DBS 35 shelves relaunch, considers buying IBC 13

It seems that DBS’s Plan A has been abandoned but they have a Plan B.

According to an insider, Delta Broadcasting System (DBS) Inc. finally conceded Friday their task to revive their own channel on UHF channel 35 by shelving their regular test broadcasts since July last year.

“After 8 or 9 months, the electronic communications engineers and first-class radio-telephone operators assessed to us from the Antipolo transmitter that our test broadcasts are too adverse to be received in the Metro and nearby provinces,” Bro. Ryan America said.

One of its staunchest critics, whose name is redacted, was finally relieved from this decision to shelve after breaking their promises to relaunch on specific dates since 2013.

However, no hope is lost for the technical staff as they consider acquiring Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) 13, their parent broadcaster for almost 25 years.

Naalala ko na kawawa pala ang Channel 13 sa lahat ng aspeto (I remember that Channel 13 is pitiful in all aspects),” he added “recently, I heard na nawalan ng signal ang (they lost their signal on) IBC 13 for the past few weeks.”

Delegated by the owners, Bro. America is currently perusing the proposal and position to best out among five other contesting bidders for the long-overdue privatization game.

Mocha’s radio show gets suspended over insult vs. VP Leni

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Mocha Uson faced suspension over her remarks against Vice President Leni Robredo last Sunday on her radio show on DZRH.

REAP what you show, este, sow.

Social media mavens heed this advice to Mocha Uson after her radio-TV program last Sunday (March 18) on DZRH was suspended for her malicious comment against Vice President Leni Robredo.

The 34-year-old entertainer turned apologist-propagandist of President Rodrigo Duterte and recently, an MTRCB board member berated the second highest official — as she does habitually over social media — on her eponymous weekly commentary show.

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jozy Acosta-Nisperos, head of the civil society group The Silent Majority — which supported the Roxas-Robredo campaign last year, filed the complaint. The group pointed out in a formal letter that Uson went out of bound of decency.

The correspondence excerpted her red-handed remark:

“’Kasi nga sinungaling ka at fake news ka… Huwag mong araw-arawin ang katangahan mo! Expletive (bleeped out)… Bumili ka ng utak! … Nakakahawa na yang katangahan mo … Sobra lang talagang nakakagalit ang kabobohan ng babae na to…’ ” (You are a liar and a bearer of fake news. Don’t share your stupidity every day! Buy a brain! Your stupidity is infectious. It made me irritated over her stupidity.)

In addition, Uson again attacked the mainstream media as “presstitutes” because they care about “getting paid rather than contributing positively to the country.”

The letter pointed out the 2007 Broadcast Code of the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) that Uson is liable for violating certain provisions, particularly Article 2: Analysis and Commentaries.

“Sec. 2. Public affairs programs and commentaries shall be handled only by persons who have thorough knowledge of and practice broadcast ethics.

“Sec. 4. Public affairs programs shall strive to elicit responsible views on public issues, concerns and events from all sectors of society.

Uson’s timing to berate her was in response of her video message on the ‘palit-ulo’ scheme during the running war on drugs that will be presented to the United Nations and in the light of filing an impeachment case against President Duterte by Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano. His case focused on corruption, betrayal of public trust and treason, where the latter has a recent emphasis over Benham Rise in the eastern seaboard of Luzon where he persistently downplay the maritime case to ease ties with its hegemonic claimant and rival, China.

Vice President Robredo, despite her criticism, repeatedly denied the plans to oust him as a form of “destabilization plot.”

That being said, Uson should realize her mistake before she will make the Elizalde ancestors spin in their graves if she does it again. Then, how can we teach her a lesson if she’ll rant over back in her comfort zone to serve her suspension?

As Ymman Jake Biaco thought, it would be humiliated if their owner, Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC), and their staff were called out by the KBP (since one of them is in heading the association) and they might impose a heavy sanction over this issue — though not necessarily a revocation of membership.


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Philippines’ Next Top Model to strut, impress on TV5

Twelve (12) ladies will strut their way on the catwalk but only one will become the Philippines’ Next Top Model on its new home on TV5.

TONIGHT at 8:15 p.m., the spotlight search will be finally on for the new cycle (“season”) of Philippines’ Next Top Model.
The upcoming season – subtitled as the Philippines Next Top Model: High Street – will mark the return of our local Next Top Model franchise after a decade on its new home on TV5 as part of the network’s “Choose Courage” campaign.
Hosted and heading the panel of judges by Maggie Wilson, twelve (12) aspirants were chosen through walk-in and online auditions last year as they will be tried and tested in the catwalk to impress the other members of the panel, including model-mentor Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza, Rainer Dagala and Rafael Keifer.
The twelve contestants are as follows:
  • Adela Marshall: 19, Makati City (5’9″)
  • Aivie Phan: 21, Muntinlupa City (5’6″)
  • Angela Lehmann: 25, Makati City (5’8″)
  • Blaise Buendia: 20, Manila (5’7″)
  • Ina Guerrero: 23, Daraga, Albay (5’8″)
  • Jan Villanueva: 24, Norzagaray, Bulacan (5’9″)
  • Janelle Olafson: 26, Manila (5’7″)
  • Janilyn Medina: 20, Quezon City (5’5″)
  • Kim Valies: 21, Bacolod (5’8″)
  • Petche Anne Vale: 20, Tagbilaran, Bohol (5’9″)
  • Sarah Edwards: 23, Angeles City (5’7″)
  • Shekie Quah: 23, Binan, Laguna (5’7″)
This new edition will premiere exactly 10 years after their inaugural season this month. At that time, it was aired on RPN 9 under Ruffa Gutierrez where Grendel Alvarado bested as the top winner among the 14 contenders. Their international destination was in Victoria, Hong Kong.

The second franchise under Solar was supposed to be aired in 2012 but it was cancelled after a year due to production delays.

There was a plan that was announced in 2012 called Top Model Philippines by ETC. VJ Sarah Meier-Albano would’ve hosted and headed the panel of judges. Sean Armenta (model-turned-photographer) and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo (model mentor) would’ve composed in the panel. Former America’s Next Top Model producer Michael Carandang would’ve been the Creative Director for photo shoots and their international destination would’ve been in London. A year later, the Solar Entertainment management, owner of the ETC channel, decided to suspend the production of the show, citing delays and timing concerns that led to eventual cancellation.
That said, it’s safe to say that the upcoming edition on its new home on VHF will officially be counted as the second season of the series. Given the constant skepticism and criticism within their programming grid, would this new incarnation stand firm and impress the critics?
PNTM: High Street airs every Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. on TV5, right after Supergirl.


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Wish FM’s YouTube channel reaches 1 million subs

[This post is dedicated to radiophile birthday celebrant, MC “Cool Mac” Capulong.]

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Wish FM 107.5 made a distinguishing milestone of FM radio. Their YouTube channel reached 1 million subscribers yesterday, March 15.

WISH FM 107.5 (DWNU-FM) heralded a distinctive achievement that has never done before; their YouTube channel has reached the 1 million subscribers mark.

Their YouTube channel contains mostly performances from local artists showcasing their original compositions and/or covers of all-time hits on the mobile radio booth fittingly called the “Wish FM Bus,” since 2014, although several foreign acts performed there. One example of them was The Moffatts, with their famous signature song, “I’ll Be There for You” were able to draw its Batang 90s fans on both sides prior to their leg of the Farewell Concert tour three weeks ago.

The said remote “Wischlusive” performances are part of their radio program “The Roadshow,” which can be seen on “Wish 107.5 TV” on UNTV 37, weekdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Who would’ve thought an underdog in the FM band achieve such an accomplishment?

Are they loyal listeners? Well, maybe.

Fans? Pwede.

What about radiophiles? Pwede rin.

However, the other sector that helped them achieve that goal is the outsiders. No, they’re not necessarily those who are outside of the bus but those YouTube channels, outside of the country, with their chock-full of reaction videos.

Despite the religious ownership and its slant like those in their TV counterpart and like their rival religious groups, they prioritize innovation.

The mobile radio booth is not a new concept for them as their sister AM radio — Radyo La Verdad 1530 kHz (DWUN-AM) — began rolling around two years prior. Vehicles aside, the FM station also acquired Orban 8500 audio processor to create a consistent and clean sound output and high-definition cameras to capture their glorious 1080p visual output of Wishclusive performances.

Although the Turf would not intentionally wanted to condescend competitors, it seems mainstream FM radio stations will be jealous and envious to this news.

Nevertheless and despite the differences, Timow’s Turf congratulates the personnel behind Wish FM for reaching such an attainment. To God be the Glory!


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Thoughts on Madam Secretary’s new episode

[This post is dedicated to Kevin Trinidad who is in Singapore and to all the women readers as today’s International Women’s Day.]

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BEFORE GOING TOO FAR. President Datu Andrada (Joel de la Fuente) and US Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord made an intimate call. Initially, she thought it lightly before hitting him back when he goes too far with the uncomfortable innuendos. This scene was made controversial in the embassy in Washington and the Palace because of the similarities with the real President.

THIS SUNDAY night in the United States — Monday morning here in the Philippines — CBS political thriller Madam Secretary will air a fresh episode but one of its scenes will be provocative.

The synopsis of the series, now on its third season, focuses on testing the waters of countries with diplomatic relations of America, led by Téa Leoni as US Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord.

In our television sphere, Madam Secretary currently holds rights on its second season on both 2nd Avenue on RJTV 29 and Sony Entertainment Television on cable.

In the clip of the new episode, titled “Break in Diplomacy” (s3e15), the lecherous yet fictitious Philippine President Datu Andrada (portrayed by Joel de la Fuente) is alone with the Secretary in a room similar to one in Malacañang. The diplomat initially laughs off at uncomfortable advances from the leader of an important treaty ally but when he quips too far, she snaps, punches him on the face and leaves him a bloodied nose.

With that description, the Philippine embassy in Washington cried foul and the Palace condemned it because the fictitious President was embodied into the actual President, Rodrigo Duterte. The fanatics would backlash this act, would call the show’s cast and producers with persona non grata and would demand an apology.

However, that’s not the only case of national outrage over an American TV series, remember that episode of Desperate Housewives (ABC) regarding the qualification and quality of our country’s medical degrees eight years ago?

For there are people who are fumed, others refute or don’t mind at all.

The President’s harshest critics in social media will feast — have their field day — over the episode and will treat it as a keepsake. Some remarks would say that “art imitates life” and “truth hurts.” A common advice would be given to the complaining bandwagon to take it with a “grain of salt”iodized salt that is.

Perhaps, for principled women who are celebrating their universal day today, a lesson behind the episode can be learned from that clip: “Misogyny should have no place in this world, especially in politics.”

Once this current season ends in May, it’s up to the cable channels if this episode will be accepted if they secure the broadcast rights on that season for the viewers who missed or wanted to watch this series.


P.S.: To Mr. Sunday, instead of nagging your favorite day over Twitter, why not watch that episode and make a judgment out of it?


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Should the Philippines impose a license fee like the BBC?

[WRITER’S WARNING: This post may not be suitable for readers who have lack of certain academic merits and may cause political tensions. Serious yet friendly discussion is advised. Dedicated to Jerick Ilagan, John Rodrigo Diaz Valdez, Adrian Conoza and George Boone.]

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is recognizable and reputable throughout the world but for the Brits’ point of view, it’s their public broadcaster and they pay for it to sustain through an annual fixed fee.

THE BBC in the United Kingdom will impose a hike after seven years of license fee freeze from £145.50 (~₱ 8,990) to £147 (~₱ 9,080), beginning April 1. Such fees from households will be used to sustain their public broadcaster. This iteration also applies to the rest of Europe. However, can you imagine if the Filipino households hold the same when it debuts? Time to share the Turf’s thought.

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Philippine TV’s Seven Deadly Sins

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Today is ASH WEDNESDAY, the first day of the penitential season of Lent.

For the simple yet observant faithful, it’s the opening salvo of the season of giving up luxuries, fasting and abstinence from meat (save fish and seafood). For the very pious, it’s also the heralding period to line up for confession and to seek repentance and reparation from such transgressions.

In the spirit, Timow’s Turf will tackle on this topic — the seven deadly sins — and how will it intertwine with the current situation on our television landscape.

The deadly or cardinal sins were inspired loosely from the Scriptures: Book of Proverbs (6:16-19) in the Old Testament and St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (5:19-21) in the New; Pope Gregory I codified the standard seven in AD 590.

For each sin, one or two network/s is leading and certain reasons are given why they’re qualified. However, some definitions of each vice are not to be taken solely from the ordinary dictionary’s interpretation but on spiritual reasoning as well.

Jump in for each revelation.

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Light Network leaves analog TV for good

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DTV UNDERDOG. Who would’ve known that Light Network (channel 33) is an unexpected network to pull the digital lever tonight?

FEBRUARY is not the only thing that will be over tonight, as one network will pull the plug on analog transmission for good.

No, it’s not from the VHF but from a sectarian UHF entity.

No, it’s not from Iglesia ni Cristo — with their two channels (NET 25 and INC TV 49) — that initially test digital television broadcasts in the late 2000s that are still under test broadcasts.

It’s actually Light Network, owned by Jesus is Lord Church founder and leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva, that will be the first to bid farewell to analog reception on Channel 33.

This move occurred in the midst of the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) Digital TV Summit held two weeks ago in Novotel Manila, Quezon City.

Led by Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, the nationwide DTV transition will be completed in 2023 — extending the deadline by three years — with at least 95% of households (about 18 million) with DTV access. During the summit, the adoption of ISDB-T standard is reaffirmed.

Thie digital switch-off will not affect the joint venture with GMA Network, Inc. on GMA News TV Channel 11, who turned six years old today, as the colossal network from Kamuning will begin rolling their DTV testing by 4th quarter this year with an allocation of P 416 million.

Unknown to the boardroom in Strata 2000, the digital channel under the same frequency can be split into eight or 12 subchannels with two slots reserved for the main fixture channel and 1seg version for mobile devices. The Turf believed the potentials with the remaining slots; first, for reviving UniversiTV — though it wouldn’t be materialized — and second, setting up their Christian music video channel.

Despite this, it’s a boon for Villanueva to comply diligently and silently but a bane for the long-time business partner, Atty. Felipe Gozon, whose venture consistently swallowed their excessive pride.

For Bro. Mike Velarde, his rival on Channel 11 back in the 90s, never mind.


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Is AksyonTV becoming TV5’s News TV and S+A?

AksyonTV turns 6 years old today but quickly erodes its standing purpose.

AksyonTV turns 6 years old today but it quickly erodes its initial purpose.

SIX YEARS ago today, while viewers are awaiting for GMA News TV’s launch, TV5 jumped in unannounced over Channel 41; AksyonTV, the first news channel on free TV, was born.

They used to air round the clock as a slap of Channel 11’s broken promises to live their mantra, “Oras-oras, alam ko” but karma struck back in 2013 due to cost-cutting measures by the management as well as NTC’s rules and regulations for affiliated free-to-air TV stations.

The identity crisis

The era of being a homogeneous news channel began its decline when AKTV on IBC ended on May 31, 2013 by carrying over their committed sportscasts as they also covered the Sochi Winter Olympics a year after.

Recently, News5’s public affairs programs airing on AksyonTV became merely reruns with no motive to create new episodes. Since last year, EZ Shop and Shop Japan joined in the diversification of programming portfolio to lessen their lameness.

During the seven-month-old Duterte administration where long Senate probes and/or Presidential activities (Palace press conferences and speaking engagements) bear weight in shaping the public’s skeptical psyche, the channel didn’t move a muscle and caught the attention of the Turf‘s neighboring blog, From the Tube.

Ralph redressed their grievances and formulated proposals. However, when the priority Congressional hearings resume, they were abruptly cut — much to his ever-growing dismay — due to the simulcast of Raffy Tulfo’s Wanted sa Radyo on 92.3 News FM. Despite the radio show’s demanding popularity, he dubbed the Tulfo brother as the “Kris Aquino of Radio“.

Recently, Supernatural and Arrow reruns from TV5 eventually satisfied one of his demands as their main channel was too irresistible in covering the ongoing PBA’s Philippine Cup playoffs. But then, the PHTV Group forum founded out that move to be a hodgepodge rival to ABS-CBN’s S+A and News TV.

That said, AksyonTV’s initial purpose was defeated and was lopsided, leaving CNN Philippines (if you are in the free-to-air territory) and ABS-CBN News Channel victorious. 

What comes next for AksyonTV is now in Miguel Belmonte’s manual intervention.


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On Presidential Spotlight and IBC 13’s Lackluster Simulcast

This 2017, IBC 13 barely simulcast any Presidential activities.

This 2017, IBC 13 barely simulcast any Presidential activities. Could this be a sign of long overdue privatization?

THE TURF’s neighboring blog, From the Tube, published last Wednesday about the priority spotlight of the Presidency that disrupts the other supposed co-equal branch of Government, specifically the legislative (i.e. Congress). It did in few instances since last September.

The article was published as part of the 30th anniversary of our Constitution last week. That’s the same organic document President Duterte wanted to be revised mostly or replaced entirely from the unitary internal governance to federal. But then, Ralph would say, “It’s unintentional.”

Looking deeper, despite being 1/3 of the supposed independent and co-equal branches of government, we perceived the Presidency to be powerful or nearly absolute. Perhaps, contemporary history did establish that permanent notion — the most expansive inherited from Marcos. That said, the concept of checks and balances explicitly enshrined in the supreme law is good on paper.

On that piece, the YouTube streaming links to elected branches of government are provided. Unknowingly, such streams are used by die-hard fanatics to make a spin against their critics (read: enemies of change) through devising a sensationalized title and abusing the custom thumbnail and upload them as their own for raking and training in gullible netizens.

For seven months now, we’re familiar and enduring with the President’s profanity-laced and off-scripted remarks that are integrated within his engagements ranging from afternoon to midnight and the audience applauded and laughed over it without thinking too deeply and swarm their unconditional loyalty over the Facebook comment section.

Online streaming reactions and analysis aside, this also bothered the Turf about a particular progress of a still state-owned media outlet.

PTV doesn’t need further explanation as they’re the paragon of the unpredictable presidential priority for 43 years. Her sister, IBC, no longer simulcast his engagements recently as they go with their lousy home shopping programming either from EZ Shop or Shop TV (formerly Value Vision). It puzzled much if the privatization process is completed or not without any notice. One thing’s for sure, it’s the cost — aside from unpredictability — of simulcast that became the motivating factor after realizing the lackluster financial standing and performance in Old Balara.

Like Visayas Avenue’s news department, News Team 13 favors the President no matter what criticisms are thrown with an abysmal newscasting minutiae: no live reports, no phone patches, no virtual broadcast design/graphic. No wonder IBC’s always behind on news delivery and social media reach; it’s unsurprising why it’s snubbed from the public’s psyche and forum. Perhaps, that’s the reason why Media Newser Philippines never mentioned anything from them.

When it comes to digital television transition (DTT), the Turf barely heard PTV’s progress — save the roll-out with the partnership of Japan’s NEC but for Channel 13, it’s a totally lost cause. The Broadcast City case is already mentioned here last August that doesn’t need any reiteration.

In the era where alternative facts reign, pro-administration trolls and blind supporters have been enjoying their field day but for most of us including fence sitters awaiting their realization of collapse to complain, what a time to be alive.


“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” 

~Napoleon Bonaparte


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