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News station resurrects old current affairs show

Posted on October 11, 2011

Cable network ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) has resurrected an old show and launched a new prime-time news show in its bid to keep things fresh.

A reconstituted current affairs program, Pipol, which kicked off last night, will air Mondays, 9:30 p.m. on ANC. Pipol aired on ABS-CBN’s Channel 2 for seven years until it was canceled in 2006.

Anchored by award-winning journalist Ces Oreña-Drilon, Pipol made a mark on Philippine TV’s current affairs landscape by looking into the private lives of newsmakers, from glitzy celebrities to elusive politicians and illustrious athletes.

While Pipol on Channel 2 used to feature three personalities per episode, the new version on ANC is a 30-minute program focusing on a single personality, making each episode more exhaustive, Ms. Oreña-Drilon said.

"It always helps when you get to know that person beyond the sound bites and the news item. You’ll know how that personality grew up, what makes that person tick, as well as his or her principles," Ms. Oreña-Drilon told reporters last week.

"Part of what we want to do is inspire people so when they finish watching the show, they can learn from how people led their lives," she added.

For its pilot episode last night, Ms. Oreña-Drilon featured Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, who agreed to a sit-down interview for the first time.


ANC has also launched its new prime-time newscast called Primetime on ANC. The newscast airs weeknights at 8 p.m. and is anchored by Tony Velasquez and former ABS-CBN North America Bureau correspondent Karmina Constantino.

The hour-long newscast aims to run through the day’s biggest events, as well as up-to-date news on technology and social media.

Having more than 20 years of newsgathering experience, Mr. Velasquez also hosts ANC’s technology show Future Perfect, co-anchors ANC’s afternoon newscast Top Story, and has delivered advocacy reports for ABS-CBN current affairs program Krusada.

On the other hand, Ms. Constantino served as The Filipino Channel’s newscaster on Balitang America and the weekly magazine talk program Adobo Nation.

"We will bring back good old storytelling in Primetime on ANC," Ms. Constantino told reporters. "The newscast is going to be light in delivery, but heavy in content," she added.


Meanwhile, broadcast journalist Pinky Webb joined the morning news and talk program Mornings@ANC yesterday.

With her experience as a news anchor and radio commentator, Ms. Webb wants to add more interviews and discussions on current events to the program, which reports on local and international news, technology, sports, health, trends, and entertainment.

Ms. Webb will be joining the show’s current anchors: Ron Cruz, Ginger Conejero, and Paolo Abrera.

"We want to make sureā€¦that in Mornings@ANC, we will be able to deliver the most recent stories the viewers want to know, hear, and find out," Ms. Webb told reporters.

Former ABS-CBN Australia News Bureau chief Gigi Grande, meanwhile, returns to the Philippines to co-anchor ANC’s longest running newscast, the noontime news show Dateline Philippines.

Ms. Grande, who joins TJ Manotoc on the show, told reporters, "I’m looking forward to delivering the freshest news at noon."

"As an ABS-CBN reporter and news editor for many years, I know news happens very early in the day, and we do not need to wait until evening to deliver these updates," she continued.

Mr. Manotoc, who has covered everything from sports to current events, technology to social media in his career, said that the noontime newscast has allowed him to hone his newsgathering skills through daily interviews with newsmakers.

"We’ve had breaking news on Dateline Philippines so many times, and I am proud to be able to give our viewers all those updates," he told reporters.

"As a reporter and social media enthusiast, I also want to engage our viewers more and get to know what they think about pressing issues," he added.

Lastly, ANC also announced the return of Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin, Jr. to editorial journalism via a new two-minute commentary segment called "Teditorial" that will air nightly on The World Tonight. It will feature Mr. Locsin’s perspective on current issues, and the latest news stories.

Pipol airs Mondays, 9:30 p.m., Mornings@ANC airs weekdays at 9 a.m. Primetime on ANC airs weeknights at 8 p.m. Dateline Philippines airs weekdays at noon, and The World Tonight airs weeknights at 10 p.m. ANC is Channel 27 on SkyCable. -- Jeffrey O. Valisno