Last year, just weeks before Christmas, I typed on the message on the official Facebook page of the People’s Television Network (PTV) about the programming on Christmas and the New Year. Conquering the television station is a big obstacle for any chickened-out Filipino netizens because of its owner, the National Government. Yes, critics of PTV-4, including myself, would called the station, in a militant way, tuta ng Pangulo (lapdog to the President).
I already know the past records of Channel 4 when covering such special days of the Filipino people. They just air normal programming and sign-off at midnight on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. They did not get along with the people’s reaction of every minute of the holidays. Neither, they air something special on the two days. PTV became apathetic in making a response to grab the TV audience. Thus, the viewers already judged Channel 4 negatively.
I wrote some of my proposals, even though it would be impossible by protectionist (restrictive) programming policy, but then, lo and behold, Mr. Ed Finlan revised the schedule outright with the Papal activities such as the Christmas Eve Mass and the Urbi et Orbi. These papal activities are derived from the feed of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), the same cable channel that carries the canonization of St. Pedro Calungsod last October 2012, with its clean English audio commentary.
Yesterday, Christmas Day, I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to see if they air the live midnight Mass at the Vatican. Sadly, it didn’t, not even PTV nor ABS-CBN, nor GMA 7. Though, ABS-CBN and GMA insert the inset of the proceedings of the Eucharistic celebration, they care about the important (though sensationalized) news on Umagang Kay Ganda and Unang Hirit, respectively. At 11:30 a.m., PTV aired a tape-delayed Midnight Mass with reverbing audio.
Before the PTV’s move to air the Midnight Mass, GMA-7 aired this merged Midnight Mass and Urbi et Orbi message after the regular programs of Christmas Day. Concurring with Mr. Ralph Domingo’s heavy criticism on Channel 7, the move by GMA is indeed, terrible because of (1) the graveyard slot, the time where most Pinoy watchers sleep instead of tuning on the TV and (2) possible mangling the Holy Mass and the message of the Pope.
This makes PTV say, “B***H PLEASE” to GMA. When would the Protestant-leaning GMA 7 ever learn?