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Kapamilya Channel: Mother Ignacia’s Interim Replacement


OH, YOU SNEAK. The Kapamilya Channel will launch this Saturday (June 13) where the terrestrial broadcast of the main channel, ABS-CBN, left off before broadcast stoppage upon receiving the cease-and-desist order by the National Telecommunications Commission after their legislative franchise expired on May 5, 2020

FIVE WEEKS has passed since Channel 2 went off the air.

The Congress — who was primarily responsible for the fate of the network’s franchise renewal — has just adjourned and they won’t reconvene for their second regular session until late July.

Kapamilya fans and independent-thinking ordinary people knew the obvious politicking maneuvers. While many pointed out, making connections, to the sitting administration: few of the supporters are becoming repentant over the choices they made, a part of them pointed out in the end that there is a lack of safeguards that open up loopholes of abuse in the current form of our government.

While others moved on and embraced its fate — even though not final and executory — that commenced the Philippine media’s “new normal,” many still yearn for their return — even if it’s a near-resemblance.

Well, wait no more.

Beginning this Saturday (June 13), most of the programs that were loved and left off during the free-to-air era will be covered on to the Kapamilya Channel on cable.

 

High in Demand, Many in Disadvantage

This cunning and a very legal announcement will be set on most cable companies as part of their minimum basic package. They will be available on Sky Cable, Cablelink, GSat and other cable companies who are members of the Philippine Cable Television Association, Inc. (PCTA) nearest you.

This will not be available for the cable companies affiliated with Federation of International Cable TV and Telecommunications Association of the Philippines (FICTAP), where they objected to the franchise renewal of Mother Ignacia, and whose interview on GMA’s 24 Oras on the night of their major competitor’s cessation ended up with damaging reception (not just from the fans of ABS or GMA who sympathizes with the rival but also technical professionals, primarily the electronics communications engineers).

This news signaled a high demand — never mind if they will shell out hundreds of pesos monthly as they would say, “but it’s worth it” — but it would lead to 9 million TV Plus users to deprive access of their beloved programs. Also, some Cignal users, whose provider is neither affiliated by PCTA nor FICTAP, that are solid Kapamilya fans or a fan of any ABS-CBN show before the pandemic-cum-cease and desist order.

 

The KC Lineup: What’s Left Off, Axed and Something New?

The most essentials that will be provided on the Kapamilya Channel is the news, particularly Umagang Kay Ganda. The weekday morning talk show that follows, Magandang Buhay, will resume where it left off.

Entertainment essentials like It’s Showtime, ASAP and The Voice Teens 2 will continue where it left off. The mainland Chinese remake of Meteor Garden, which reran on the week of the FTA stoppage, will recommence. Weekly anthology program, MMK, remains on the “best of” mode.

While FPJ’s Ang Probinsanyo and A Soldier’s Heart in then-Primetime Bida will continue where it left off, Make It With You (starring Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil) didn’t make it because most salient scenes had to be taped outside of the country (they were set in Croatia).

Meanwhile, two new programs will be aired in this interim cable channel: Iba Yan! (a talk show by Angel Locsin) and Paano Kita Mapapasalamatan (presented by Judy Ann Santos). The World of a Married Couple and Familiar Wife will be the first two Koreanovelas to air on this makeshift channel (with the former being originally slated on Dos).

Selected programs in KC are available on simulcast on TVPlus.

Since it will be on cable, they can run 24/7 with movies from Movie Central to fill up the early hours of the morning.

 

Afterthoughts

Had not the executives take advantage of a technical loophole, it would not cushion the sharp fall of revenue lost from the free-to-air broadcast cessation.

While this endeavor serves a temporary measure, it could become a permanent institution if the free-to-air channel won’t be back by August 1 (where part of their 11,000-strong workforce will be given the pink slips after the benefits are dried up as announced by their boss, Carlo L. Katigbak). From that date, this could be converted into a more high-brow channel akin to South Korea’s JTBC (the successor of Tongyang Broadcasting Company, whose free-to-air operations ceased in 1980 under the regime of President Chun Doo-hwan but could no longer return to its pre-shutdown state).

With regards to sportscasting that was aired on S+A, it is already carried over to LIGA.

For the loyal fans, they just hope the government won’t notice this before they will receive an ultimatum to shut down operations once and for all similar to Venezuela with RCTV after their free-to-air transmission ended in 2007 and the broadcasts of any kind three years later.


Consequences are bound to the choices you make. You can have your choice, but you cannot choose your consequence.

Ravi Zacharias (1946-2020)


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LEAP DAY SPECIAL: Why Is It So Hard to Align The TV Programs?


[AUTHOR’S NOTE: The first Leap Day of this blog’s existence was in 2016. Unfortunately, it fell on a presidential election year; hence, we went on The Filipino Decides mode. Hence, this second Leap Day of existence will be our first Leap Day special. The requested topic barely contribute anything.]

Feb 29

EVERY FOUR YEARS, February will contain 29 days instead of the usual 28. Well, not all years divisible by four are leap years; any year that is divisible by 100 are not leap years (e.g. 1900 and 2100) except if it is divisible by 400 (e.g. 2000).

While it may not be a big deal for others — except those who celebrate their actual, rare birthday today — the objective of having the conditional rules of a leap year is to align within the Earth’s seasons for thousands of years.

Speaking of the astronomical complexity for the sake of alignment, I have thought about why I publish this on a rare day.

No offense to the readers who are diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) but I kept asking: why is it so hard to align things in a certain period? Is it just because I am pedantic towards perfectionist or rather, stringently structural when it comes to scheduling things?

The answer is: maybe…

 

TV Needs Alignment

In the present reality of television programming, I found out some individual cases in different parts that would need an alignment. If I were in the shoes of the programming department or a showrunner, I would not just craft the program or its lineup within the 24-hour period but further on a 7-day, a 4-week or even a 12-month period.

Will the following be rectified and doable? But let’s delve in…

 

Case #1. Regional Newscasts

Remember the 5 o’clock problem in the blog From the Tube in 2016?

At that particular time of the day from Mondays to Fridays, regional newscasts will take place in their respective regional channels of the South Triangle Duopoly. It would miss the Koreanovela that is airing in the Metro (which can catch up on the following weekday morning except for the last episode) on one and the first part of Wowowin (which it won’t recover) on the other.

There is neither a Metro Manila editions of TV Patrol nor 24 Oras to separate from their main national newscast to end the annoyance of probinsyanos — especially when it comes to crime reports happening there. It would be costly to get separate newscasts but worthwhile in terms of consistency but alas, neither news departments will ever take that initiative.

 

Case #2. PBA

The previous (44th) season of the Philippine Basketball Association lasted a bit more than a year after facing the following disruptions: Gilas Pilipinas’ qualification and the fumbled campaign in the FIBA World Cup in China, the Southeast Asian Games and the unavailability of the main venues during the holidays.

Tomorrow (March 1) would have been the start of the new (45th) season but with the lingering scare of COVID-19, it will be postponed to next week (March 8).

One thing is for sure, it is definitely too late to change the three-conference format. Had it done to speed up the season will destroy 5’s plan of restoring entertainment programs on primetime or it would start at 9:00 p.m. on weekdays (8:00 p.m. on weekends).

 

Case #3. Tawag ng Tanghalan

The current iteration of the classic singing competition becomes a segment in It’s Showtime since 2016. While some don’t watch them due to the banters and antics that Vice Ganda did to the contestants, what fascinates on that segment is how its year is divided: per quarter.

Since a year is roughly 52 weeks, it can be cut into 13 weeks long.

End of story, right?

Well, not quite; in our practical broadcast calendar, we have to deduct Holy Week and the last week of the year (for the recap of the passing year) to get 50 available weeks.

Since 50 is not divisible by four, the remainder or fraction has to be disregarded; therefore, we should have 12 possible weeks (72 days) of the competition proper per quarter. It would be better if we would deduct one more week to get 11 (66 days) in order to catch some break for the judges.

The procedures of the quarterly championship will be up to the segment producers but then, the “inevitable” — as the solid network haters wish to happen — comes in a month or so.

 

Afterthought

After presenting three cases and the possible solutions, I think we have to be honest: none of them would even work or implement because the networks’ programming department is invoking the “flexibility” card.

But to be honest, are we just too flexible even though the external, cyclic environments — the climate and the calendar — are nearly defined?

 


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If There Is No More ABS-CBN Again (Part 2): How Will Their Competitors Respond?


[WARNING: This post contains insights that are whimsical; if you have different points, feel free to comment your differences. Read at your own risk.]

 

ABS-CBN Soundstage

One of the concerns if ABS-CBN stops broadcasting is how to maintain their Horizon soundstage in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. Will they open up for their competitors to rake in potentially lost revenue?

 

IN THE FIRST PART, we determined the background behind their hatred against Mother Ignacia and the sacrifices and the ethical questioning behind their programming operations that lead to their success for the past 10 years.

The hanging question remains unsolved: What if the keyboard and mobile chauvinists have it their way?

The short answer: FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano would finally end at last after four years. No more It’s Showtime and no more GGV and that means, no more lollygagging from Vice Ganda.

But the long answer is somewhat complicated.

Despite the rise of video-on-demand platforms, traditional TV remains the most dominant medium for information and entertainment. In other words, the loyal Kapamilyas and even avid viewers of their selected programs will have to enter cold turkey instantly.

Without a mode of exposure, artists (especially, the fresh ones) will lose an opportunity to build their careers in their resume; as a result, there will be an oversupply.

Hundreds of exclusive artists will all be, in theory, freelancers but some personalities have backup agencies. For example, Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda and Sarah Geronimo are all VIVA talents and with that, VIVA’s boss Vic del Rosario has the right to ink a deal with any remaining network and they would still get TV exposure. Those talents who don’t have a backup agency would be out of luck unless they planned ahead to take up entrepreneurial ventures like KathNiel with their barbershop business.

Thousands of employees from news and sports departments could get reassigned or get the pink slips. Newscasts, including regional ones, would undergo as exclusively digital akin to Rappler.

Current multi-year contracts with this network when it comes to sports (e.g. MPBL, NCAA and UAAP) and entertainment (e.g. Miss Universe and PMPC Star Awards) will really need to find a new home.

Sure, there is iWant to carry over the remaining episodes and some of their finished programs are ready for syndication to their soon-to-be-former rivals.

The over-all analog switch-off might be delayed and the Full HD progress would be stalled. The network have done both feats very seriously and had they continue to operate, they will be the frontrunner in testing 4K UHD.

In terms of the TVPlus’ functionality, their encryption should come to an end and the apparatus would be treated as a regular DTV converter box or it would longer be useful.

It’s not just the TV frequencies that would be gone, so too would be their radio stations under their ownership like — in the case of Metro Manila — MOR 101.9 and DZMM 630. (No more DJ Chacha for advice and no more Dos por Dos for engaging commentaries for motorists in the afternoon rush hour.)

Other non-broadcast ventures like Star Cinema, Star Music and ABS-CBN Publishing will continue to operate. Their promotion would need communication of consent with other rival TV networks.

Their facilities outside Mother Ignacia like the new Soundstage in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan could be opened up to their competitors for rentals or for lease in order to make up the lost revenue.

Competitors’ Response

With Mother Ignacia suddenly disappeared, Kantar’s and Nielsen’s database for measuring TV ratings would change drastically and so are its entertainment reports in both broadsheets and tabloids.

Losing ABS-CBN for good (or for at least two years) can make a significant difference in the Philippine TV landscape.

Before their very eyes, what will happen to the rest of the competitors? Will they replicate the silver linings or successes in certain aspects that Mother Ignacia currently enjoys?

In a short answer, three rival entities (with four VHF channels) will have an individual, significant response; CNN Philippines is out of the picture and sectarian UHF networks are barely affected.

GMA

For the simpletons, the possibly-former rival will be the undisputed winner in the new TV ratings game as it would hold the virtual monopoly on general entertainment.

Financial-wise, this media company generated 15.236 billion pesos in revenue in 2018 (which is 38% of ABS’) with the asset composition being 62% equity compared to 42% equity from Mother Ignacia. Net income was 15.1% of revenue compared to ABS’ 4.7%.

When it comes to broadcasting divisions, GMA has almost everything that ABS-CBN has except for a full-time sports department.

As this year celebrates its  70th corporate anniversary, a grand homecoming would happen. Will GMA repatriate Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez and Ryza Cenon? Assuming they have returned, will the entertainment department give the displaced talents more exposure and better roles on their upcoming projects?

In the past decade, Timog Avenue’s reality competition shows tend to be “original.” Without ABS-CBN, their mindset should be changed gradually but let’s not be surprised if they are contented with status quo.

In terms of technical aspects, GMA has a varying, inconsistent application in Full HD. While their selected shows on mobile and online are in high definition and on 16:9, TV remains at 4:3. (To borrow Nadine Lustre, ano na, 2020 na!)

 

The 5 Network

In the eyes of its apologists, the Network from Reliance is perceived as a safe harbor for the displaced artists just because it’s on the nearest neighboring frequency (if you skipped PTV). This would help Jane Basas’ intention of reinstating entertainment programs. The only threat to this opportunity is the ire for insistent, immature anime fans and loyal sports aficionados in social media.

For the time being, TV5 will be No. 2 when Deuce is suddenly gone since entertainment programs have to be pitched first before getting the green light.

A network fan pitched a comprehensive overhaul of Big Brother if the current right’s holder is gone. To be honest, that program franchise is nearly at the declining trend (although we can still continue) but his favorite show, The Amazing Race, is already at that stage. Maybe it’s time to get a new, rising franchise competition show like Lego Masters or to live on the legacy, The Masked Singer.

As of this publication date, the best of Face to Face is airing in the afternoon after Aksyon sa Tanghali. Without Dos, Tiyang Amy Perez can resume her stint and it should be aired on their last timeslot in the late morning so as not to offend the current iconic personality of the network, Raffy Tulfo.

While ABS-CBN currently enjoys the two aforementioned technical advancements, 5 has yet to undertake them very seriously (In addition, their channels are not scanned consistently or at all in DTV set-top boxes — not even on TVPlus).

 

Government-Owned Media Networks

In aggregate, PTV and IBC generate a bit more than 250 million pesos in 2018. Comparing that to ABS, they need to exert 160 times more effort to earn the level of revenue. When it comes to net income, it’s in the negative (without PCOO subsidy).

While PTV can open up commercial advertisements in the amended charter, they haven’t been that successful to keep up. Why? Public’s reputation, internal network culture, and restrictive mindset. Let’s face it, both GOCCs are not successful cash cows; they are not like PCSO or PAGCOR.

We published a proposed license fee mechanism back in 2017 to generate stable levels of revenue since home shopping, long-time infomercials, long-time blocktimers and part of Lotto games are too varying and not enough to recoup the deepest costs but we admit that it wasn’t a popular measure.

An avid viewer of this network wants to put displaced talents who happened to be a VIVA talent into the network just like in the 1990s. But with this jammed default mindset, it’s asinine, impossible, since Vasra always prioritizes the old man in Malacanang.

Special Case for IBC

Under the governance of the Kabayan’s (Noli de Castro) daughter (Kat) last year, she inherited Old Balara’s financial position under the capital deficiency territory — which means that the measured liabilities are more than its measured assets. (This is much worse than the total assets of which the majority of it is in debt that ABS currently stands.)

Throughout the period, they started to improve its programming (thanks to SMAC Television Production) but the financial performance is yet to be seen.

Last year, two Star Magic talents starred on that channel: Ritz Azul acted in the teleserye Bukas May Kahapon and Heaven Peralejo (the niece of Rica) became the co-host performer of weekend variety show SMAC Pinoy Ito. This year, Awra Briguela (Makmak of FPJAP) will join in the Gen Z-casted noontime show, Yes Yes Yow.

When it comes to Old Balara’s technical aspects in digital television, they take their tests seriously than her sister network amidst a 480i (standard definition) resolution.

That being said, for the time being, Channel 13 cannot be replicated as the #1 network as it was claimed during the first shutdown half a century ago.

Radio

Without 101.9, the newest member, DJ Chico, could come back home to Energy FM 106.7. Their loss could also mark 105.9’s opportunity, which means, it’s going to be another rebrand and reformat.

Without DZMM, Radyo Patrol reporters will be scattered to other AM radio stations or create an independent media production.

Final Thoughts

Sure, there are moral lessons in this worst-case scenario of such intervention to glean on — there is a time to swallow on one’s pride and greed.

Shutting down the major media entity’s core business segment will never be enough for their satisfaction; it’s rather a beginning set by these vengeful keyboard nationalists of a bloody battle.

For the die-hard fanatics of this embattled network, their life is now facing danger.


The financial data that was used in the calculation were from their 2018 audited financial reports that are downloadable from their investor relations page (for ABS-CBN and GMA) and from the Commission on Audit website (for PTV and IBC). The 2019 figures are not yet available as they are currently under audit.


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If There Is No More ABS-CBN Again (Part 1): Faring Mother Ignacia’s Performance and Finding the Hatred


[WARNING: The author is not a hater of the media entity in hot water. With apologies to fanatics of this particular network but let’s face it, no media entity is perfect or sacred; every network has its flaws and successes. Please read at your own risk.]

IN the opening salvo almost two weeks ago, this year is the most crucial moment in the Philippine media industry; this is the year ABS-CBN is facing a make-or-break situation — the franchise renewal is at stake.

Six days from now, Congress will resume its plenary session and the bills regarding their franchise renewal are in the bind. Some solons like Laguna Representative Sol Aragones — who was a reporter of her previous employer — wanted to put this bill as urgent and priority before March 30 strikes.

For the past three years, President Rodrigo Duterte constantly objected for their renewal by playing different mind games. Recently, he wanted the network to be sold to his business friend Dennis Uy, the Villars or Manny V. Pangilinan — despite a mix of denials and interests — in order to dilute the Lopezes out of boardroom control anew. In a nutshell, as Ryan Ortega opined, these acts seem to generate “terrible optics.”

While media professionals and enthusiasts generally saw Mother Ignacia’s success in ratings and in business strategy, not everyone is pleased (and it’s not simply because they are hardcore loyalists from Kamuning).

What if the then-fringe, now-significant hardcore supporters of this administration got what they wished for — shutting ABS-CBN down for good or for at least, two years — despite little or no effect or even silence from both the telecommunications authority and their broadcasting associate for their non-renewal.

But before we answer that big question, we will delve into why that particular hate on the network grew and how did the network fare out for the past 10 years.

When did all the hate begin?

It all began after Cory Aquino’s funeral. MMK aired the two-part story of the couple on what would have been the former beloved President’s 77th birthday in January 2010.

Due to the airing, netizens criticized the airing as an indirect platform for their unico hijo, Noynoy Aquino to victory in the polls. At that time, certain personalities were active in the network during the period like Korina Sanchez (spouse of his running mate Mar Roxas) and obviously, her sister, Kris. However, not all personalities in the network endorsed him such as Willie Revillame and Dolphy who endorsed Manny Villar.

When Noynoy won the Presidency at the inaugural automated elections, Ricky Carandang and Manuel L. Quezon III from ANC became part of the Palace’s communications team. (The latter was responsible for making the Official Gazette in touch and informative with social media.) Thus, the weekly anthology series every Saturday became a tool to propel certain candidates into victory.

The year after (2011), a YouTube creator named PinoyMonkeyPride published a series of animated videos repeating buzzwords against the network as it was owned by “oligarchs” and their story “biased” in favor of the then sitting administration.  It may have paved the way for netizens’ inspiration to create their fan pages and blog sites to hate the then-President and its actions wholeheartedly. Their accusations, however, were a mix of truths and baseless claims; it did not pay much attention in the general social media news feed but it escalated as the next presidential election approaches.

During the last days of the election campaign in 2016, this particular network aired attack ads against two candidates in two separate positions. One of them was paid by then-Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (who ran for Vice President but eventually placed dead last) attacking then-Davao City mayor. The other ad is by then-Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares (who at that time ran for Senator for the first time) who attacked against then-Senator Bongbong Marcos (wherein the latter ran but almost won the vice presidency).

After the clear and vindicated victory, the new President persistently made sporadic accusations against the network — from taking unauthorized loans from the Development Bank of the Philippines, unpaid ads and unpaid taxes despite being not true in their annual reports. These soundbites have been relayed over the cyberspace, without fact-checking and hearing the other side, and simply accepted them as gospel truth.

ABS-CBN in the 2010s

Casting aside the political colors, the 2010s on ABS-CBN made significant differences in their programming operations.

Free TV

Through cunning exploitation of absolute advantage, this network broadcast their acquired international franchises of competition shows and freely create their deviations for teens and kids like The Voice and Your Face Sounds Familiar, just to name a few.

As reality competition shows became all the rage and expanded back-to-back on weekend primetime, it pushed game shows obsolete. Regardless of that trade-off, those shows have repetitively been hosted in circles by what the Turf called, the Trinity: Luis Manzano, Billy Crawford and/or Robi Domingo. Speaking of game shows, their selection of players shifted to exclusive, non-committed stars in order to avoid defection to another network. (which became the Turf‘s first breaking point) Nonetheless, both types of shows have injected some comic relief for ratings.

Vice Ganda became the face of the network in the past decade as we see him every day of the week —  at least, on It’s Showtime and on Gandang Gabi Vice (sometimes, he performs on ASAP). His incorrigible, panlalait style of comedy has influenced his co-equals with their fans continuing to tolerate him. In the late part of the decade, his jockeying antics on their live noontime show continued without a sense of time (which became another turning point).

Throughout the past 10 years, this network was responsible for boosting up the “love team manufacturing and enhancing” industry. From their conception at Pinoy Big Brother, they ventured out into drama and anthology and without a doubt, it was successful. It’s no wonder that the reboot of Wansapanataym lost its zeitgeist as a fantasy anthology with moral lessons like the first incarnation into a springboard of kalandian. (Thank goodness, they ended it last September.)

With unified MTRCB ratings fully implemented since 2011, their network’s teleseryes were mostly classified into the SPG territory. The starting times of teleseryes every weekday shifted to pre-noontime since 2012, beginning with Be Careful with My Heart.

In 2013, during their 60th anniversary, they forge a deal with CJ ENM to broadcast O Shopping as an overnight blocktimer. It almost fills up ABS-CBN’s round-the-clock schedule except on Tuesday.

In 2014, Studio 23 became ABS-CBN Sports + Action (later shortened as S+A). In the same year, late-night newscast Bandila reported a mysterious flesh-eating disease in Pangasinan, which turned out to be false.

In 2015, their encrypted set-top box, ABS-CBN TVplus was introduced in the market and were sold hot like hotcakes; as of this publication, it sold 8.9 million units and just last year, they launch their mobile version, TVPlus Go, for commuters. On that same year, Boy Abunda’s The Buzz pulled the plug — putting an end of an era for weekend afternoon showbiz scoops. Meanwhile, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano premiered and still is the successful teleserye in weekday primetime.

The following year (2016), another TV program genre was put into the dustbins of history as Luv U was the last teen-oriented program to broadcast. Children’s programming (including cartoons and anime) was downgraded into one meager slot on free TV every Sunday morning as the rest were migrated to Yey! (their exclusive digital sub-channel)

In 2019, after 14 years, kiddie-casted sketch comedy show Goin’ Bulilit pulled the plug.

Cable Operations

Because of the trend of cord-cutters — wherein cable subscription is dropped in favor of cheaper or reasonable pricing of the promised offerings on video-on-demand platforms — ABS-CBN discontinued these cable channels within the decade: ABS-CBN Regional Channel, Balls (replaced with Liga), CgeTV, Hero (became a Web portal), Lifestyle (became Metro Channel), Tag (in favor of Cine Mo! and Movie Central) and Velvet.

Radio Operations

In 2013, the network unified the FM branding as My Only Radio (M.O.R.).

Other Ventures

ABS-CBNmobile, their exclusive mobile service provider, did not last that long; the service ran from 2013 to 2018.


 

If we were to step into their shoes, what will happen if ABS-CBN’s core broadcasting operations suddenly gone? Will their competitors replicate the success of all or certain aspects of Mother Ignacia? That will be discussed further in Part 2.

Six Years On: Timow’s Turf Anniversary Retrospects and Plans


Turf 6 years

SIX YEARS ago yesterday, I created this WordPress blog as a response and support blog to From the Tube.

As time marches on, the Turf distances itself to be more independent and distinctive and tends to go beyond the tube.

So, how did I fare so far in 2019?

One Hit, Many Misses

The sole hit is that we expect to reach 48 posts this year. As of this publication, this is considered the 49th.

While this is a good achievement, there are more misses.

I’ve been overestimated with the expected number of the official Facebook Page likes. I expected to reach about 470 by the end of the year but right now, it’s 286 likes. Likewise for the WordPress metrics (views, visitors, likes and comments), they are much lower than I estimated.

I attributed that to the committed projects. One is ongoing (Swiping through the 2010s) and one is a series of political posts.

Now, I have learned a hard way — a sigmoidal way — where there is always a limit.

Regrets

Because of the ongoing projects this year, I missed certain topics that I believe I do like:

  • During the first five months (during The Filipino Decides), I could’ve made a post about establishing our own C-SPAN, as this U.S. cable channel turned 40 last March.
  • I could have helped PJ Baloloy on two radio-related articles. Firstly, with regards to music selections on MBC’s radio stations but I did post a call-out on irregular maintenance of music charts. Secondly, regarding Wish 107.5 on their 5th anniversary, I should have appended about the potential revenues generated from watching their videos on their official YouTube channel via Socialblade.
  • Last July, I could’ve written about noontime show culture — in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Eat Bulaga and the 10th anniversary of It’s Showtime — and why it won’t come away or won’t be challenged. Yet, I already made an indirect catching up: a warning over a new competitor on a resurgent, second government-owned channel (so far, they haven’t broadcast their pilot episode).
  • On other topics in the database, JC Domondon’s recycled annual proposal “SONA and the Red Carpet” would be an interesting topic to write on. Unfortunately, this was overturned by Miggy Tapuyao’s heated priority request about alternative ways if ABS-CBN’s franchise is not renewed.

The topic proposal mechanism in place has affected two loyal users. I have to admit that their proposals were good but they have been overturned with popular and urgent ones.

No Regrets (Sorry Not Sorry)

Although I had lower hits, I did not regret posting from January to May over the election series over the implications of different sectors under the federalized Philippines, which people couldn’t understand the implied consequences, at least in my point of view, since most were fed up with exaggerated promises from individual candidates.

During that time, I declined some political topics; one of them being about local politics of his hometown supporting the President. (To cut the long story short: This is not an isolated case.)

Another thing that I did not regret not writing about is the proposed Grand Star Night by Lorenzo Kiel M. Cerin (LoKi Serene). His goal was to join the exclusive stars from ABS-CBN and GMA. Even though renamed to “Fusion 2020,” they were rejected both ways; indeed, it was asinine to materialize due to the permanency of duopoly tribalism or in DryedMangoez’s terms, “network war culture.”

Looking Onward

With the lamentations and reliefs have been exposed, let us unravel the plans for the head of the new decade:

The Calendar of Posts

We are always up on January 2 for an opening insight and on December 29 for the recap. For the past three consecutive years, October 23 has become a tradition of publishing a blog post related to television in the Philippines. I guess we should add that permanent fixture from now on.

Since this coming year is a leap year, we will include February 29 is also an open, fixed post. (I missed back in 2016 due to the election cycle.)

As usual, the Holy Week and Christmas posts will retain, as also with the midyear report.

Do remember: Our off days are Mondays and national holidays.

Blog Post Reduction

While putting new pinned dates in the permanent blogging calendar, I regret to inform that there will be a drastic reduction of blog posts. At least 37 posts will be published this coming year with at least seven slots for your fixed requests. Of course, there would be more in case of emergency and a sense of urgency, in addition to traditional posts.

Where would the energies be concentrated? To other creative energies like writing a novel and sporadic, non-fiction writing on Medium.

Modification to Voting Mechanism

The first fixed request slot for 2020 will be on January 14 and proposals can come in this Tuesday (December 17). Still, the first three valid proposals will be served.

There is a new option aside from “Anything than Proposed,” it’s called “Reset Proposals.” This means that the proposal slate starts over again for new proposals.

The first to reach a certain number of votes (including the new option) will be acted upon.

Speaking of creative energies:

Non-Metro Manila Flag Redesigns Vol. 2

With regards to the next set of non-Metro Manila city flag redesigns, it will be up by January after the Swiping through the 2010s wraps up. Eleven (11) more cities are ready for description and will begin the presentation process; it is not going be easy to create the concepts because it needs research about their historical and economic backgrounds.

Guiding Principles

Before I wrap up this special post, I was inspired by the guidelines of former PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer a bit more than ten years ago.

With that in mind, I decided to forge my own (it’s a bit short yet substantial):

  • Write and present something interesting and challenging, whether in the mainstream or under the radar.
  • Listen, analyze and understand confirmed and potential viewpoints to the topic I would want to cover.
  • Admit any shortcomings and allow constructive criticism but defend the rationale — or at least, the iota — behind it.
  • Lastly, I am not into teleseryes. (Consider this as a restriction to article requests.)

For those who have been with us for six years now, thank you so much for your unwavering support.


Enjoy your holidays!


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The Filipino Decides 2019: The Review of the Campaign and the E-Day Insights


THE SEASON of campaigning — political ads on media and mudslinging in their respective miting de avance — is now behind us. The past three months of such a period and other events within it has intensified further to convince the already divided electorate.

Tomorrow, 61.8 million registered voters will troop to their voting precincts to poll on the judgment of President Rodrigo Duterte’s first half of his entrusted mandate. They are allowed to cast their ballot from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. — an hour more than in 2016.

However, this midterm election could mark a successful “endgame” or the very last if the final, agreeable form of the federal constitution will be passed and will be ratified by a plebiscite.

The Picture on the Broadcasters

For the rest of the world, election day is rather an ordinary day during daytime but as the polls are about to close, it’s a big deal of their broadcasters filled not just analysis but some gimmicks and their unique traditions as counting begins.

Only in the Philippines is when the election coverage in television usually goes on from sign-on on polling day until about midday of the following day without signing off. In radio, the coverage has just begun.

Despite no ban – save boxing, cockfighting and horse races — other sporting events are usually suspended since their eligible players are exercising such a right as citizens on their respective precincts for that particular day.

Unlike presidential election day three years ago, the midterm election day could the post-newscast primetime programming for general entertainment channels to continue like in 2013. Luckily, there are no premiering teleseryes this day but GMA’s Inagaw na Bituin will wrap on the said week.

For this year, due to aggressive competitive nature and the aforementioned voting start time, the start of the coverage will begin at 4:00 a.m. (one hour ahead than the last time), unless stated otherwise.

 

Commercial broadcasters

ABS-CBN: Halalan 2019

Just before the campaign period, the main channel aired two MMK life stories of two senatorial aspirants — indirectly (whose father is the subject) and directly. This criticized tactic is unsurprising since it was practiced back in 2010. However, they conducted the Harapan series for invited and eager senatorial aspirants (major and minor).

As the largest media conglomerate that spans over cable and radio, election day coverage will be not a problem with the most advanced technology:

  • The main channel will begin their coverage at 5 a.m. just as usual but come noon, they will continue to air It’s Showtime but resumes coverage afterward.
  • S+A will cover normally with the applicable NBA playoffs game and will become Channel 2’s pinch-hitter at noon.
  • For uncut and cerebral coverage, ANC is the key. For the TVPlus users, they have to resort with DZMM Teleradyo.

However, there will always be questionable credibility from persistent critics and haters.

Particularly on the defenders of the President, the winners of this Senatorial election wish for who block their franchise renewal, which is due next March.

In that case, this election coverage will raise a red flag as it could mark their last.

GMA: Eleksyon 2019

The “credible” and “the lesser evil” among the South Triangle Duopoly, this network had their own sole debate on the final Saturday before the campaign period (February 9) but aired a life story of an administration candidate in Magpakailanman just before that. On that day, the host did not narrate the said episode of the weekly anthology drama (as she led the panel) and in return, the character is not present in the debate.

In terms of the digital output, they tapped Internet star Dante Gulapa to disseminate the definitions and the decorum (i.e. dos and the don’ts).

Come Election Day, GMA’s coverage will proceed as usual with newer graphics but they won’t be aired in the Wowowin studio like the last time; they’ll be using Studio 5.

This is also a remarkable moment for GMA News TV as it will be their third and last under Channel 11 after their 14-year lease agreement with Zoe Broadcasting Network (8 years on current branding) before moving to UHF Channel 27.

Like ABS-CBN’s, they will continue what the sister channel will be the pinch hitter when Eat Bulaga airs. What will happen to Wowowin come tomorrow? Will they be not airing like three years ago? Let’s wait and see.

Nonetheless, they will not simulcast.

The 5 Network: Bilang Pilipino 2019

Media enthusiasts and inquisitors already knew that One News will mark its first election coverage this year, but when it comes to the flagship free-to-air channel, [TV] 5, they initially raised doubts if they will materialize and prosper due to their nature as a sports channel.

During the campaign period, the flagship channel initially showed Tol ‘Wag Troll rap battle every Sunday but suddenly replaced with Luchi Cruz-Valdes’ Aplikante during the weeknights.

Thankfully, News5 will have the multi-platform coverage that can analyze on the data; there is a Facebook live stream but when it comes to television, that will be under observation.

CNN Philippines: The Filipino Votes

If you want the straightest news but you don’t have cable, then CNN Philippines is the place to be.

This network initiated the series of the senatorial forum from December to March. Last April 27, they hosted the most-attentive Senatorial debate at the Quadricentennial Pavillion of the University of Santo Tomas (the same venue the sole Vice Presidential debate was held three years ago).

Overall, when it comes to the Election Day coverage, there will be the least of frills — graphically and in between persons — and more to the basic things: intellectuality and seriousness.

Government networks (Hatol ng Bayan 2019)

During the campaign period, PTV did not have their own special programming related to the election campaign (not even reviving the COMELEC Hour) but her sister network, IBC, did with O.O.T.D.: Opisyal of the Day.

Come D-Day, the auxiliary state-owned channel — under recent reformation under Ma’am Kat de Castro — cannot handle the broadcast all by themselves due to the obvious, haunted and inherited financial limitations. Thus, they have to rely on the simulcast of Channel 4 but there will be three 20-minute breaks for Lotto draws throughout the day (11:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and at 9:00 p.m.) since selling and drawing on a state-owned lottery is not explicitly illegal under related laws and supporting COMELEC resolutions.

In 2016, unlike commercial networks, they signed off as usual from their broadcast day. It is likely to happen this year.

Denomination-affiliated and regional networks

While mainstream national networks will indubitably reign supreme, denomination-affiliated national networks have their own multi-platform coverages during E-Day (except for INC TV). For one, Eagle Broadcasting Corporation (Net 25, DZEC, et al) will cover as Desisyon ng Bayan 2019.

Regional networks, like CLTV 36 (as Boto Mo, Kinabukasan Mo), will not just focus on the numbers crunched nationally but on their concerned regions.

One more (trivial) thing…

Under the Fair Elections Act, exit polls or projections are NOT ILLEGAL but are NOT COMMON.

If any firm has conducted this, they are not released on time as our clocks aren’t set to the proper standard time. Some areas might declare a “failure of election” that it may be too significant for 12th place finish.

While such a thing isn’t a big deal, the bigger deal is that you have the power tomorrow or you’ll regret that your choice will waste 3 or 6 years of your life that it would never come back… at all.


Vote as if it is your last.


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The Turf’s PHTV Insight for Holy Week 2019


[NOTE: This post will be updated as more developments come in until Saturday, April 13. Observers and recorders during this week are already designated and they already know what to do.]

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Christ in Gethsemane, Heinrich Hoffmann (1886)

DESPITE our committed projects this year, the Turf is finally here to herald the insights for this Holy Week.

This respite serves as an opportunity of rest, reunion and self-reflection during the scorching heat. On that period, it is an unsurprisingly annual opportunity for maintenance of rail transits in Metro Manila — one of them will suspend its operation due to the degraded condition.

This is also the time of the year when a media monitor criticizes their subdued programming (read: sleeping) while here and the other parts of the world are on fire when they need certain attention (whether it is about their leaders’ antics or threatening natural disasters).

Main Points

  • During the Triduum, free-to-air channels, particularly on the VHF, have subdued and special programming or they can sign off (CNN Philippines is on during cable but not on FTA). There are no newscasts but are supplied with longer news advisories.
  • Aside from subdued program schedules on free-to-air channels, advertising is also limited during the Triduum (expect, the ad nauseam repeat of Nissin, Executive Optical, etc.). In addition, no political ads are allowed to be aired on the first two days minimal but the networks would do it all three.
  • Sectarian-owned UHF networks don’t usually sign off (save UNTV for the first two days). In some of their active newscasts during the period, the term “Holy Week” is considered taboo to utter for certain denominations and is substituted with another.Year of the Youth.jpg
  • The year 2019 is designated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines as the “Year of the Youth,” as part of the Quincentennial in two years.
  • This might be ABS-CBN’s last, as their franchise will expire next March that coupled with President Rodrigo Duterte’s consistent tirades and pledge to object their renewal with varying (and mostly, absurd) justifications.

Chronological Order

Palm Sunday (April 14)

The rest of the networks will continue with their usual schedule while the NBA Playoffs begin, which is no big deal for current rights holders (S+A and BTV).

Fr Jerry Orbos

Fr. Jerry Orbos, who inspired the faithful with his Moments column every Sunday in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, is present every year during the Palm Sunday recollection on PTV.

The annual live family recollection from Meralco Theater in Pasig, organized and sponsored by the Mission Angels, will still broadcast on PTV 4. The main celebrant, Fr. Jerry Orbos will show up this year and we are certain that he will make an anecdote in light of his recent diagnosis of stage 2 lung cancer and the subsequent chemotherapy last November. (We hope to God to give him strength throughout his endeavor.)

The Weekdays (April 15-17)

Variety Show’s Response

Noontime entertainment shows would steer aside their primary purpose for a more serious (and sometimes, wholesome) Lenten drama.

For Eat Bulaga, the progenitor of this initiative since 1981, their annual presentations this year come with a twist; the posts in social media (from their page, the Dabarkads or their staff in TAPE) have hinted that their offerings are shot in Mountain Province, in General Santos City and in Japan.

For transparency purposes, the Dabarkads were drafted on which assigned day they will be stared.

Maureen Wroblewitz

Asia’s Next Top Model 5 winner, Maureen Wroblewitz, is admitted as a Dabarkad in Eat Bulaga last year. This means she will show her prowess in drama acting for this year’s Lenten special.

Tito Sotto is inclusive in the draft but he will not join due to his stint as Senate President.

Anjo Yllana, who is eligible for his third consecutive term as councilor for the 5th district in Quezon City, did not run this year — his brother, Polly, will. Thus, he will act on Holy Tuesday. Had he done so, his exposure during the campaign period could violate the Fair Elections Act.

For Maureen Wroblewitz, this is her debut — her first time — to shine in such drama acting. She will be with Anjo for “Biyaheng Broken Hearted.”

It’s Showtime will do likewise sans the transparency process. Their Tawag ng Tanghalan segment will be recorded; thus, they would end at their original (non-normalized) time of 3:30 p.m. On the other hand, Wowowin, their essentially one-upped rival, will obviously not partake.

Primetime

As always, newscasts on these days will cover the exodus from the Metro and the traffic situations in ports, expressways and thoroughfares of attractions.

At this moment, no teleseryes are premiering or wrapping up during this week. Pinoy Big Brother Otso is now under the first merged batch chapter but the question is: What will happen to them during the next three days when they are not on the air?

Paschal Triduum

Last year, Shalom’s Live 3-Day Retreat was supposed to air on IBC 13 but they decided to shift their broadcast to YouTube at lesser or no cost. Will they continue with their new platform this year or go on parallel with the old and ongoing rehabilitating network?

The services during the Triduum (i.e. The Mass with the Washing of the Feet, the Veneration of the Cross and the Easter Vigil) from SVD are broadcast on ABS-CBN.

Maundy Thursday (April 18)

Last year, TV5 reaired the previous day’s edition of SportsCenter Philippines but they did not cover anything throughout the holiday. It is more likely to follow this year.

Max Blanco and BF

Maxine Blanco, the 19-year-old UST student who succumbed to bone cancer, will be the subject of the interview by Fr. Orbos. The special will be aired this Maundy Thursday on ABS-CBN (before the Mass of the Lord’s Supper).

At 4:00 p.m., Fr. Orbos’ interview of Maxine Blanco, the struggled 19-year-old University of Santo Tomas student who succumbed to bone cancer last March 23, will be aired in the special “My Suffering is My Offering” on ABS-CBN.

By this evening, GMA would run with the best of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.

Good Friday (April 19)

TV5 (and its sister channel, 5Plus) is off throughout the day.

For the past few years, before the 7 Last Words, GMA airs the annual special of Power to Unite. Recently during the preceding quarter, the aforementioned religious program of Sis. Elvira Yap-Go is aired on IBC every weekday morning — which is deviation of what previous broadcasters, PTV and TV5 had practiced every week — as part of the revitalization under the auspices of the network president, Ms. Kat De Castro.

Would PTU continue their annual contractual obligation with GMA or be done at the same time with IBC?

At noon, the Seven Last Words will be discussed in detail for three hours. We should expect these discourse to emphasize or introduced by the youth (see the aforementioned main point).

On ABS, they will be delivered live at Christ the King Mission Seminary (exclusively under the Society of the Divine Word/Verbites) while GMA delivers it also live at Santo Domingo Church (exclusively under the Order of Preachers/Dominicans). IBC 13, which is solely taped and inclusive to any religious orders, already announced their 32nd annual iteration before Lent begins.

From midafternoon, the Jesuit Communication’s annual Holy Week tradition on ABS-CBN continues with “Sumasampalataya Ako,” presented by Cardinal Chito Tagle.

By near evening, CBN Asia presents, on their 25th anniversary, their Holy Week special: “Kublihan” on GMA.

Black Saturday (April 20)

As malls and some establishments opened on a regular schedule, religious programming in the morning and afternoon on that day are no longer present until the evening.

UNTV signs on again.

ABS-CBN’s NBA SabaDOS will not be aired this year; thus, this day will serve more of a movie house.

TV5 will resume to its original programming but there would be neither any games to exhibit nor SportsCenter Philippines.

By tonight, APT Entertainment will wrap up all the Lenten dramas for the year on GMA. This year’s drama is titled “The Journey,” starring Alden Richards and Max Collins.

While ABS wraps up the set of Triduum services, GMA’s last annual religious telecast is on the Way of the Cross from the Colosseum (spearheaded by Pope Francis) as IBC usually go overnight with El Shaddai’s Easter Vigil.

However, inside sources report this year that El Shaddai will deliver the healing message from Bro. Mike Velarde followed by the Liturgy itself.

That being said, ABS will not sign off throughout the early morning as they segue into O Shopping.

Easter Sunday (April 21)

Everything will be back to normal with some exceptions.

The Holy Week special from Bro. Bo Sanchez’s Kerygma TV that aired on ABS-CBN* will be re-aired on IBC.

At noon, ASAP and Sunday PinaSaya are usually pre-recorded since some mainstays are still on vacation. When they come back, the live performances resume next Sunday.

At 4:00 p.m., the Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican will be covered live on ANC, CNN Philippines and PTV. The Urbi et Orbi message and blessing immediately follows; CNN Philippines will continue to air this before delivering the first evening newscast since the Triduum. GMA will carry this as their last program for their broadcast day.

By this evening, IBC will usually wrap the broadcast day and this whole week with the inspiring sermons and hymns of joy and praise from the special edition of “Music and the Spoken Word.”

For ABS-CBN, it also marks the start of the new competition show — Idol Philippines — the third network to hold the Idol franchise and the second franchise to transcend three networks after Family Feud.


~ We hope that the observance of Holy Week will be in splendor and in serenity. ~


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#Zeitgeist2018: The Timow’s Turf Year-End Special (Part II)


ANOTHER EVENTFUL YEAR will be over. But before moving forward to 2019, we will look back on the events that shaped 2018 over the Philippine media.

This is the second of two-part series, containing 18 stories are arranged in no particular order. (See Part I here.)

For this year’s twist, the Turf appended the GIF reactions to each moment for the appropriate reaction for certain people or situation.


The Top (Random) Nine

#9. PH Cable Wave

The first half of 2018 triggered a big wave over the Philippine cable industry by either closure or rebranding of certain channels. Some reasons why that happened is due to redundancies, the rise of cord cutters, unsatisfied return of investments and changing preference.

Local channels

On January, ABS-CBN Regional Channel and TAG were pulled off but HERO, the sister anime channel, became the most notorious after 12 years. Never forget that they also launched LIGA on that month as a reincarnation of Balls. On April 2, Lifestyle became The Metro Channel.

Last May 28, Bloomberg Philippines — the sole specialty channel — became ONE News Channel after bearing three years of licensing rights.

Foreign channels

Another children’s entertainment channel, Toonami, folded its Southeast Asian iteration last March. By the end of this year, AMC and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be pulled out not just from SkyCable but to all cable operators nationwide.

In a nutshell, this is our GIF reaction:

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#8. Like gets Disliked

Last May, DWLA-FM 105.9 in Manila changed its brand and format without publicity both on air and on social media, save the observation in the PinoyExchange forum months before their imminent fate.

After four years, DCG’s Retro 105.9 became Like 105.9 after failing to settle its debts and issuance of pink slips. The format shifted from classic throwback hits to Adult Top 40.

Although the frequency owner (Bright Star Broadcasting Network) got their franchise renewed, instability and internal dissatisfaction remain the haunting issues.

Meanwhile, Brigada Mass Media Communication be like:

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#7. New (Encrypted) Competitor

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On June 5, 2nd Avenue parked for the very last time — marking another Solar Entertainment’s blow. The following day, RJTV 29 restored and shut down its analog transmitters, becoming the second channel to be fully digital after Light Network 33.

Nearly at the same time, Easy TV Super Digibox was publicly announced — even though it was launched on the market about two weeks ago. Similar to TVPlus, it is encrypted in favor of Solar Entertainment Channels with two UHF channels (22 and 30) containing 16 subchannels (including AniPlus and Basketball TV).

Now that TVPlus is extending the second channel until February, Tieng brothers were like (amidst the legal stadndoff on BTV):

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#6. Meme-ification of Police Reports

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Crime reports in Mega Manila that are projected in national newscasts is really annoying for viewers in the provinces.

But in the time of trust issues with the police and the government in general, netizens would really need to kill time. This year, it made a mark by lifting up from this specific genre for comedic purposes — specifically on the interview of the suspect.

Their phrases, like “advanced akong mag-isip” and “paano mo nasabi“, become part of the ordinary parlance, part of TV sketch comedies and witty opportunity for the marketing departments (Hint: Search MayWard McDo commercials on YouTube).

Some elders were shocked by this trend. For them, it is not right to poke fun at convicted criminals and not to emulate them on their wrongdoings…

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#5. It’s Showtime’s Domino Effect

Since February, the daily noontime show ended a bit longer than the scheduled 3:20 p.m. affecting other shows that follow, due to Vice Ganda’s long tsismis and antics on the live broadcast. Even if Vice is out, his colleagues has influence.

Throughout observation, this show ended as late as 4:00 p.m.

Despite the success in raking more advertising revenue and catching up for Metro Manila viewers, it affected other viewers who are not loyal to the noontime show — particularly on the surviving regional newscasts in the Regional Network Group and TV Patrol’s Noli de Castro. In addition, DZMM is affected since they have to simulcast TVP.

Because of the heated duopolistic competition, Wowowin responded to make it even.

What Vice Ganda has now is what Kris Aquino had in the earlier part of the decade — the influence which leads to the management to chill and leave him alone while sacrificing other stars. Unlike Kris, Vice Ganda is exposed every day.

In the eyes of the management, self-control means this:

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The positive karma is that neither himself nor his shows won any of this year’s PMPC Star Awards for Television.

Publicists’ psyche were like:

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#4. GMA’s Extraordinary Dramas

While ABS-CBN’s drama remains successful in ratings and in social media engagements (ehem, Halik) amidst a domino effect from It’s Showtime that tackled just earlier, there is not much distinction in terms of the teleseryes’ character development, premise and plot.

Sure, GMA has the same problems with Ika-5 Utos for being a “continuation” of the Ten Commandments series (aside from both directed by Laurice Gullien) and Victor Magtanggol for being unoriginal as Alyas Robin Hood  back in 2016.

However, there are two currently running dramas on Kamuning that shed some positive light amidst the cliches: Onanay is a drama regarding the struggle of a mother with dwarfism (played by Jo Berry) while My Special Tatay is, as said on the title, about a father who has a mild intellectual disability (played by Ken Chan).

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#3. PTV’s Muddled Year

For 2018, this government TV network was flagged with three events.

In April, the Commission on Audit flagged the station in their audit report over the P 60 million ad placement of the Department of Tourism (headed by then-Secretary Wanda Teo) to Bitag Media of her brother, Ben, without proper documentation. Because of the siblings, it eventually led to the Secretary’s voluntary dismissal and Ben’s program (Kilos Pronto) to be axed. Although Ben came back with the usual praising the administration and bickering against his enemies on the other program, the money has not returned yet (or possibly, they will not return at all).

In August to September, three Tagalog-dubbed programs from Mainland China — two dramas and one children’s series — were aired but critics served it as propaganda. In other words, they are projecting the President’s effective foreign policy, which was witnessed in last November’s visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

This month, instead of cash bonuses at their Christmas party, contractual employees and talents were given retrenchment letters — an irony to the administration’s initiative to end contractualization — with an employee vented out of her frustrations.

Overheard at PCOO on these issues:

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Don’t feel bad for them. The only positive thing that they have done this year was the Lotto Draw. On October 14, the Ultra Lotto jackpot reached the largest prize to date — almost P 1.2 billion — which won by two bettors.

 

#2. Mr. Imbestigador’s Health Watch

The pillar of GMA News and Radio division made a big announcement after a much prolonged absence this year.

He underwent medical leave for his kidney medication and heart bypass surgery.

During his absence (inclusive of allowance of his recovery), Atom Araullo became his pinch hitter on the weekday edition of 24 Oras before his return in October.

With this year of meme-ification, he will remembered for the slip of the tongue in his segment as the “Sumbungan ng Hotdog” (rather than Hotline).

Take it away, Guy Fieri:

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#1. Rappler’s Struggle

Since January 15, the online news site struggled to cover amidst the revocation of SEC registration to tax evasion charges as a result of publishing critical yet comprehensive articles of the present administration.

With that, their Palace correspondent (Pia Ranada) was barred from entering the Palace complex and further covering the President’s activities and press conferences.

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With the hashtags that support and defend the site since then after series of posting bail, its CEO, Maria Ressa, became one of TIME Persons of the Year as “guardians” in the “war on truth,” alongside assassinated Saudi Arabian columnist Jamal Khashoggi, two Reuters journalists from Myanmar for covering the Rohingya massacre and the staff of a Maryland newspaper got involved in the shooting.

The heads of the DDS fanatics and apologists were like:

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Special Mentions

  • GMA Online Exclusives
  • Reinvigoration of iWant
  • Return of Precious Hearts Romances on ABS-CBN
  • Studio 7
  • Government radio stations on Top 10 (FM1 87.5, FM2 104.3 and RP1 738)
  • Alleged palakasan and privacy violations by Manila Broadcasting Company on sacking DJ Aira and Kara
  • Billboard Philippines’ sudden demise
  • Wish 107.5 rolling a new mobile bus in America
  • Gino Quillamor’s departure from Monster RX 93.1
  • Gretchen Fullido’s harassment case
  • The decrease of ABS-CBN’s regional programming in for their centralized HD conversion and digital television testing.
  • The meme-ification of augmented reality in 24 Oras.
  • Self-acclaimed (Di umanong) paranormal expert Ed Caluag on KMJS Gabi ng Lagim
  • Net 25 achieving three new PMPC Star Awards (two for Children’s Show & Host and one for Musical Variety Show due to ASAP’s hall of fame status)

Postscript

After five years, 247 Facebook Page likes and 100,000 hits, it has been a long journey.

I would like to thank the following, specific people (stans) that made the Turf this 2018: Rexdel Yabut Mallari, Charles Miguel Tapuyao and of course, the most loyal of them all, Gian Paolo de la Cruz.

The 2018 blogging season is sealed; let’s call that a year.

From Timow’s Turf, we greet everyone with an exuberant…

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2018 Christmas Station IDs


[Request revived by Paul Justin Baloloy, originally proposed by Bryan Calvin]

Updated: December 6, 2018

IT’S EXACTLY four weeks before Christmas.

That means in PH media industry, it’s the showcase of the joyous, seasonal identification for the networks — both on television and on radio.

The main thing about it is that Christmas station identity keeps on changing every year with a very common, timeless message. Thus, they are non-recyclable.

 

Battle in South Triangle

Both ABS-CBN and GMA officially released their seasonal music video last November 18 on their respective afternoon variety shows instead of the following, usual Monday after their early evening newscasts (blame Vice Ganda’s blabber on It’s Showtime for that).

This is considered to be the latest in terms of the date of release and both respective titles are obviously based on their nicknames.

ABS-CBN: “Family Is Love”

 

Performers: All talents of ABS-CBN* (such as TNT Boys and recently with emphasis, Regine Velasquez), UST Singers, AFP Chorale, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Ramon Magsaysay High School Chorale – Manila, Koro Bangkal Magbikin

Durations (excluding the 20 second YouTube outro):

  • Lyric video (released the previous day) — 4 minutes 43 seconds (shorter by one and a half minutes than last year)
  • Music video — 13 minutes 6 seconds (longer by almost four minutes than last year)

Like the preceding years, it’s an emphasizing juxtapose of different life stories of the passing year — such as the brothers of soldiers who fought in Marawi in 2017, Asian Games skateboarding gold medalist Margielyn Didal and her family and a foreigner doctor — with repetitive, ear-worming chorus.

According to PEP.ph’s commentary, it highlighted a new definition for family: inclusivity.

GMA: Ipadama ang #PusoNgPasko

 

 

Performers: Established and surviving singing talents (e.g. Julie Anne San Jose, Alden Richards, Christian Bautista and Aicelle Santos) and The Clash competitors with its grand champion Golden Cañedo

Durations:

  • Lyric video (released two days after) — 4 minutes 22 seconds (longer by a minute)
  • Music video — 7 minutes 55 seconds (shorter by one and a half minutes)

The message, according to PEP.ph, captures the belief that Christmas is for sharing and giving.

Introduced by news pillar Jessica Soho, the music video circulates the acts of charity and humanitarianism. In the final shots of the video, Atty. Felipe Gozon and key officials and employees greeted zooming out the multi-colored GMA Network Center.

Other networks

The 5 Network did not emulate due to lack of entertainment talents. Coach Chot decided not to scout Gilas Pilipinas, PBA players and other sporting personalities, alongside the vestiges of the news department, to take part of the campaign.

This year, it is Tis the Season of Winning.

Government-owned PTV have theirs, as proven by PCOO Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan and the network’s personality Jules Guiang, albeit short for excusable reasons.

Like in ABS, they show the presence of the personalities but they don’t sing along and in GMA, they end up with their physical facilities — in this case, the transmitter.

The embattled, vegetative IBC 13 rendered their CSID simply on a 30-second animation.

Radio

While the major broadcasters that owned major television frequencies can adapt for their radio counterparts or add jingling bells to their own station ID, it’s rare for non-major players to create its music video.

One of them is Brigada News FM. The embedded video below was rendered and played for the 2016 holiday season as this year’s iteration is not officially posted.


*Not all talents, for one, Luis Manzano and his girlfriend Jessy Mendiola vacationed to Okinawa.


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Why is the World of Dance Philippines Not Airing Yet?


[NOTE: This is inspired, but not requested, by JC Domondon and dedicated to Sairen]

WHEN Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids Season 2 (where the TNT Boys unsurprisingly became the champions) on ABS-CBN was about to end, the trailer plugs of World of Dance Philippines were promoted to the small screens during the commercial breaks, making viewers look forward to their immediate replacement.

Instead of that, the currently-running replacement is an original concept, The Kids’ Choice, enjoying a 28+ rating (Kantar) as the top show of the weekend primetime slot.

The last-minute replacement (current) show’s overview was explained by Ralph of From The Tube:

What if the kids are the judges of a reality talent show?

In a role reversal of sorts, ABS-CBN will give its young child stars an opportunity to play the part of judges on ‘The Kids’ Choice’.

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Every week, the Just Kids League will discuss and evaluate the performance of four “Fambatos” or non-celebrity families brimming with talent. Being the youngest of the bunch, expect these kids to be more spontaneous with their comments.

Despite the receipts (for regular “non-millennial” term: proof) from social media, it seems the primary and agreeable reason is WODPH is not on the taste of the masses as they did not get over from YFSFK 2’s repercussions.

To those who were disappointed, scammed or pinaasa (given false hopes) who auditioned particularly for that show through Star Hunt, the Turf understands the deep sentiment over the network’s last-minute drop and we try to go deeper.


The Supposed Replacement Show in Concept

In their country of origin (the United States), the World of Dance — which just ended its second season on NBC is divided into four divisions, regardless of their dance styles: Junior (groups of 1-4, under 18), Upper (groups of 1-4, 18 and older), Junior Team (groups of 5+, under 18) and Upper Team (groups of 5+, 18 and older).

The elimination process of the competition proper has four sequential rounds: the Qualifiers (where contestants have to qualify with at least 80 points to survive), the Duels (where the contestants choose their opponent starting with the highest scorer from the qualifiers), the Cut (where mentors are assigned to each division to prepare the contestants for their performances; the top three scoring acts in each division move on to The Division Finals) and the Division Finals (where mentors still support the contestants from each division but the top scoring act in each division will become division champion and move on to The World Final)

The World Final is the grand finale where all four division champions battle it out for the grand prize of US$1,000,000 (~PHP 53.92 million).

The points system are judged by five (5) categories of equal weight — 20 points each for performance, technique, choreography, creativity and presentation — for a perfect score of 100.

Possible Application for PH’s Setting

Unlike Dance Kids, WoDPH’s qualifications are wider: participants must be at least 8 years old and are open to both amateurs and professionals.

The process would likely be the same.

Challenges and Threats

Going back to the main question, even though the show’s auditions have been recorded and edited in the post as the set is already up, the delay has been impliedly justified with other two following factors, aside from the taste we primarily said at the star. First is the hectic schedule of supposed judges and second is the presenter must be from the experienced Trinity — Luis Manzano, Billy Crawford or Robi Domingo. (The man in the middle hosted YFSFK2 and thus needs to rest. Luis still hosts I Can See Your Voice, which will tackle a bit later and Robi is currently hosting TKC)

A season of any weekend competition show over Mother Ignacia, regardless if franchised or original, lasts at least 2.5 months (about 11 weeks or 22 episodes).

That being said, after The Kids’ Choice, WODPH might have to wait until at least mid-November but then, even more, popular franchised competition shows on the network’s backlog might possibly overtake, especially the return of Little Big Shots 2, The Voice PH or Pilipinas Got Talent 7.

Another franchised competition show that is still running on Dos is I Can See Your Voice. ICSYV‘s gameplay and direction are different from the South Korean original; in our setting, instead of releasing as a digital single, the SEE-nger has a quick ticket to enter Tawag ng Tanghalan on It’s Showtime — yes, that staple segment that is walang-kamatayan (never dies) and enabler of the pushing other shows late.

The show now runs a bit more than a year but its first season is not yet finished but user Alpha on that FTT article warned that Pinoy Big Brother will be the projected replacement once it ends.

Contractual Implications, Solution & Reality Check

The contract between Nuyorican Productions (one of the production companies behind the U.S. version, owned by Jennifer Lopez) — or its exclusively local yet unnamed distributor — and ABS-CBN (owned and chaired by another-but-obviously-not-related-to-Jennifer, Mark Lopez) is ostensible but definitely not publicized.

Nonetheless, if the network still fails to materialize if they did not settle the requirements and conflicts within, Nuyorican could simply rescind the contract, due to the network’s internal constraint of programming and constant pandering to the demands of the masses.

Reigniting the Spirit of the Turf‘s Advocacy

The Turf already made the solution four years ago on the case of broadcast programming grid reform four years ago on fixing TV season, in addition, the gradual reduction of teleseryes’ frequency from five to one or two to accommodate other genres.

Overall, there is another strong benefit of defending in light of the matter: lessening the breach of contracts with outside producers and/or local distributors.

Reality: The Unavoidable Deadweight

It can be done but as always, reality check hampers our constructive criticisms to be pursued as the business model of Mother Ignacia remains smartly yet monstrously rich while caring less about the quality of programming and its discipline.

As Ralph said, the long delay “could cost” the supposed show’s rating. He could not wait for the network to arrive forever on WODPH or it could be GMA’s gain.

To be honest, Kamuning is not even keen on acquiring franchises and their stars are too hard to be scouted as mentor judges (well, there’s Mark Herras and if only they have learned very hard from The Clash.)

Not just on weekends but on weekdays too (Afterthought)

The case of delay by the network can also happen on teleseryes. Last year, The Promise of Forever, set mostly in the Czech Republic, was pre-produced after a year of filming. It was delayed due to their response to the appeals of Koreanovela fans over Love in the Moonlight which consequently costed the ratings due to demotion as part of the Kapamilya Gold (their afternoon block).

The equivalent will apply for The General’s Daughter, the prepared replacement of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, which will turn three (3) years old by next Friday (28th). Despite the hinted posts of artists involved via their respective Instagram accounts — especially Angel Locsin and Ryza Cenon (for the second acting stint but first full time after jumping the fence) — and significant and substantial saturation of viewers from watching him over this feat, Cardo Dalisay’s saga is far from over.


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