Media giant GMA Network, Inc. is said to earmark $20 million in order to complete the second phase of the company’s efforts to digitize its operations.
The converted money is over a billion-peso which is believed to boost production, post-production, content management and distribution capabilities of the broadcasting network.
GMA Network plans to upgrade its facilities in order to deliver full 4K HD while utilizing and enhancing digital terrestrial transmitters to enable its services to be viewed on digital-enabled TV sets and set-top boxes in areas such as Mega Manila, North Central Luzon, Cebu and Davao.
Post-production is equally improved with increased storage and color grading capabilities whereas New Automation System (NAS) is being implemented to advance its speed in news and information delivery through their eight shows: Unang Hirit, 24 Oras, 24 Oras Weekend, Saksi, News To Go, Balitanghali, Quick Response Team, and State of the Nation with Jessica Soho.
GMA Network chairman and chief executive officer Felipe L. Gozon said that, “All these state-of-the-art upgrades are part of GMA Network’s ongoing digitization project to bring world class programming to our viewers here and abroad.
“We are excited to unveil more innovative offerings that will not only maintain our position as the country’s leading broadcast network but will also revolutionize the TV viewing experience in the Philippines,” he added.
News TV Quick Response Team (QRT) has a new anchor.
In April 2018, QRT’s former anchor, Jiggy Manicad, announced his departure from the program as he will run for a public office as a senatorial candidate on the 2019 elections under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
Replacing him will be GMA News senior TV reporter Emil Sumangil. He has been in the broadcast industry for 17 years and is one of the network’s most senior reporters.
According to GMA Nertwork, “Sumangil is veteran of the police beat covering exclusive after exclusive of the biggest headlines of the day. From the perennial problem of congestion and drugs in our penal facilities to countless anti-crime operations, to the recent sieges of Zamboanga and Marawi, Sumangil has been at the forefront many times–giving viewers an up-close look by immersing in the conflict and plight of the personalities and regular people he covers.”
The new anchor expressed his hopes on delivering more quality stories. “We hope to give our viewers more quality stories produced through the efforts of the people in front and behind the camera,”
Sumangil has received various awards and recognition for his work including University of the Philippines Los Baños Gandingan Awards 2018 Best Field Reporter, Outstanding TV News Reporter by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Gawad Justice Felix Angelo Award by the Philippine College of Criminology Alumni Association, Inc.