Veteran journalist Jessica Soho has retired from her post as the first vice president for news programs of GMA Network Inc, after being appointed to the position just last year.
She will, however, remain to be a Kapuso. With her retirement as GMA executive, Soho will now focus on newsmaking. She will continue to host her award-winning news magazine programs Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho on GMA-7 and Brigada on GMA News TV, and anchor the nightly news show State of the Nation on GMA News TV.
“I can never thank the network enough for everything it has given me and my family. I especially thank all my mentors – my bosses and cameramen in our old newsroom as well as my colleagues now – fellow managers, producers, reporters, talents and crews for the opportunity to lead them. It has been a great honor and privilege working with the best in the industry,” Jessica said.
“Although I am retired from my position, I will always be a proud member of GMA News and Public Affairs, “ she added.
Soho served all 30 years of her journalism career with the Kapuso network. She started out as a news reporter in the 1980s until she rose to become a production news manager in 2000, acting news director in 2002, vice president for news in 2004, vice president for news programs in 2008, until she was promoted as first vice president for news programs in 2013.
It was under her watch when GMA News launched its primetime newscast, 24 Oras, a program that provided stiff competition to the long-running TV Patrol from rival network ABS-CBN.
Soho said she is "most proud of the fact" that the credibility of GMA News "became even stronger" under her leadership.
GMA-7 has yet to announce Soho's replacement.
This is the latest in movements in the newsroom and the boardroom of the broadcasting giant.
In April, prizewinning journalist Howie Severino stepped down as GMA-7's vice president for multimedia journalism and editor in chief of GMA News Online. He was later appointed as vice president for professional development.
In June, GMA announced it was selling 30% of the company to the billionaire chief of San Miguel Corporation, Ramon Ang.
The deal with Ang came after years of failed negotiations between GMA and the group of businessman Manuel Pangilinan.