9TV (formerly branded as Solar News Channel) was a major commercial television network in the Philippines. It is owned by Nine Media Corporation, Nine Media has an airtime agreement as the main content provider of Radio Philippines Network. 9TV is the replacement of the Solar News Channel who have been retired the "Solar" branding. Broadcasting 18 hours daily from 6:00 AM to 12:00 MN on free TV, while 24 hours a day on cable and satellite TV providers and thru live streaming.
|Type||Broadcast commercial television network|
|Founded||August 23, 2014|
|Slogan||Information. Inspiration. Integrity.|
|Owner||Nine Media Corporation|
|Amb. Antonio L.C. Chua (Chairman, Radio Philippines Network) |
Jing Magsaysay (Senior Vice President)
Pal Marquez (Vice President for News and Current Affairs)
Robert T. Rivera (President & CEO, Radio Philippines Network)
|August 23, 2014|
|Dissolved||March 15, 2015|
|Talk TV (March 2, 2011 – October 29, 2012) |
Solar News Channel (October 30, 2012 – August 22, 2014)
|19 (UHF) (Digital test broadcast)|
|NTSC 480i (SDTV)|
|Affiliation||Radio Philippines Network (34%)|
| (redirected to CNNPhilippines.com until June 2015)|
Filipino (secondary), Cebuano, Kapampangan (secondary)
|Replaced by||CNN Philippines|
Most of its live programming of the network are from the main studios located at Upper Ground Floor of the Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard corner Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in Mandaluyong City with transmitter at No. 97, Panay Avenue, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City.
The channel ceased on air on March 15, 2015 and it was replaced by CNN Philippines on March 16, 2015.
9TV was launched on August 23, 2014 at 12:00am as a replacement for Solar News Channel. Its first show as 9TV was the replay of Nightly News. Solar News, the network's news arm was rebranded as 9News. The rebranding of the network came after Antonio Cabangon Chua's acquisition of Tieng's share of both STVNI (which turned into Nine Media Corporation) and RPN to ALC Group of Companies due to the Tieng's loss of revenue after investing on RPN.
The newscasts, current affairs programs and public service programs carried from the SNC format and the personnel was retained. It is also beefed up their weekend programming including cartoons, infotainment programs, reality, and infomercials to cater more viewers.
As part of transition to CNN Philippines, 9TV temporarily used green screen as their news studio while their main newsroom and studio is under renovation in December 2014 and 9TV newscasts and current affairs programs began adopting CNN-themed graphics a week later (January 15, 2015). Some non-CNN programming (NBC and CBS shows), as well as Home Shopping Network (now Shop TV) and Kids Weekend (now currently CNN Philippines Junior) block was axed in the coming months.