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Network War Still On

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In my most recent column piece  (Towering No More) I mentioned that one of the fall out of the non-renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise is the eventual demise of the so-called network war. 

For the millions of the viewing public, the lack of stiff competition with GMA 7 providing comfort, it would mean a sheer acceptance of the programs being dished out by the top television network. 

Well, I guess I spoke too soon!

Jumping to the other side of the fence is Cathy Yap Yang. Not in GMA 7 but to TV5 based on a news site, Bilyonaryo tweet.

This answers the question of ANC viewers on the continuing absence of Cathy in her Market Edge morning show, The Boss and Business Nightly, several days after the ABS-CBN franchise was not renewed and the pronouncement of the management to start releasing of not a few of their existing talents.  

Cathy as reported will be in charged of the corporate relations group of businessman industrialist Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP), which is currently being handled by Mike Toledo. For the former Palace spin doctor, Toledo will concentrate on the government accounts.

I don’t believe Cathy’s role will be confined only on the corporate relations groups. If my hunch is right, there will be changes in the TV5 programming. Call it an overhaul with more focus on the business content of the networks programming if these are all true. Taking into consideration the expanse of the businesses of MVP and the Salim-group and of course, business features and reportage are Cathy’s "comfort zone", so to speak. 

It’s a pity that Rico Hizon's return to the local TV network  was a bit muted because he came on board at the height of the lockdown that only very few noticed it. 

Somebody told me if it weren’t for the ECQ and COVID-19, CNN Philippines was preparing for a gathering to welcome Rico, who has been based in Singapore working for BBC.

If this is not a coincidence, what do you think it is then?

Rico is a director for news content development at CNN here. The plan was to pit Rico’s Final Word program every night (Mondays to Fridays) with Cathy’s Business Nightly. Both programs are aired at the same time, 9 p.m.

Cathy, who was managing editor of ANC, has “The Boss,” where she discussed with corporate chief executive officers and country leaders ways of doing business and other developing issues aired once week.

On the other hand, Rico's program “The Exchange,” which is basically rooted on the emerging stock market stories, also, once a week is a worthy opponent, if we refer this to a quasi network war.

Can you fill me in on what’s the next move? If you ask me, I will go with my gut feel that changes in programming and coverage in TV5 loom. Exciting in times of COVID-19, right? 

Takes you on the edge of your seats. Like we’re watching Crush Landing On You series. In tagalog: “Abangan ang susunod na kabanata!”

Meantime, in the political front.. Since he became a lawmaker and the country’s top diplomat, it was the first time, I fully agree with House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano this is not the right time to dance the “cha-cha!.”
From the tone of his voice during a television interview, one can sense the honest conviction of the House Speaker to not to entertain charter change as part of the priority program of the 18th Congress because of other more  "pressing" legislative measures.

Yeah right! 

This is it for now. Ciao!

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