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TV5 Moves to the New TV5 Media Center

The computer-generated model of the TV5 Media Center at the corner of Reliance and Sheridan in Mandaluyong City.

Today is the first working day for News5 employees in its new headquarters in Mandaluyong City. The TV5 Media Center, a brainchild of owner Manny V. Pangilinan, will serve as the corporate headquarters of the network, and will feature six TV studios, newsrooms for News5, post-production facilities, a radio booth for Radyo5 92.3 News FM, technical operating rooms, and production space for TV5’s other programs.

Construction of the TV5 Media Center began on January 2011, and took nearly three years to complete. The new edifice is built as part of TV5’s ongoing efforts to update existing technologies and facilities for a seamless transition to digital broadcasting. In addition, its close proximity to the center of Metro Manila and its highly elevated location should yield a much-improved broadcast signal.

With the move to the new Media Center, TV5 becomes the fourth major broadcast network to operate in Mandaluyong City. Quest Broadcasting’s Magic 89.9, 99.5 Play FM and Jam 88.3, and FBS Radio’s Mellow 947 currently operate at Paragon Plaza in the corner of EDSA and Reliance, while Solar Entertainment currently operate at the Worldwide Corporate Center in Shaw Boulevard.

The opening of the TV5 Media Center should give a huge boost for the Kapatid network, as it continues to find its niche as an alternative to common programming.

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AksyonTV Ends 24/7 Broadcasts

Once the first 24/7 Filipino language news channel on free TV, AksyonTV ceased its 24/7 airing on December 1.

What was once the first all-Filipino 24-hour news channel on free TV is now a distant memory. AksyonTV decided to sign off at midnight of November 30, a surprising move considering the network’s high expectations from its opening broadcast.

Not a few notice this, but since the programs from the defunct AKTV block on IBC joined AksyonTV, the network found themselves in trouble sustaining a 24/7 news broadcast. And coupled with the lack of revenue being generated alongside TV5, it became obvious that the higher operating costs were to blame for AksyonTV cutting short its on-air operations.

With the end of the 24/7 broadcast, AksyonTV had to say goodbye to re-runs of some of their programs, as well as Radyo5 simulcasts such as ‘Morning Calls’ and ‘Todo Bigay’. Instead they begin their broadcasts on weekdays with a simulcast of TV5’s ‘Good Morning Club‘, before ending it with AksyonTV originals. Then on weekends, they both start and end their broadcasts with the AksyonTV originals.

Even before ceasing the 24/7 broadcasts, some of the programs aired on AksyonTV became victims of the entry of AKTV refugees. The simulcasts of TV5’s T3: Reload and Aksyon ended before the PBA Governors’ Cup, while original programs such as ‘CNN Konek‘ ended before the start of the NCAA season.

AksyonTV’s decision to end its 24/7 broadcast leaves the ABS-CBN News Channel and the Solar News Channel as the only active 24/7 news networks in the country. And considering AksyonTV’s viewership being aimed at the ‘masa’ market, it may be the wise move to do. Now the big question is, what’s next for the suddenly beleaguered news network of Manny V. Pangilinan?

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The Lack of PBA D-League TV Coverage

The new PBA D-League season is underway, but the league started off without a television broadcast partner. The D-League is now in its fourth season, with 14 teams currently competing in the first conference Aspirants’ Cup. And with the recent PBA Rookie Draft attracting 79 prospects, interest in the PBA’s farm league is starting to pick up.

That newfound interest did not translate to television coverage, however. The league’s erstwhile partner in Sports5 decided to back out, as their commitments to the NCAA, the PBA, the United Football League, and other sports events made it impossible to add the D-League to their schedule. At the same time, the D-League started to negotiate with GMA for game coverage, according to sources. But as of today, GMA and the D-League have yet to agree on a television deal.

The addition of the D-League on GMA should be a welcome boost to the network, whose sports coverage have been few and far between. GMA’s recent sports resume only includes Manny Pacquiao fights, Shakey’s V-League matches and other minor events, a resume that does not equal that of ABS-CBN Sports or Sports5. If the Kapuso network agrees to air the D-League it will definitely increase its opportunity of acquiring the rights for PBA games soon, in the process adding its own reputation as a force in the sportscasting department.

Meanwhile, airing the D-League on GMA News TV should only boost the league’s exposure. With the talent pool growing, the league needs a broadcast partner to showcase some of the players’ skills, and introduce lesser-known basketball players to the audience. Imagine if the league failed to find a broadcast partner throughout the season, then no one will pay witness to see the likes of Chris Banchero or Bobby Ray Parks play against fellow Fil-foreigners and provincial talents. So the D-League needs that kind of exposure to help the fans memorize these up-and-coming players.

The PBA D-League is currently ongoing, and if GMA is able to pick up its games, it should help the league in the long-term.

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ABS-CBN’s 60th Anniversary Weekend

ABS-CBN kicks off its 60th anniversary of television broadcasts with the Grand Kapamilya Weekend from October 5-6.

On October 23, 1953, ABS-CBN launched the first television broadcast in the Philippines. In the sixty years since its first broadcast, the Kapamilya network grew into a national and global network, becoming the first network in the country to air in color, in high definition, and via satellite. On the weekend of October 5-6, ABS-CBN will hold a variety of events to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its television broadcasts.

The Grand Kapamilya Weekend will be held at the Quezon Memorial Circle, and noontime variety shows ‘Showtime’ and ‘ASAP‘ will hold live shows at the venue. In addition, a bazaar, a medical mission, a soup kitchen, an exhibition game between Star Magic and ABS-CBN Sports staff, a Star Cinema live screening, and a story-telling session will also be held at the venue. The nightly festivities will see a live concert sponsored by MOR 101.9, and a live Kapamilya KTV.

In addition, a pair of charitable eco-runs will also take place, with both the ‘One Run, One Philippines: Isang Bayan Para sa Kalikasan’ and the ‘Run for the Pasig River‘ aiming to raise money for environmental concerns. And finally the Kapamilya All-Star Games will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on October 5 for basketball, and at the Marikina Sports Complex on October 6 for Volleyball.

For more on the schedules regarding the activities for the Grand Kapamilya Weekend, click on this link.

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