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RPN Has a New Owner, But It’s Not Ramon Ang

9TV is now under the ownership of Aliw Broadcasting’s Antonio Cabangon-Chua, who also took over as chairman of RPN. (Photo credit: Fortune Life Insurance official website)

The Solar era on the Radio Philippines Network is officially over.

At 12:00 a.m. today, 9TV signed on as a replacement to Solar News Channel. But while cable viewers were able to witness the changing of the guard, those without it had to wait until 6:00 a.m. to see the change take effect.

Meanwhile, contrary to what was written previously on From the Tube, Ramon Ang did not actually acquire Solar TV and a stake on RPN. Instead, he was only interested in acquiring the network’s shares prior to his partial acquisition of GMA Network.

It was later revealed that the entirety of Solar TV and a portion of RPN’s shares were acquired by Antonio Cabangon-Chua, owner of Aliw Broadcasting Corporation. In addition, Cabangon-Chua was elected chairman of RPN, replacing Solar Entertainment’s Wilson Tieng.

This will be Aliw’s first foray into the television industry. The company started in 1991 with DWIZ 882-AM as its flagship station, before expanding into FM radio with Home Radio (now Natural).

In addition, Cabangon-Chua owns and publishes the broadsheet BusinessMirror and tabloid Pilipino Mirror under the Philippine Business Daily Mirror Publishing, Inc. banner. The former ambassador to Laos has also invested in insurance, banking, and real estate, among other ventures.

The recent acquisition of RPN by Aliw followed the tie-up that the two parties forged in January. It can be recalled that both RPN and Aliw signed a memorandum of agreement to have a selection of DWIZ radio programs air on RPN’s national Radyo Ronda AM stations.

Cabangon-Chua also plans to rename Solar Television under the Aliw banner. Should the plan bear fruit, it will officially cease any association with the previous ownership.

It is indeed the dawn of a new era in the storied yet tumultuous history of RPN. Now the question is, what’s next for the station? Only time will tell.


30 thoughts on “RPN Has a New Owner, But It’s Not Ramon Ang

  1. KG says:

    I hope the new RPN management will give the benefits of retirment to the employees na nagretiro o di kaya ipabalik nila ang mga natanggal na mga empleyado nila noong na-privatize ng Solar ang RPN noong October 2012.

  2. Fhhy says:

    Where is 9TV’s full schedule?
    How about the reactions from those who are currently watching 9TV?

    According to the same InterAksyon article linked above, channel 9 will be renamed in a unknown point in time to “Aliw Channel”, so I assume that the 9TV name is temporary.

    • 9TV’s schedule can be seen on their official Facebook You can also find the viewers’ reactions.

      Actually, the Aliw Channel name will only be used for corporate and business purposes; they’ll be using the 9TV name on air.

      • KG says:

        Maybe they will changed the corporate name of STVNI into Aliw.

        Ang daming programming suggestions na karamihan ay humihiling ay ipalabas ang mga anime o di kaya imported shows.

      • I agree with KG, foreign series will return soon which will also be helpful so that big networks will produce weekly series more than teleseryes. More shows means more jobs. Kailangan mas maraming magkatrabaho sa entertainment industry

  3. Nameless says:

    Sino ‘yung little boy na kasama niya sa picture na ‘yan? Pero si Amb. ALC, kamukha niya si Henry Sy. Hehe.

    I searched about ALC’s other personal background. He’s a former colonel and a UE alumnus. Pero he’s a very quiet businessman but he has many companies. Malaki ang expectation ko sa kanya dito sa 9TV/RPN. However, ramdam pa rin ang presence ng Solar thru some foreign programs na lang, like TODAY & Inside Edition (na ipinapalabas din sa 2nd Ave/RJ29), kasi sila ang Phil. distributor ng mga ganung shows.

    By the entrance of DWIZ’s brainchild, hindi na tayo magugulat kung makikita rin natin sa 9news team sina Rey Langit, Marou Sarne at ang possible comeback ni Alex Santos sa TV.

    Kaya naman daw pala naibenta ni Tieng’s ang RPN/Solar TV shares niya, kasi he wanna invest more on resort & casino industry thru Thunderbird franchise.

    • Possibly a relative of ALC.

      Yes Solar still has a great influence on 9TV. By the way, Rey Langit is still tied up with his Kasangga Mo programs, which were blocktimers, so he is unlikely (for now) to appear on 9TV.

      • Nameless says:

        In terms of 9tv programming, they should stop airing HSN on afternoon block, lalo na kung willing si ALC na mag-move on from Solar. Pero in fair, tila “nakiki-hati” na lang ang 9news/Solar TV, Inc. ng studios from its “former” owner. Hmmm, is there a possibility kaya na lumipat na ang 9tv ng location in the future? Probably, baka sa Citystate Tower din sila lilipat, along Shaw Blvd. din. They should remove also the blue-yellow motif in all of its newscast.

        On having partnership w/ ANC sa BMirror, it should be stopped (for me). Unfair lang, kasi may news channel na si ALC then may news channel pa na makiki-tie up sa BMirror.

      • For all intents and purposes, they should move on. Better get the old things out and the new ones in. Pero it will take some time.

        And yes, BusinessMirror should cease ties with ANC, since it directly competes with the owner’s new network.

  4. Sana they could have a talk show where they could guest anyone from any tv network, ung mejo neutral ground tutal di nman ata sila mag venture into entertainment programs, mala E! Or Extra para nman patas.

      • Nameless says:

        Kung magpapalabas rin lang naman ang 9TV ng talk shows, they should air “Ellen”. As this talk show still suffers from poor signal on 2nd Avenue/RJ29, despite the fact na maganda at successful ang show na ‘to. Since hindi pa naman agad mawawala ang presence ng Solar sa new channel due to numerous canned programs from UK/US. Or why don’t they try to air some talk shows from ABC-US like Good Morning America & The View.

        Or why don’t they try to produce more local shows or to revamp the content/timeslot of their newscasts? I suggest na dapat mag-produce din sila ng isang I.T.-oriented show para may pantapat sa Convergence ng net25, since unopposed ang show na ‘to for a decade.

      • They used to air The Talk from CBS, pero due to local programming natanggal ito.

        Anyway, pwede rin Ellen, but 9TV already has NBC’s Today so useless yung GMA ng ABC.

        And yes, more local shows. Pero that will depend on how much money will pump in.

      • Papayag nman siguro lalo na free publicity, at pdeng magpromote ng show/pelikula, tutal magkaiba nman sila ng niche eh, it will be great kung mangyari un, like kpag may bagong soap sa Dos, makakapromote sila sa 9.

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