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GMA News TV to convert into a Digital Platform?

GMA News TV to convert into a Digital Platform?

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  • GMA News TV to become a digital channel.
  • The Kapuso network is also planning to release a DTT device next year. 

GMA Network Incorporated is set to convert GMA News TV into a digital channel by next year.

It started 13 years ago as QTV, which was primarily featured international dramas and lifestyle programs that aimed towards women. It has become a part of the partnership between GMA Network and religious broadcaster, ZOE Broadcasting Network.

On March 18, 2007, QTV introduced a new logo which brands the network simply as Q.

It was discontinued in February 2011 in preparation for the launch of GMA News TV. Its programming now consists of news, public affairs and sports programming produced by GMA News and Public Affairs. Entertainment, lifestyle, cooking shows, talk shows, local and foreign dramas, travel, and foreign animated series were part of the lineup as well.

As soon as the network is turned into a digital channel, it is said that a big part of the news programs, produced by GMA News TV will transfer to online platforms.

As all analog channels will be switched off by 2023, channels are starting to convert to the digital platform, which includes ABS-CBN, GMA Network, UNTV, PTV, TV5, CNN Philippines, and Light Network, among others.

GMA Digital TV Device.

It has been going around that the Kapuso network is planning to release their own Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) device sometime next year. The said DTT is currently under “final testing” and is targeted to be launched at the first quarter of 2019.

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“Anong isasauli? Maninigil pa nga kami!” Ben Tulfo, not returning the 60M; claims the Deal was legal

“Anong isasauli? Maninigil pa nga kami!” Ben Tulfo, not returning the 60M; claims the Deal was legal

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  • Ben Tulfo refused to return the Php60 Million his media outlet received from an advertisement deal with the government.
  • On a Facebook post, he claimed that the deal was legal and they had papers to prove it.

Broadcaster Ben Tulfo, the brother of former Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulf0-Teo, has said that his media company will not return the Php60 million that was paid for an advertisement deal with the government.

The people demanded that his company must give back the said money as the government auditors saw a possible violation of the anti-graft law.

Image: Screengrab from BITAG July 26, 2018 Episode

Tulfo, the chief executive officer and founder of Bitag Media Unlimited, Inc. (BMUI) said on facebook dated July 26, that the company obtained the money with a legitimate contract between his Kilos Pronto program and the People’s Television (PTV), which is the government’s flagship television network.

Image: Screengrab from BITAG Live’s Facebook post

He wrote, “Anong isasauli? Maninigil pa nga kami dahil may utang pa sa’min ang principal na PTV-4 dun sa kanilang kliyente, ang DOT. Kumpleto kami sa kontrata at mga dokumento. Legal ang ginawa namin. Nai-deliver at tinrabaho namin.”

The broadcaster added that he won’t return the money even if people’s eyes turn white. “Sa mga nagsasabing isauli ang pera at hinihintay daw ang 60-M, mamuti na mga mata niyo! Wala kaming isasauli! Sa mga nagsasabing ilegal at nangulimbat kami, e’di sampahan niyo kami ng kaso, tutal nandyan naman ang COA at Ombudsman!”

The issue started in April, when Commission on Audit (COA) released their 2017 report. It was found that Teo may possibly be liable for graft after PTV 4 paid Php60 million to BMUI to air DOT advertisements. It is said that “Considering that the DOT secretary and the producer of  ‘Kilos Pronto’ are siblings, there is a possible conflict of interest, which may be a violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,”.

Teo’s lawyer Ferdinand Topacio stated that the media firm will return the payment, however, Teo did quit as tourism chief right after the announcement.

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PTV to air shows promoting Chinese history and culture

PTV to air shows promoting Chinese history and culture

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  • People’s Television Network will soon be airing Chinese language television series, documentaries, cartoons and movies that will be dubbed in Tagalog
  • The Chinese programming was announced at the inauguration of the China TV Theater at the New World Hotel, Makati City

The Philippine Government’s television channel People’s Television Network or PTV will soon air Chinese TV series, documentaries, cartoons, and movies dubbed in Tagalog.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua announced the new programming last June 13 at the New World Hotel in Makati City.

“Reform and opening up really represented a strategic move to mobilize each and every Chinese striving for his or her personal happiness, for his or her family welfare, and for his or her national development. This is known as the Chinese Dream.”

According to Zhao, it is a step for Filipinos to better understand China; the history, the culture, the people’s lives, and dreams.

“A new window is opened to millions of people in the Philippines to better understand China, its people, their long history, their rich culture, their daily lives, their endeavor, and their dreams. I would rather name the project that we launch today as ‘DreamWorks’ made in China,”

He also shared that through the movies and series to be shown on PTV, people can be informed of China’s reform and opening up in the past 40 years and how it helped the steady economic growth of the country.

Both Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and PTV General Manager Dino Apolonio expressed optimism on the partnership.

Apolonio expressed that “We need contents that challenge our minds and promote creativity and imagination. China Theater is contributing immensely in that regard. It serves as a tool for deeper understanding between our two peoples,”

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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte attacks ABS-CBN for violating anticontractualization laws; Media group adds GMA Network, CNN Philippines, TV5, PTV

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte attacks ABS-CBN for violating anticontractualization laws; Media group adds GMA Network, CNN Philippines, TV5, PTV

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  • President Rodrigo Duterte slams ABS-CBN regarding said violation of anticontractualization laws
  • Buhay Media Facebook page reacts: “hindi lang po ABS-CBN ang may illegal contractualization.”

President Rodrigo Duterte once again reprimanded ABS-CBN for allegedly engaging in contractualization and claiming some employees do not have job security despite working for the network for 10 years or more.

In a speech in Cebu last June 7, he stated “ [ABS-CBN] keeps on criticizing contractualization but their workers are all talent fee based. In some cases, it lasts as long as 10 years,

They keep on criticizing but they are apparently number one in doing it. But what can they criticize about me? Not my signature, not in a million years,”

On the other hand, Buhay Media, a Facebook page made by a group of media practitioners, responded that the illegal contractualization doesn’t only happen in the said network, but others as well such as GMA Network, CNN Philippines, TV5, and even PTV, which is a government owend television network.

“Mr. President, hindi lang po ABS-CBN ang may illegal contractualization. Pati GMA Network, CNN Philippines, TV5– maski PTV.

‘Yung iba diyan iniba lang ang tawag. From “talents” ginawang “project employees” to make it sound that they are employees when in fact, they are not.

#BuhayMedia #EndContractualization”

Aside from not having job security, among the benefits that “talents” do not enjoy are health insurance coverage and 13th month pay.

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