the end of free-to-air operations), Khalil Ramos (to join his girlfriend Gabbi Garcia), Luis Hontiveros (the nephew of Senator Risa, who jumped to the network a few days before Congressional ultimatum), Miss Universe 2016 contingent Maxine Medina, Clarence Delgado (a Goin’ Bulilit alumnus) and Richard Yap (Sir Chief).

It’s easy to label the newly crowned media giant for being “law-abiding”, “exemplar” or a paragon to the TV industry in the post-ABS chapter. Well, one organic institution and the social media public thought otherwise. On September 22, the Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of 30 workers and compelled the network to pay them back wages since their illegal dismissal in 2013. Earlier this month, a renowned documentary photographer exposed the predatory practice of asking for free work from amateur and professional photographers or videographers for their public affairs programming.

Since the fallen competitor dissolves its regional network group, they are the only national network that has the capabilities.

Last November 1, GMA News TV drew under fire for not having a marathon coverage over the swathe destruction across Bicolandia due to Supertyphoon Rolly. People expected this channel to be next in line now that (DZMM) Teleradyo is out of reach in times of calamities. This error was compensated when Typhoon Ulysses battered Luzon one and a half weeks later.

With NCAA on the bag, they have no more excuses to establish one organizational deficiency (i.e. turn their Sports into a separate from but equal status as to News & Public Affairs); in other words, no more time for “playing safe” — at least, in this organizational and operational shakeup.



The network from Reliance/Novaliches gained momentum this year and is now the No. 2 TV network.

Before the pandemic, Manny V. Pangilinan bagged an award from the Asian Television Awards back in January — that was aired on this network — for the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television, solid Kapatid viewers laughed hard. Once the elephant in the room fell, it’s like that they took it back and forgave him.

After the Congress’ contrived fate, the network is willing to lend a hand for talents — creative, technical and artisans — from the further loss of exposure and to revive the local entertainment after a four-year hiatus. The local entertainment revival was done in three waves through blocktimers — including Albee Benitez’s Brightlight Productions that containing Kapamilya-molded talents and directors. (In one of the predictions, we were spot on that they air Masked Singer Pilipinas.) They bore the light and they somewhat live on their legacy.

They are bearing a load of sporting contracts once held by Dos (especially S+A) like NBA and ONE Championship, pushing the NFL into the satellite-only broadcast. With UAAP’s airing rights in their hands, despite the cancelation of Season 83, their sportscasting portfolio is overwhelmed.

One may say that this TV network has been exemplified as the Good Samaritan in the world of priests and Levites.

While the shows they aired were promising and praiseworthy, the signal reception has always been a butt of the jokes for MVP’s media empire. Had the reach be at par and consistent with GMA, there would be more viewers who will lure to Reliance because of their gallant initiative and provide alternative options to “cringy” production value from Coach Anzai’s Felipe Gozon’s media realm. Yet, they should be mindful of the lessons of hastiness from the previous decade. The entertainment programming honcho, Perci Intalan, must remain steadfast amidst the insistence of die-hard Kapatid viewers.

Part II, dealing with Minor VHF and Significant UHF/Digital Channels, will be tackled on December 29

[350th Post Special] Alternate PHTV Timeline: What If COVID-19 Never Happened?

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: This post is a piece of fiction based on a handful of facts. Please take this with a grain of salt.]

WE CAN ALL agree about these two maxims: We can neither change the past nor regain the lost time.

During our (normal, face-to-face) school days, we keep asking questions to our history teachers “hows” and “whys,” over significant happenings of places but a few dared to ask “What if” or “What could’ve happened…?”

Those few belong to an academic realm of alternate history, a type of speculative fiction consisting of one or more different historical events. For those who will take this genre, the decision lies up to one’s belief and others have some reservations. On YouTube, you can find these genres with supporting maps; others have showcased in DeviantArt or in related forums.

However, in this specific AH, we will not include maps.

This idea came from a comment by Twitter user @tootongjomartin back in January after publishing the second part of the series “If There Is No More ABS-CBN” where the remaining competitors respond in a normal (non-pandemic) setting.

Now it happened.

Therefore, in retrospect, The main question of this AH project is: “What might have happened to the media networks if the COVID-19 pandemic never happened?”

The constraints: You cannot change the weather patterns from May 6 to the present.

BEAR IN MIND: In a supporting YouTube video, the acronyms A.E.T. stands for “Alternate Earth Timeline” (the situation of what and R.E.T. stands for “Real Earth Timeline,” as in what happened in reality.


Before May 4

The daily Laging Handa public briefing from PCOO would simply not exist.

SMAC Television Production’s shows would have rolled: one on IBC 13 (Yes! Yes! Yow!) and two on GMA News TV.

On PTV, Lotto draws would’ve conducted as usual while on IBC, El Shaddai would have been airing.

On TV5, Aksyon newscast branding would’ve stayed. The Buhay Komedya Channel on Cignal would’ve been launched as scheduled.

May 2020

Wednesday, May 6

  • Emergency meetings were summoned from advertising agencies, KBP to media networks like GMA and TV5.
  • Two months after finishing Season 95, the NCAA Policy Board was shocked by the news as they were literally halfway through the contract.
  • Roberto P. Galang, president of TV5, would be hinted to the press about their plans, “Our entertainment programming will be revived perhaps after the Tokyo Olympics.”
  • Meanwhile, the master control on GMA Network logs that programs were finished on time as promoted after a bit more than two years of being head-to-head.

Tuesday, May 12

  • One month before the 2020-2021 season tipoff, MPBL faces a dilemma on which broadcaster be their new home. PTV is next in option.
  • ALTERNATE EARTH HEADLINE: Palawan nixes division


The UAAP 82 women’s volleyball is finished — with Liga carrying the Finals. With the five-year contract of UAAP and ABS-CBN expired, the prestigious collegiate league’s board faces jitters.


Sunday, June 14

On GMA, All Out Sundays threw a grandiose party on their network’s 70th anniversary with the formal launch of GMA Affordabox (12 days earlier than in real time). Tomorrow, Heart of Asia becomes the first digital subchannel other than GMA News TV to formally launch.


Saturday, July 5

NCAA Season 96 (host school: Colegio de San Juan de Letran) would proceed without a terrestrial broadcast partner.

Friday, July 10

With the House of Representatives denied the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN, the UAAP board summoned an emergency meeting on determining who will be their new broadcast partner.

Friday, July 24

The Tokyo Olympics would’ve begun. Though the country’s broadcast rights are awarded to MVP Media Group, the opening ceremony was aired on One Sports instead of TV5 because of PBA because the league doesn’t respect the international multi-sporting event.

Saturday, July 25

In gymnastics qualifying, Carlos Yulo was qualified on the men’s floor competition. The coverage aired on both TV5 and One Sports.

Friday, July 31

Because it was a holiday and due to the qualification, TV5 decided to cover Carlos Yulo’s final competition on the main channel instead of their sports channel. Thankfully, it was in the morning. He won the first Olympic gold for the country, the Filipino audience was jubilant. The Philippine national anthem was played for the first time, Yulo wept tears of joy.

Monday, August 10

Just as Galang promised, the first wave of programs from TV5 began (one week earlier than in real life) to roll.

ALTERNATE EARTH HEADLINE: [Carlos] Yulo to get hero’s welcome, meet Rody

Monday, August 31

As ABS-CBN Regional Group folded, GMA Regional TV’s programs in the morning began to expand.

Saturday, September 5

UAAP Season 83 (host school: De La Salle University) would’ve tipped off — not canceled — on a new broadcast partner, TV5 / One Sports. During the week leading to the season, Cignal subscriptions go higher.

Late September

  • The Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC), despite the panic due to affiliation of publicists with the fallen giant, announced the nominees for the 34th Star Awards for Television. Most of the nominees are from GMA. The winners were to be awarded in New Frontier Theater in Araneta City with a delayed telecast a week later on PTV.
  • DJ Chacha and Ted Failon joins Radyo 5 one week earlier than in real life.


Early October

Miss World Philippines would be airing on PTV, instead of long-time partner GMA, to avoid beauty pageant monopolization.

Late October

  • On the awards night of PMPC Star Awards, GMA would’ve won the Best TV Station after seven years. The streak would go on until at least 2022.
  • The new NBA season tipped off on One Sports (two months earlier than today).


Sunday, November 1

REAL NEWS: Super Typhoon Rolly battered Bicolandia.

GMA News TV would’ve responded away — instead of airing non-news programs that became a source of ridicule in real time — and converted into a 24-hour news channel.


Thanks to the windfall, GMA’s net profit for the first nine months of 2020 would be about 85% higher than the same period last year — 6 percentage points more than in the real world.

Late November

Like in real life, Miss Earth 2020 was aired for the first time on TV5. Like in Miss World, Carousel Productions, the organizer behind the pageant, didn’t want GMA to go into portfolio overload.


  • Miss Universe 2020 was aired exclusively live on GMA Network after ABS-CBN fell. Our contingent, Rabiya Mateo of Iloilo City, finished in the Top 20.
  • GMA covered a Christmas special — the only network to have an all-star holiday special since TV5 was just restarting.
  • AGB-Nielsen released the result of the nationwide TV ratings, Voltes V: Legacy would’ve been the No. 1 in the weekday primetime program.

What’s the Difference than In Real Life?

Without the pandemic, GMA would’ve gotten a bigger rate of growth in revenue for the first nine months than in real life. Regional news services would’ve been established ahead of time before the storm. The main channel’s entertainment programs would’ve gone ahead of time but their shows go and prouder than we harnessed right now. Network fanatics take revenge with more awards but others would still get angrier.

The revival of local entertainment on TV5 in three phases would’ve started one to two weeks ahead.

Even with Martin Andanar’s promise, PTV would’ve started ahead but no viewer would care (other than the pro-admin fanatics) and dare to watch them, save the Lotto draw and PTV Sports.

Even if the displaced technical and creative employees would invite the offer, IBC 13 would still be an unwatchable channel because of pay issues and financial stature. (Company culture matters!)

NET 25’s new programs might not have been on the air today or they would go earlier. The segments of their noontime show, Happy Time, would be really different.

Had not for the pandemic that rechanneled their funds for response, community broadcasters would’ve emerge further. More entities would register and file their franchises to Congress before getting the revoked frequencies.

What would be your TV timeline if the COVID-19 never happened?

Timow’s Turf wishes every reader a contemplative Christmas.

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The Innovation of Teleradyo to Various Stations

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IT WAS April 2007.

DZMM 630 made an innovative power move that would change the Philippine mass media forever. The radio station doesn’t just provide the sounds we accustomed but also the sights within their radio booth with boxes of salient information like exchange rates and temperatures in key cities all over the country.

That was the birth of DZMM TeleRadyo.

Initially, it was for cable for the first eight years but when their TV Plus was released for the commercial market in 2015, this became one of the initial digital subchannels offered that would last for the next five years until last May 5. Three days later, it came back by dropping the call sign and reassigning to another digital channel frequency until another cease-and-desist order was issued on June 30, putting this venture exclusively online and back to cable.

Because of the premeditative rejection by Congress 10 days later, fate has finally sealed for some radio personalities that we tuned to. They have been gradually bowed out as they moved to other stations; others were forced to go on to early retirement.

Even though TeleRadyo is fully online, for them, it is not enough for two reasons:

  1. They are still accustomed to the traditional listening base on car radios installed in the dashboards of private and permissible public utility vehicles as the reception of telco towers may not be consistent when they move, and
  2. Loyal listener-viewers who are using a smartphone to watch their programs would have to live with the struggles of multitasking with one gadget, especially when it comes to chatting or videoconferencing.

Who else is lighting their flame?

With the radio of origin met its fate, the following competing news radio stations have adopted their full format:

  • DZRH 666 kHz: The oldest running radio station in the country (where Anthony Taberna and Gerry Baja are now) began its TV venture six months after DZMM as “TV Natin.” They did not adapt to the Teleradyo format until another year. As DZRH News Television since 2013, they can be seen on digital TV in the three Visayas markets and cable and satellite nationwide.
  • DZRJ 810 kHz: Ramon Jacinto’s Radyo Bandido was the most recent station to adopt the format through RJdigiTV’s Radyo Bandido TV. They were launched on October 15, 2019, and can be seen on any digibox and SkyCable.
  • DZIQ 990 kHz: Originally as an online station on May 10, 2010 (a presidential election day) but decided to shift to the AM frequency four months later. They adopt the Teleradyo format and began its broadcast on May 9, 2016 (another presidential election day), which can be seen on one of BEAM TV’s digital subchannels. (NOTE: Funny thing is the franchise of the owner of the said radio frequency, Trans-Radio Broadcasting Corporation, has lapsed as of this writing. If we are on a level-playing field in applying the law, their operation should have been terminated.)
  • DWFM (Radyo5 92.3 News FM): On November 8, 2010, 92.3 MHz (under the ownership of Nation Broadcasting Corporation) became a news/talk radio station under the operation of TV5. A bit more three months later, Aksyon TV was launched to simulcast most of their radio programs as the first news channel on free TV — one week ahead of GMA News TV’s prepared launch. Their mostly Teleradyo format essentially lasted until 2013 when it was diluted to accommodate more sportscasting rights until 2019. Since then, the Teleradyo of Reliance is carried on to One PH where it is accessible through Cignal and any digibox.

Notice why I didn’t include DZBB 594 kHz in the bullet list. Even though the Teleradyo format is copied, it is part of the program block Dobol B sa News TV that is covered from sunrise to sunset every day, arising from the current global health crisis, on GMA News TV. Once the pandemic is mitigated, the programming of GMA News TV might go back to the pre-COVID state.

There are other TeleRadyo formats out there but they are exclusively on social media, which we don’t want to mention further.

Even though the original network behind Teleradyo format has changed the schedule and personalities came and went, former rivals left it kindled to continue serving the purpose of getting the needed, urgent information not just on our ears but on our eyes.

For sure, it is easy to replicate their format and modify to suit their needs but it would be hard to emulate to reach the well-respected quality.

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