Philippines, Sports, television

Free Football: S+A Adds Premier League, La Liga, UEFA Champions League

ABS-CBN’s S+A and Triple CH joined forces to bring the Premier League, La Liga and UEFA Champions League to Filipino audiences. (Photo credit: PinoyFootball.com)

More football indeed.

ABS-CBN’s S+A reinforced its football catalog by adding three of the world’s best-known football tournaments. In a landmark partnership with Hong Kong-based Triple CH, select games of England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Europe’s UEFA Champions League will air live on S+A.

ABS-CBN Integrated Sports head Dino Laurena is more than excited to bring top-flight football to Philippine shores.

“Bringing these premier football leagues to free TV is part of our commitment to bring the best sports content to Filipinos. We hope that Filipinos will be more inspired to not just watch but also play the sport, as they get to see the football greats such as Ronaldo and Messi in action.”

“The time has come to let the excitement and the bigness of the game of football that has taken the world like a giant tsunami to come to the shores of the Philippines.”

Triple CH chairman Bernard Sumayao is hopeful that the partnership will bring in greater opportunities to propagate the sport of football in the Philippines.

“It’s a stepping stone for bigger things that we want to do. We brought these matches here because we want to increase the awareness and involvement of Filipinos in football. We want to see the level of football in the Philippines to go higher, to make them a powerhouse in football in the future, especially in Southeast Asia. Our partnership with ABS-CBN is crucial because they will be our distributor for all of the programs and projects we want to do.”

“We are prepared to make certain commitments to assist everything from the grassroots level all the way to the national team level.”

Sorrakit Lathitham, the managing director of Demeter Corporation, is likewise positive that the burgeoning partnership will help grow football’s popularity in the country.

“We believe that the Philippines is a growing market and a very healthy market for sports. We trust the goals and vision of Triple CH and we wish this partnership to grow and strengthen in the days to come.”

Airing the likes of the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League are nothing new for S+A. Back when the network was still named Balls*, the channel aired select games of the two leagues for a brief period of time.

In fact, it was Balls who first swooped in on the Premier League following the change of rightsholder from Fox Sports Asia to beIN Sport in 2013. However, ABS-CBN Sports was forced to give up the broadcasts once beIN Sport became available to Filipino cable and satellite subscribers.

But now that S+A reclaimed the rights to the two leagues alongside La Liga (not to mention greater availability through free TV), they can only hope that the love affair of football aficionados will endure for a longer period of time. It will be great to see some of football’s top stars grace the Filipino small screen in the years to come.

Live games of the Premier League, La Liga and UEFA Champions League on S+A will commence this December. The initial schedule of games can be seen below.

*Note: Studio 23 was renamed S+A SD in 2014, and Balls was renamed S+A HD in 2015. ABS-CBN merged the two networks’ programming in April 2017.

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Live Blog: 2017 ASEAN Summit on ANC (Part II)

The 2017 ASEAN Summit is up and running, as heads of ASEAN nations as well as other world dignitaries converge to discuss various political issues that affect both their countries and the world. At around the same time, the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit also takes place, focusing on business concerns surrounding the ASEAN region.

The ABS-CBN News Channel and CNN Philippines are the primary channels that will cover in detail the ASEAN Summit. For this live blog, I will focus on ANC, so keep refreshing this blog for the latest updates on their coverage.

10:00 a.m.

The speech ends. Meanwhile, Peter Lundgreen is at the 8 Rockwell studio being interviewed by Annalisa Burgos.

Yes, 8 Rockwell studio is still open at 10:00 a.m.

10:10 a.m.

Outside, today has some uncommonly hot November weather. But inside the main ANC studio, Annalisa Burgos still looked as cool as a cucumber.

Annalisa is no stranger to big events such as the ASEAN Summit. She may be a relative newcomer on ANC, but journalism has been her calling card for years now.

10:20 a.m.

Not much activity right now. Inside the CCP, there’s plenty of dancing during the opening ceremony, while Annalisa does some recapping of this morning’s news.

10:25 a.m.

At the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, Michelle Ong is live-tweeting the proceedings as we speak. Expect some video highlights from said event in the coming hours.

10:30 a.m.

ASEAN Summit protests are well underway. Stay safe, journalists on site.

10:35 a.m.

Live stream of the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit is available on the GoNegosyo Facebook page. If not, follow Michelle Ong’s tweets.

With all the news related to the ASEAN Summit going on, ANC is doing its best to keep viewers company. Thank goodness for social media in adding further context to the story.

10:45 a.m.

After another brief look at the headlines, ANC is now reairing Cathy Yang’s interview with George Barcelon. Not much going on right now.

In the meantime, didn’t we mention that Cathy is once again nominated for Best Anchor at the 2017 Asian Television Awards? She previously won three awards in the same category in the early 2000s, all while based in Hong Kong working for Bloomberg Asia.

10:55 a.m.

Now business has picked up anew. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is delivering his speech at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit with the help of an interpreter.

Oh no, ANC cut short that speech a few minutes later. Commercial break time.

11:00 a.m.

Back at ANC’s coverage of the 2017 ASEAN Summit. And another summary of the headlines.

A plenary session among the ASEAN and world leaders is now underway.

11:10 a.m.

President Duterte now presiding the ASEAN Summit plenary session.

And they cut short his speech anew. Goodness gracious.

11:15 a.m.

After over four hours covering the live blog, a lot has taken place as far as interviews and live feeds are concerned. As lunch time draws near, activity slowed down somewhat.

In the meantime, enjoy the ‘replay’ of the headlines on ANC right now.

11:20 a.m.

ANC was about to go back to Medvedev’s address at Solaire but the speech came to an end. We will have to wait for the summary.

In the meantime, here is a spoiler of Cathy Yang’s interview with GoNegosyo’s Joey Concepcion.

11:30 a.m.

Cathy Yang is back live at Solaire, this time with Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala as guest. Looks like Cathy has quite a day ahead of her.

11:45 a.m.

Annalisa Burgos is about to wrap up her shift, so why not take another look at the headlines. A few minutes later, Cathy Yang has another guest in ICTSI’s Enrique Razon.

While Cathy interviews Mr. Razon, we can also point out that both are alumni of De La Salle University like yours truly. And the gymnasium where the Green Archers and other DLSU varsity teams practice was named after Mr. Razon’s father.

We can also mention that the Green Archers won last night against the Ateneo Blue Eagles to force a Final Four in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball.

In the meantime, enjoy some serious talk on improving the traffic situation with these two.

11:58 a.m.

Annalisa Burgos ends her shift. Now she can relax and breathe easily after a three-hour run inside the ANC studio.

In the meantime, I presume that Karmina Constantino will be coming up next.

12:05 p.m.

If baseball has the seventh-inning stretch, this live blog has the 12 o’clock stretch. Time to stretch a bit.

Back at ANC, Karmina Constantino is now on board, but not at the main ANC studio. She is now anchoring inside the ANC newsroom studio where many of their newscasts take place.

Oh, and Christian Esguerra is at the PICC where all the media partners are based right now. Not to mention that he took off his tie following his time at 8 Rockwell.

12:15 p.m.

Around this time, KC and Christian were talking about the ASEAN Summit and the latest news that took place today. This is like a mental lunch to me.

Speaking of lunch, time to serve some.

12:30 p.m.

Protests, protest and more protests.

12:35 p.m.

Wilnor Papa of Amnesty International is at the studio now, discussing ASEAN’s need to address the Rohingya crisis. Time to feed my brain some more.

12:50 p.m. 

KC and Christian are back to continue their conversation on the ASEAN Summit. This is starting to get more interesting.

If you are watching this coverage from the start, ANC has been utilizing the generic ASEAN 50 motif shortly after the end of ‘Headstart’ instead of the title cards of their programs. After all, this is a special coverage that will last the entire day.

1:00 p.m.

Cathy Yang’s interview with Joey Concepcion is now on the air. This is obviously recorded several hours earlier.

At this time, the ASEAN Summit is on a lunch break. They are expected to resume at around 2:00 p.m. today.

Stay tuned for Part III.

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Cathy Yang Returns to ANC

Cathy Yang returns to ANC starting this September. Yang previously worked for the network in the late 90s, specifically as a business news anchor. (Photo credit: ABS-CBN)

The ABS-CBN News Channel is getting an old face back to the fold.

Cathy Yang recently announced through her social media accounts that she will return to the network starting this September. Yang comes to ABS-CBN fresh from a 15-year international stint with Bloomberg Asia and CCTV.

Prior to returning to ABS-CBN, Yang worked for the Mother Ignacia-based network during the late 90s, particularly as the anchor of ANC’s ‘Stock Market Live’. For old-time Channel 2 viewers, she was best known as the co-host of ‘Usapang Business’ with Ces Drilon.

In between, Yang worked for Bloomberg Asia and CCTV, and was based in Tokyo and Hong Kong during those years. As an anchor for Bloomberg Asia, Yang was a three-time Best News Anchor winner from the prestigious Asian TV Awards.

Two new projects await Yang at the start of September: ‘Market Edge’ and ‘Business Nightly’, the timeslots of which are yet to be determined. With over two decades of experience, Yang should be an asset to ANC’s deep roster of anchors, not to mention a guiding light to the network’s younger staff.

 

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