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24 Oras Bikol, formerly Baretang Bikol is a Philippine television newscast show broadcast by GMA Bicol. It premiered on September 17, 2012 replacing Bicolandia Isyu Ngonian.[1][2] It was simulcasted in TV-12 Legazpi, TV-8 Daet, TV-2 Sorsogon, TV-7 Masbate and TV-13 Catanduanes. The newscast concluded on April 24, 2015.

24 Oras Bikol
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Also known asBaretang Bikol
Directed byJulius Lilao
Presented byElmer Caseres
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)Bicolano
Running time30-45 minutes
Production company(s)GMA News and Public Affairs
Original networkGMA Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 17, 2012 (2012-09-17) –
April 24, 2015 (2015-04-24)
Preceded byBicolandia Isyu Ngonian



2010-2012: Pre-launchEdit

Prior to the launch of the newscast, GMA Bicol aired Flash Bulletin, a daily news bulletin program aired several times from Monday to Friday from September 10, 2010 in order to provide local news, significantly during the Peñafrancia Festival.[3] It was followed by the launch of another daily program, Isyu Ngonian on November 22 of the same year.

2012-2014: As Baretang BikolEdit

The newscast was launched on September 17, 2012, several weeks after the launch of GMA Bicol as an originating station, and expanded its coverage to the entire Bicol region. Its main anchor, Elmer Caseles, used to anchor the two preceding programs of the regional station.

2014-2015: As 24 Oras BikolEdit

Following changes in now-main newscast 24 Oras, Baretang Bikol was rebranded as 24 Oras Bikol since November 10, 2014.[4] However, the newscast was suddenly got cancelled after more than two years of broadcast (opposite GMA Ilocos' 24 Oras Ilokano, formerly Balitang Ilokano, which aired in June 2012) due to the strategic streamlining happened to all provincial stations of the network. Following the cancellation was the retrenchment of its staff and personalities and the closure of the network's regional news department.[5]

Area of CoverageEdit

Final AnchorEdit

Final Field ReportersEdit

  • Avril Daja
  • Mark Bongat
  • Kaye Botastas
  • Chariza Pagtalunan
  • Michelle Chua
  • Maila Aycocho
  • Michael Biando

Former Field ReportersEdit

  • Michael Jaucian


  1. ^ "GMA Network boosts Luzon viewership, opens Ilocos and Bicol stations". Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  2. ^ "GMA-7 launches originating station in Bicol; Kapuso Day will take place this Sunday in Legazpi". Philippine Entertainment Portal ( August 9, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ GMA News and Public Affairs announces big changes in news lineup
  5. ^ GMA-7 lays off workers in regional stations

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