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Cancellation of Kape at Balita on GMA News TV

GMA News TV’s ‘Kape at Balita’ aired its final episode on August 16, 2013, finishing its 10-month run.

From August 19 onwards, many viewers of GMA News TV noticed a change in the early morning timeslot. Instead of the early morning newscast ‘Kape at Balita‘, the said network have been airing repeats of documentaries such as ‘Hamon ng Kalikasan’ and ‘Misteryo‘. No explanation was given regarding the cancellation.

The second incarnation of ‘Kape at Balita’ started to air on October 22, 2012 as an alternative program to the big networks’ morning shows such as ‘Umagang Kay Ganda‘, ‘Good Morning Club‘, and ‘Unang Hirit‘. The program’s basic fare featured mostly current news events, spiced up with commentaries and interviews from various sources. In short, ‘Kape at Balita’ was more akin to the morning news and commentary shows on radio such as ‘Kabayan: Kapangyarihan ng Mamamayan, Balita at Talakayan’ and ‘Saksi sa Dobol B‘.

This was GMA News TV’s second attempt at a morning show. Previous to that they aired a simulcast of DZBB‘s ‘Saksi sa Dobol B’, before giving way to ‘Kape at Balita’. Morning shows on television were usually the most difficult and expensive to produce, and with the domination of the morning shows on the big networks, the others struggled to keep pace. One example is Studio 23‘s defunct morning show ‘Breakfast’, which struggled with viewership because the format is more akin to middle and upper class viewers.

These days both ABS-CBN and TV5 simulcast their morning shows on their sister news networks. ‘Umagang Kay Ganda’ is also seen on the all-English cable network ABS-CBN News Channel, while ‘Good Morning Club’ is simulcast on the UHF AksyonTV. GMA would have loved to do the same thing with ‘Unang Hirit’, but since their sister network GMA News TV is also a VHF channel, it is very unlikely.

At the moment it is unclear whether or not GMA News TV will produce another morning show. For now, they revert back to airing past documentaries, something the network will never want to do after all my criticisms against the network.

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14 thoughts on “Cancellation of Kape at Balita on GMA News TV

  1. James Ty III says:

    GMA News TV airs a lot of reruns of Pinoy Abroad after News To Go. Pinoy Abroad is also replayed on Fox Filipino Channel. Redundant.

    • Pinoy Abroad was cancelled a few years ago, way before AksyonTV started airing a similar program called ‘Buhay OFW’. TV5 is also expected to air ‘Dayo’ next week.

    • I think it was the viewers’ request to convert ‘Astig’ to a 30-minute program, rather than just a shortie. As I said, TV5 will have a new news block called ‘KBO’ (Karunungan, Balita, Opinyon) starting October 14. ‘Dayo’ and Astig’ are just two of the five programs for that block, which will also include ‘Demolition Job’, ‘Numero’ and ‘History with Lourd’. The new programs will complement ‘Pilipinas News’ and ‘Reaksyon’.

  2. James Ty III says:

    Bro, my uncle is watching GMA News TV now. Even though the programming there sucks, he still likes watching the old documentaries on that station.

  3. dapat ibalik ang kape at balita sa GMA News TV-11 tapos ilagay na lang every sat. & sun. mornings. kasi hindi pwedeng ilagay sa mon-fri. mornings kasi magkakalaban sila ng unang hirit same format lang!

      • muning says:

        ulit, lumakas ang gntv sa hapon at weekends dahil sa sports coverage ng tv5, kaya nga intensyon lang ng news tv ang talunin ang tv5, gumagawa ng loyal viewers at ngayong month of august. bumagsak sa single digit ang nutam ng tv5 kung kaya dikit na sila ng news tv. at sana naman sa tv5, tigilan na nila ang pag ere ng sports coverage kahit na malawak ang signal ng tv5 maliban na lang sa pba at ilipat na nila sa aksyon tv 41 dahil pinalakas at pinalawak na ng nbc ang signal. kaya sabihin mo ang ginagawa ng tv5 ay para sa loyal viewers at di na nila iniintindi ang gntv, ngayon unti unti na sila nawawala ng loyal viewers at may rivalry na sila ngyon sa rating tulad ng dati face to face/ personalan, movie sa hapon/takilya blockbuster at ngayon, aksyon sa tanghali/ balitanghali. kaya nga tagalog ang ginagamit ng gntv kasi pang masa at para makakuha ng maraming viewers. at kaya marami ang nanood ng gntv dahil malawak ang signal, pinahahalagahan ang balita, puro plugging noong 2011 sa gma7, may gntv pasabay bus, more informative at nae-entertain ang viewers. sorry kung ikunumpara ko ulit ang fake news channel sa major network. kung di kayo maniwala sa akin, ok lang.

  4. muning says:

    may dagdag pa ako, noong premiere day ng news tv, puro plugging sila at namimigay ng dyaryo na ang laman ay mga shows at schedule ng news tv. mas paiba iba ang tv ads ng news tv kumpara sa tv5 na halos unilever, selecta at mvp group of companies lang ang tv ads nila. kung hindi ratings ang dahilan ng news tv, bakit pa nila tinagalog ang foreign movies ,foreign documentaries, pawn stars at king of restoration.
    pero ito muna ang mga ilang pruweba ko na ratings lang ang hanap nila, pero mega manila lang

    dito naman , dumoble ang tv ratings pero mega manila lang

      • muning says:

        noong feb. 2014 tv5= 12.7%, gntv = 9.8%, baka sabihin mo nagsisinungaling ako o imbento ko lang ito pero nasa sayo na yan kung maniwala ka sa akin o hindi at sorry po kung 2012 pa yan pero ganon pa rin sila hanggang ngayon , ratings pa rin ang layunin. sorry po kung wala ako mahanap kasi mahirap maghanap ng soures kasi di naman lahat ng naipalabas sa tv ay naia-uplod sa internet. tanong mo sa iba ang nakakaalam sa pagitan ng sinasabi kong 2 magkaibang network sa tv ratings. malay mo, balang araw ay gagawa ka rin ng article patungkol dito.

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