[This post is dedicated to James Ty III and current and potential sportswriters.]
ACCORDING TO JAMES TY III, PTV Sports will air after News@6 on People’s Television Network at 7:00 p.m. beginning Monday, November 3. This move may have followed the likes of 9TV’s Sports Desk and ABS-CBN Sports and Action’s The Score after their Nightly News and News+ respectively but it retains the title of being the “Earliest and Oldest Running Sports News Program of Free Philippine TV.”
Looking in to broadcast history, PTV Sports ran its first edition in 2006 as Teledyaryo Sports under then the National Broadcasting Network (NBN) brand. Snow Badua hosts the said sports news show with Dennis Principe, Meg Siozon and Nicole Ramos. The show is currently simulcast on DZSR “Sports Radio” 918 AM. This program also marks the first time the use of social media in order to increase viewers’ involvement.
Non-studio specials of PTV Sports happen twice a year: First, during the Palarong Pambansa in May and second, a Year Ender Special in December. However, the sports program does not air everyday due to special coverage, especially of national importance such as the State of the Nation Address and several observant holidays such as Holy Week and Christmas.
Before the imminent move next week, it currently airs every weekday at 5:00 p.m. where the broadcast (both television and radio) programming holds good due to counter-programming and time-slot strategy. To expound further, the television show is normally catered for male audience who resisted commercial networks that air local and foreign dramas, which is normally suitable for females. On radio, it serves not for the sake of demographics but acts as a reliever of impatient drivers during rush hour, particularly in the struggling and congesting Metro Manila area.
With the coming change of schedule, what will happen to the 5 p.m. timeslot come November? “Oh Ja Ryong is Coming” may replace the hour-long program as a trailer of the Koreanovela was once sighted by the Turf on the said channel – a sign of increasing the probability of airing the program from doubt by critics and observers.
Regardless of the questionable promise of new foreign entertainment program’s broadcast come the new month, PTV Sports remains one of the two most viewed programs of the government station after the daily 15-minute PCSO Lotto Draw.
Have a safe trip this Undas!
[Photo courtesy of Snow Badua’s Google+ account]