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For the 3rd time, PBA trounces the Olympics on TV5

The Tokyo 2020(+1) Olympics will be the bluest in history. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Games was postponed for a year and due to threats of mutating variants, no spectators — foreign or local — will be admitted to watch the action and to support their athletes. Some important traditions — from the opening, the competition proper and until the closing — are modified to prevent the spread of the virus.

NINETEEN (19) INDIVIDUALS — competing in 11 sports — form as one Team Philippines (PHI), as they aim for the first, elusive Olympic gold medal to cheer the country up in these gloomy times. 

The delayed Tokyo Olympics will finally open this Friday (July 23) amidst no spectators; albeit, preliminary competitions have started today for football and softball.

For TV5, this is the third time — fifth, if you include the Winter Games of Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang 2018 — they acquired the broadcast rights through Dentsu. However, this has been again obscured because the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has just tipped off its 46th season as they try to go back to normal as they can, despite the recent internal controversies and viewership dissatisfaction these past few days. 

Unlike the NBA, our most cherished domestic league seemed to disrespect or refuse to yield to the sacred period of this international multi-sporting event. (Recently, Team USA’s tune-up exhibition games have gone bonkers with some upset losses before the competition.)

According to our Monthly Media Survey conducted just last week, the respondents were nearly unanimous (88%) that the network prioritized PBA over this two-week-long international quadrennial (in simple terms: every four years) meet.

But they are not the only league that would crash them this year, it clashed with the inaugural professional season of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) where they are playing in Ilocos Norte. Effectively, this is a juggling act for the sports department in the Reliance/Novaliches.

Before the 16 days of action in the Land of the Rising Sun officially begins, let’s take a glimpse of the two previous Summer Games TV5 has recently handled.


Focus OTT-ward: Cignal Play

[Requested sporadically by Miggy Tapuyao]

AS I believe in the post one and a half weeks ago, digital terrestrial television (DTT) might become “obsolete” for some media enthusiasts if our national roll-out and switchover are completed by the end of — or realistically, beyond — 2023. In their eyes and minds, streaming — once, the future — is the now embracing as a staple home entertainment in their living quarters and the escape route for the impatient under the prolonged lockdown due to the pandemic.

For TV5, they already saw the potential back in 2019 — a year before COVID languished and the premeditated fall of the broadcast behemoth. Originally, Cignal Play was exclusive for Cignal and PLDT subscribers; today, it becomes an OTT service for everyone.

According to our Monthly Media Insight Survey (MMIS) conducted last April 19-25, Cignal Play is the third most preferred OTT/VOD streaming platform to tune or binge-watch in with 39% after Netflix (77%) and the Other One (54%).

What is Cignal Play? Is there a grace period for free access? What are their new original series in store?


The Turf’s Thoughts on PBA Season 46

EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY IN THE TRYING TIMES | During the resumption of PBA Season 45 in the Clark bubble last -ber months, fans come to see their favorite teams from their computer screens.

THIS WEEK — on Friday, more specifically — will mark the 46th anniversary of our Liga ng Bayan, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

The corresponding 46th season of this league will tip-off in 12 days (on April 18) as initially planned by the Board of Governors but that opening game could be delayed due to the COVID surge that forced NCR Plus still into Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ); therefore, we do know that it will not go into multiple seasoned venues in that geographic area (i.e. not in Araneta Coliseum, Cuneta Astrodome or even Ynares Center).

While the logistics of venues will be managed by the Board and they might go back again to Clark, others have concerns. What challenges and thoughts are we expecting for the nation’s professional league before it tips off?


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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Preparing MPBL in the New Arrangement

IT’S COMING BACK. Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League is resuming play today to determine the national champions but there are no TV broadcasts.

ON WEDNESDAY, Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) will resume where it left off; this time, they’ll play the remainder of the playoffs in the Subic bubble — the same location as the Philippine Super Liga where their season-opening Volleyball Challenge Cup spiked off. Unfortunately, this amateur league has no broadcaster to cover as the original home lost its license.

For those who are lying under the rock about what MPBL is and what is happening about it, jump for a little refresher.

Later, we will tackle how to solve a problem before their new season tips off in June and if they sealed a new home.


[The New PHTV Order] TV5’s Obstacles Need More Than Hail Mary Passes (or 3-Point Goals)

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is the first of the two-part series.]

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 first part, we will tackle the latter because they are very encouraging and understandable. (more…)

The Many Names of Channel 5, What Would Have Been Their New Name and What’s Next for Them?

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is originally requested by Miggy Tapuyao before the country went into the ongoing, persistent lockdown arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This post was initially scheduled for June 19, the 60th anniversary of Channel 5’s inaugural broadcast, but we decided to postpone it for the urgent event.]

TV5 Media Center

TV5 Media Center

IN SIX DAYS, one of the VHF channels is making a change after being postponed from April 13 launch due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — Channel 5 will have a new name… or is it?

It would have been called ONE TV come Monday (July 20) but its planned rebranding was reportedly averted due to possible impacts on the network’s brand recognition with the solid viewers and for the new fans.

The primary reason for the new name was to be consistent with ONE-branded channels that are exclusive on Cignal.

Before the Great Lockdown on March 8 — one week before community quarantine was declared — ONE Sports replaced 5Plus on free-to-air UHF channel 41. The aforementioned namesake cable channel appended the plus sign (+) after the Sports. Three months later, Cignal launches ONE Screen as a replacement for the recently closed FOX Filipino.

Back to Channel 5 and before we look onward, let’s pay tribute to their former names.

What to Call Them?

In ordinary parlance, we call the current mother channel in Reliance/Novaliches as TV5, even though that term remains valid for corporate and trade purposes. When it is promoted and advertised, the channel during their broadcasting operation is called 5, which initially gives some confusion and irritation from grammar cops.

Their Corporate Names (In Legal and Business Talk)

  • 1960-1972. Associated Broadcasting Corporation
  • 1992-2008. Associated Broadcasting Company
  • 1992-2015. ABC Development Corporation
  • 2015-present. TV5 Network, Inc.

The Channel’s Branding (In Pleb Talk)

  • June 19, 1960 – September 23, 1972; February 21, 1992- August 8, 2008. ABC
  • August 9, 2008 – February 16, 2018. TV5
  • February 17, 2018 – July 19, 2020. The 5 Network (known simply as 5)

Programming Changes for Channel 5

Infusion of Selected ONE News Programs

The infusion of ONE-branded programs into the mother channel began in February 2019 with The Big Story and One Balita. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the end of their Aksyon newscast branding and it was replaced with ONE News Now’s special coverage of the lockdown.

The next chapter for Channel 5

So far, we have heard rumors that three programs will be offered in the new chapter of the said channel:

  • Ms. Luchi Cruz Valdes will tackle “Usapang Real Life,”
  • the return of Kris Aquino on the small screen with “Love Life with Kris”, and
  • the return of Ryan Agoncillo with “Bangon Talentadong Pinoy.”

Kris’ show is planned to premiere on July 25th but it is deferred.

What are we sure and unsure of?

What we are not sure is when its nickname for 10 years — the Kapatid Network — will continue to carry over from this upcoming endeavor; what we are sure are (1) that the current call sign of its flagship Metro Manila station, DWET-TV, remains unchanged and (2) that the ownership remains under Manny V. Pangilinan’s MediaQuest.

However, the most important test for Channel 5 now is to how worthy they will be as a new, formidable competitor to GMA now that the South Triangle Duopoly Network War is in the history books.

They have to address a lot of their deficiencies by emulating the best (e.g. boosting the over-the-air signal, taking digital television endeavors very seriously) and learning from the worsts (e.g. particular programming, encryption of their digital subchannels) from the now-has-been-downscaled network from Mother Ignacia but they shouldn’t forget their own distinct style.

Good luck, Channel 5, on what your over-all plan of execution it will be.

P.S. It is a coincidence that I publish this post on Boss Manny V. Pangilinan’s birthday today. Best wishes.

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Timow’s Turf Midyear Report 2020

[AUTHOR’S WARNING: Some of the content include indirect and/or inflammatory opinions that can hurt significant sectors. Please understand and read at your own risk.]

THE FIRST HALF of this first year of the 2020s is overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic — giving a big timeout from regular programming.

Viewers are stir-crazy without live sports, new teleseryes and finding out the winners in the ongoing reality competitions; some new shows’ scheduled premieres are thwarted.

Also, the cease of free-to-air operations of ABS-CBN (including S+A) due to the lapsed legislative franchise last May 5 signaled the start of the Philippine media’s own “new normal.” Meanwhile, GMA has just launched its competitor digital TV receiver, the Affordabox.

Nevertheless, both the “Great Pause” and the “Moment of the Truth” should serve the surviving broadcasting executives to reflect and rethink their programming but alas, their attitudes seemed to be irreformable.

Anyway, some moments happened in the first half of the year that wasn’t published much here on the Turf containing the events, programs, channels, and personalities.

What Happened on H1 2020?

The Events


  • UAAP and NCAA. Both Metro Manila collegiate leagues have been terminated their 82nd and 95th seasons respectively due to community quarantine. While we don’t know when their new season (83rd and 96th, respectively) will kick in, both the executive boards would start thinking about broadcast deals since their free-to-air partner, S+A ceased operations while the Congressional hearing over the mother corporation’s franchise becomes a circus.
  • NBA. From a Utah Jazz player tested positive with the virus has turned the league’s play development into haywire. During the season, the national TV deal since the Solar-ABS dispute last September 2019 remained in limbo, leaving the fans starving for hoops action. CNN Philippines came to rescue but they pay half a million pesos per broadcast of one game on each weekend from November last year until February (until their All-Star Game). The league will resume play at the end of July in Orlando but the local airing remains unknown.
  • MPBL and PBA. Before the lockdown and the FTA stoppage, Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League was determining their conference championships. Meanwhile, the Philippine Basketball Association has just kicked in their new (45th) season with one opening game; they are planning to kick off their 3×3 league. To be frank, MPBL is too accomodating as they have 31 teams (one more than the NBA’s 30). Meanwhile, PBA will neither have an All-Star Weekend nor have an import to play this year as they will resort to one conference or force cancellation.


  • The 24th Asian Television Awards. Last January, the Asian counterpart of the Emmy Awards took place in the country for the very first time. Since the then-running South Triangle Duopoly refused to cover, TV5 took the honors. During this pre-COVID event, Manny V. Pangilinan’s award for “outstanding contribution to Asian television” became a point of ridicule, even though the comments in social media are not related to his TV ventures.


  • ONE Sports. On March 8, 5Plus became this channel to be consistent with Cignal’s “ONE” branded channels. It resumed three months later despite no live sports from across the Pacific Ocean.
  • Jack TV. On April 1, the pay-TV channel that offers multi-genre programming plugged off for real; it was not an April Fool’s prank. Today, Jack TV becomes a Web portal (similar to HERO back in 2018) as “Your Online Playground.”
  • One TV. Originally scheduled to launch on April 13 but is rescheduled on the 20th of this (i.e. as of press time) month as a rebrand of TV5 as a result of the pandemic. Alas, before the initially scheduled premiere, the usual change of leadership in Reliance happened in February with Roberto P. Galang succeeding Jane Basas as the network’s head honcho. During the delay, frustrated fans on that Facebook page have gone gaga demanding the return of Babaeng Hampaslupa rerun which they were heeded. (As a run-up to this new channel, the upcoming article will tackle all about their distinguished names.)

The Programs

Aired and On Broadcast

  • Wish Ko Lang (GMA). After almost 18 years, the wish-granting public affairs program every Saturday afternoons that was hosted by Vicky Morales ended. They used to be straightforward with the background story of letter senders but as it progressed further, it shifted towards dramatization.
  • Ilaban Natin Yan (GMA). The replacement reality-drama program that is also hosted by Morales tackles on societal issues.
  • Wowowin Primetime (GMA). On February 15, Willie Revillame expanded his variety show empire into Saturdays.
  • Gandang Gabi, Vice! (ABS). After eight years, Vice Ganda’s Sunday late-night talk show finally pulled the plug. While it was sad news for his fans, the good news of this ending was that he will not be overexposed every day of the week. His supposed replacement show, Everybody Sing, will be tacked in a bit.
  • Make It with You and Pamilya Ko (ABS). Two teleseryes were declared victims of both the pandemic and the shutdown.
  • Tutok to Win (GMA). Without the studio audience that is essential to Wowowin, Willie Revillame quickly adapts his own timeslot at his home at Wil Tower. (Salamat, Shopee!)

Slated but Stalled

  • Everybody, Sing! (ABS). This game show’s pilot episode would have been an immediate replacement to GGV but due to the community quarantine, it was inappropriate to be aired because of the crowd (even though it’s taped before the lockdown). The network’s FTA stoppage and non-inclusion in the Kapamilya Channel may increase the chance that the program will be shelved.
  • Yes, Yes, Yow (IBC). This SMAC Television Production show was supposed to premiere on April 4 on as a revival of the channel to have a noontime variety show in almost 15 years — until the pandemic entirely thwarted out of the schedule in favor of the hookup of PTV’s daily #LagingHandaPH public briefing with at least one item reserved for Senator Bong Go. While indefinite postponement is understandable due to “no crowd allowed” rule, we should not be surprised at all if this program — along with their other promoted shows that would be aired on BEAM TV and GMA News TV — will be scrapped entirely without seeing the light of day on the small screen.
  • Running Man Philippines (GMA). Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the South Korean variety show from SBS, this would be aired on the Kapuso Network. With the pandemic pushing this ambitious plan to next year, this would be the best time to think about whose personalities they will put in or there will be some backlashes.
  • Alamat ng Agila (GMA). This is another Kapuso show that they would look forward at the first half but it won’t please viewers — and one of their exclusive talents. Sen. Bong Revilla’s show would have been launched by the first quarter as the first post-newscast Sunday show replacing Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko. Perhaps, the delay is the silver lining of these unprecedented times as the leading and exclusive talent is obviously well known for the tarnished political scandal. (Most of the readers are not forgetting.)
  • Ang Sa Iyo ay Akin (ABS). This teleserye was supposed to premiere on March 23 but it was postponed due to the lockdown and network’s shutdown. One of its leading stars, Iza Calzado, was tested positive for COVID-19 on March 25 but she was fully recovered five days later. Possibility of shelving and/or deferral: who knows?!


  • Rico Hizon. If you remember what the Turf wrote back in 2018, the former BBC anchor stationed in Singapore has repatriated and began his stint on CNN Philippines since March 30. Three weeks later, he is currently the anchor of CNN Philippines’ last newscast for the weekday, The Final Word.

What’s Next?

In a Short While

In five days from this publication, Fox Filipino will cease broadcast after almost eight years out due to redundancy, lack of advertising support, and cross-cutting measures.

For the Next Six Months

The second half of 2020 will manifest the implementation of the “new normal” guidelines when it comes to taping shows. Also, this remaining half-year must be the time to go up the ante for the remaining networks by establishing deficient divisions, acquiring and employing high definition equipment, and going full commitment to digital terrestrial television.

Meanwhile, the members of the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) will go into panic mode since the majority of their member-publicists have ties with ABS-CBN. Without the media giant and the pandemic persistent, the 34th edition of the Star Awards for Television might give GMA the Best TV Station (to equalize Mother Ignacia’s wins, inclusive of ties) and they may have to adapt for a virtual awarding since they are not allowed to hold the awards outdoors — or it could be jettisoned altogether and carry over the criteria to next year (Who knows? They’re NOT transparent with the eligibility criteria as far as I’m concerned.)

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Timow’s Turf Special: Countdown to SEA Games

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For the very artsy people, the official logo of this year’s SEA Games is unforgivably a “cringe”, “uncreative” and an “eyesore.” In the end, would this be memorable or be forgettable?

AS the preliminary competitions of few sporting events in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games are underway, tomorrow (November 30) will showcase the greatest spectacle of sports in the region after 14 years.

The last time we hosted back in 2005, social media wasn’t penetrated into the market and smartphones didn’t exist yet. Today, mobile Internet access has expanded either to catch up the action in real-time or to notify if the athletes are qualified for the next round.

In that gap of time, venues like the Mall of Asia Arena and the Philippine Arena have been erected and are ready for use to showcase sports. Also, ambitious plans were aggressively concreted, particularly in the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.

Before we go further behind the scenes with the present edition, let’s recap the moments when we previously hosted the biennial regional multi-sport meet.

Past Hostings at a Glance

1981 (11th Edition)

  • DATES: December 6 to 15
  • BROADCASTERS: Maharlika Broadcasting System and Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation

Martial law has already been lifted in the early part of that year but President Marcos remained in power as he was re-elected and the media remained restricted.

In that edition, their then-new infrastructure was built in Pasig called the University of Life Track & Field and Arena or simply called ULTRA (now PhilSports Arena).

In the sporting proper, Lydia de Vega wowed the country with two gold medals in 200 and 400-meter sprints, earning the nickname “Asia’s Sprint Queen.” Bong Coo emerged in the spotlight as the top tenpin bowler with six medals (four of which is gold).

1991 (16th Edition)

  • DATES: November 24 to December 3
  • BROADCASTERS: People’s Television Network (PTV), ABS-CBN, IBC and RPN

While the host city was in Metro Manila, four sports (archery, canoeing, sailing and triathlon) were held in Subic Bay. At that time, Subic was packing up after the decision of the renewal of the US naval base was rejected by the Senate two months prior.

This edition was the only edition where the overall championship was heavily contested; the deciding medal came from the last sporting event — the women’s triathlon — where Indonesia got the gold medal.

Athletes associated with the said edition include Eric Buhain, Akiko Thompson (swimming) and Bea Lucero (gymnast turned taekwondoka). Lydia de Vega redeemed her title as the “Asia’s Fastest Woman” and Elma Muros was celebrated for the long jump. Our men’s basketball team regained the cage supremacy by defeating Thailand in the finals.

2005 (23rd Edition)

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Most readers were alive and remembered when we hosted the last time.

  • DATES: November 27 to December 5
  • BROADCASTERS: National Broadcasting Network (NBN), ABC and IBC

This was the first SEA Games that some events took place outside Luzon and first that both ceremonies were not staged in a stadium — they were staged in Quirino Grandstand.

While the official hymn was “We’re All Just One,” Rivermaya’s “Posible” will forever be associated as the popular song of this Games.

This was the edition where basketball, our national pastime, was not held due to the suspension by FIBA to compete internationally. Nevertheless, this was the first time that we became an overall champion.

In this edition

There are 530 events in 56 sports taking place for this 12-day affair (not counting the days before the opening ceremony) across Luzon.

For the first time, the bookend ceremonies will take place separately; tomorrow, they will open at the Philippine Arena but they will close in their ambitious New Clark City Athletics Stadium on December 11.

The theme of this edition is “We Win as One,” with its corresponding theme song performed by Lea Salonga:

The Broadcasters

While Pittsburgh-based NEP Group will produce these sports events but there are local broadcasters that will supply the coverage.

Initially, TV5 and ABS-CBN are potential candidates.

For the former, it was a no-brainer since they have significant sportscasting experience placed in their dossier before the organizing committee despite criticisms of putting commercials during the ceremonies (you can watch them sans interruption through their YouTube Livestream). With their broadcast franchise safe for another 25 years, hence, they became the official media partner. Cignal TV has allocated three channels for this one-off event, in addition to One Sports.

Regarding the latter, it was initially screened due to their technological advancements but its franchise will expire in four months and Congress has not prioritized it. Also, their main channel’s biggest concern is that their schedule is completely committed to competition shows (the opening ceremony is a Saturday) and teleseryes (closing ceremony falls on a Wednesday) but they have S+A and Liga to the rescue.

CONFIRMED: By secret agreement, the OC will be carried live on ABS-CBN (pre-empting any shows that follow) and iWant with S+A catching up in delay by 15 minutes. TV5 will be delayed by an hour and a half — harmonizing with the rest of the Cignal channels.

PTV almost left out

By intuition from history, PTV must be there to cover this biennial regional sports meet. This is the usual trend for other Southeast Asian nations. In the last iteration in Kuala Lumpur in 2017, we have done so but under last-minute pressure by then-Philippine Olympic Committee President Peping Cojuangco.

Because of the initial screening, the state broadcaster was almost left out causing concern for Senator Francis Tolentino during the 2020 budget deliberations on the Presidential Communications Operations Office last September 26.

There is a valid, consensual justification to include this state TV network: President Rodrigo Duterte is required to be present — as it is a traditional protocol for a head of state — and to simply read the opening formula (i.e. no alibis and no cussing) after the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee’s (PHISGOC) chair, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, delivered their welcoming remarks.

Who’s taking the slice?

Per common reports, at least 11 events will be carried live: aquatics (diving and swimming), athletics, badminton, basketball (5×5 and 3×3), boxing, football, gymnastics, sepak takraw, taekwondo, indoor volleyball, and E-sports.

As per individual media entities, ABS-CBN is said to cover exclusively on volleyball and soccer while ESPN5 will supply the rest, with emphasis on basketball (on the main channel), eSports (certainly on 5Plus) and aquatics.

On the other hand, PTV is reportedly taking care of skateboarding and BMX (cycling); although they will cover random sporting events that are not exclusive to private entities.

The rest of the sporting action will be covered through the Facebook live streams, on YouTube channel of ESPN5 and in iWant.

Of course, there will be always highlights throughout each progressing day, regardless if they are media partners or not.


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Timow’s Turf Midyear Report 2019

JULY already?

By George, it’s time for the annual traditional compendium of what has happened over our media in the halftime of final year of the 2010s.

This year, we’ll tackle about five developments that happened during the first half; all had one underlying thing: finding a better purpose.