When GMA announced the reformat of QTV 11 to GMA News TV, viewers imagined the network was trying to mold its sub-channel into ANC.
But two things spell the dissimilarity for GMA News TV: Delivery is in Filipino and it’s still free TV.
Two of GMA’s resident reporters Ivan Mayrina and Connie Sison explained to Bulletin Entertainment how GMA News TV edges out competition. “Apart from the huge factor that the channel is still on free TV, Tagalog ang language so puwede siyang mapanood ng ale sa kalye. Unlike ANC [which caters] more to businessmen.”
“There is that intention that we want to do the show a bit informal because ‘On Call’ is about taking in callers and providing immediate solutions and recommendations to the public’s concerns so wala akong kurbata [unlike the usual formal news delivery] people are used to seeing me do.”
Turning the tables against Ivan and Connie, the press probed on the latter’s reason for moving from rival ABS-CBN to GMA. “It was the perfect time for me to leave ABS-CBN because I felt at that time there were more opportunities here for me but I will always be grateful to ABS because I started there.”
Because credibility makes and breaks news personalities, Ivan said they should always be aware of crossing the fine line that ruins their integrity.
GMA News TV starts airing Feb. 28. Other new shows on the channel include “News to Go” with Howie Severino and Kara David, “I Juander” with Susan Enriquez and Cesar Apolinario, and “Game!” with Chino Trinidad and Patricia Bermudez-Hizon.