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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WARNING! This article can cause some readers to get butthurt. The author does not demean his faith but to know better about the situation. Read, reflect and react cautiously.
THE TRUTH shall set us free. This is the Biblical concept that is mostly agreeable and applicable in our daily living — whether religious or not — but at the same time, we also believe in the secular philosophy about the concept of truth: it does hurt.
In this article, we will tackle and apply such aspects to two distinct television networks — IBC 13 and DBS 35 — and know the status of their whereabouts and find their common ground.
THE FILIPINO has decided; Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the apparent winner of this election and will become the 16th President of the Philippines come June 30.
Before we move on to the next chapter of Philippine history, we will look how our channels on free-to-air television progressed so far throughout the six years of the outgoing administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III. (more…)
NOT FAR FROM NOW, on June 2, a new blocktimer will enter into the indebted, bankrupt and crippled government-owned broadcaster. Asian Television Content Philippines (ATC) will start its blocktime operation with the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC 13). This will be the fifth agreed agreement and the fourth materialized blocktimer since government sequestration of 1986.
The soon-to-be-privatized, currently government-owned yet dependent network relied much to block timers to alleviate capital deficiency and to get a significant slice on the audience share. According to the broadcaster’s financial statements, which can be downloadable on the Commission on Audit website, in calendar year 2012, Channel 13 incurred PHP 655 million in capital deficiency, improved from PHP 698 million in the audited financial position as of 2011.
Nonetheless, the politically-motivated social media scholars (PMSMS) paid no attention to the said channel’s major turn off the masses’ viewing assessment, as part of the truth, while the Philippine TV monitors, initiated by the author-admin of this blog, commenced the clamor since last year.