Another year has come and gone, but before we enter the sweet 2016, the Turf looks back on the rollercoaster moments of TV5.
AniMEGA comeback (January 24). Die-hard anime fans who are keyboard warriors have answered their pleas over the Anime’s “El Niño” of 2014 on that day; it initially aired in the weekend morning.
Different platform, one common trouble. Two programs on News5 aired on different platforms of the network for the year. The first is the digital series, Kontrabando, a news satire and free-to-air weekly game show series, Barangay Utakan. However, one of the common presenters of the said new shows, Ramon Bautista, was under fire for hypocrisy (i.e. criticizing the presidential candidate then but later endorsing him on a music video.)
AksyonTV’s changing format (May onwards). Since May, Aksyon TV decided to allocate their airtime to Shop Japan. This surprise strategy remained with the introduction of Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) and Filsports Basketball Assocation (from PTV). That said made Channel 41 unreliable to cover the APEC Summit last November.
Remade but not originally aired (May 18 and September 14). TV5 made the remakes of two K-Drama’s “The Baker King” and “My Fair Lady” from those respective premiere dates. However, the network did not air their dubbed, original Koreanovelas as the former belonged to GMA and the latter to ABS-CBN.
Old friendship on a new joint (June 14). Two months prior to that date, Janno Gibbs finally took a bow from GMA 7 for three decades in order to join his old friend, Ogie Alcasid. On that day, Happy Truck ng Bayan acts a response to ASAP 20 and Sunday All Stars. However, it is not aired live but recorded the day before, giving the certain and obvious factor of the truck travel and the coverage constraint.
Hi-5, Philippines! (June 15). The 1999 Australian children’s show approved the first full franchise in Southeast Asia and got a go signal to air, beginning on that day. It currently airs every day: twice per weekday and once each weekend.
What a Wet, Wonderful Weekend! Throughout the rainy season, TV5 made shows with diverse genres ranging to kid-friendly with a techie twist (LolaBasyang.com) to comedic horror (ParangNormal Activity) (both on Saturdays). Not to forget, Kano Luvs Pinay, on Sundays, made into the small screens.
Hallyu heartbreak… not once but twice (August 1). KIS Pinoy broke the hearts of K-Pop fans for the second time under a new venture on TV5. The first venture under PTV last year was not fully materialized due to misunderstanding with the network and obvious programming priority. Originally aired on Saturday night and hosted by Richard Gutierrez, the said talent show aired only three episodes from July 11-25 until YU&IQ International, the producer of the program, on that day over Facebook, decided to cease production due to financial difficulties.
Give it to me, I’m worth it! (October 5). Bloomberg finally ink the deal with TV5 for a local franchise on March 25. On that day, Bloomberg TV Philippines was launched as the first business news channel round-the-clock but the second global network to set a localized channel. This channel gave amazing insights on the APEC Summit, while dismaying the network’s other channels.
New entertainment head (October 14). VIVA Entertainment’s CEO, Vic Del Rosario replaced Wilma Galvante as the chief strategist for entertainment.
Reviving the blow (December 13). After 15 years off the air from IBC under Vintage Enterprises, on that day, Blow by Blow is currently hosted by Manny Pacquiao, one of its featured homegrown boxers. However, objections were raised over his hosting but the answer is clear that this presentation will not breach his exclusive contract on GMA.
- Lee O’Brian (Kano Luvs Pinay)
- Aira Binas, Alex Reyes, Rissey Reyes, Gerard Pagunsan, Fred Lo (Hi-5 Philippines)
Janno Gibbs from GMA
Atty. Rod Nepomuceno from 9TV
Outlook for 2016
This New Year will be very hectic for TV5 on both news and sports division. On News5, their division’s “Bilang Pilipino” has disseminated through programs such as “Politics for Beginners” and reviving B.A.Y.A.W. (starring Jun “Bayaw” Sabayton) election fillers on its plugs.
On Sports5, they have the official broadcast rights to cover the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following the Gilas Pilipinas’ qualification after losing to China in the finals on FIBA Asia Championship in the latter’s city of Changsha, the bidding and hosting of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament for men’s basketball will be committed to air live.
Specifically on January, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will begin to cover under the new broadcast rights on this network that will aid their dormant sports channel, Hyper.
With the new entertainment strategist, their responsibility center would be easy to deliver but it would be rather be difficult to materialize.