The press conferences at Malacañang Palace have become a regular occurrence.
In the last few weeks, news networks cut their regularly scheduled programming short in order to air these press briefings live. But while they appear important to the average person, many do not appreciate Malacañang’s unexpected interruptions.
Most of these recent press conferences focus on the state of Mindanao, particularly Marawi, during the island’s implementation of Martial Law. The so-called ‘Mindanao Hour’ usually takes place at around or past 11:00 a.m., and is led by presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella and other speakers of interest, most notably AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla.
With the crisis in Marawi now reaching its 50th day (and counting), it all seems imperative for Malacañang to make the hourly press conferences mandatory for news organizations to follow. But so far, only the government-owned People’s Television Network, CNN Philippines and the ABS-CBN News Channel are the ones willing to air these events.
The rest? Some either broadcast these proceedings online or do not care at all.
If the Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM) were to ask, is it high time to make these press conferences a regular program? Perhaps the time is now right to do so, given the frequency of the event.
However, if the news organizations were to ask, are they prepared to handle a mandatory event such as the Malacañang press conferences? They may agree, but they could make some sacrifices to make the briefings work.
That said, these regular interruptions in programming require the complete cooperation and concentration between RTVM and fellow news outlets. If they choose to make the press conferences mandatory, they must be in the same page to make it work, as long as it does not interfere with their regular programs.
It is nice to get some much-needed updates and information from the most reliable sources. But if they regularly do so in an unexpected manner, then it may become an annoyance to people.
Update: It was announced that ‘Mindanao Hour’ will only take place on Monday and Friday, with written statements issued from Tuesday to Thursday. However, expect Malacañang to issue more press conferences in relation to other concerns of national interest.
9 thoughts on “A Message to RTVM: Make the 11:00 A.M. Press Conference Mandatory”
If News TV will do this, the problem is News To Go and Balitanghali.
News to Go will not be a problem. It’s just a recap of yesterday’s stories. Balitanghali can also be delayed for a while.
Speaking of News To Go, their advertised time is instead given to Jennylyn Mercado’s “Every Day Sarap with CDO” for 10 minutes.
Then, how can they even air that press conference with an unavoidable vignette and misleading promotion?
Exactly. It’s a waste of time. Would’ve been better if Jennylyn’s cooking show moves to GMA, preferably before either Trops or Eat Bulaga. Then they have to finally cancel News to Go since it’s just a recap of yesterday’s stories and it is an unnecessary one.
Pwede naman nilang tularan ang CNN PH.
What do you mean tularan? Do you want them to imitate what CNNPH is doing?
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