Big News was the first ever newscast on Philippine television. It was the primetime news broadcast of ABC in the Philippines. Aired from 1962 to 1972, and again from 1992 to 2008, it was last anchored by Cherie Mercado.

Big News
Big News logo 2008.jpg
Final titlecard of Big News in 2008
Also known asThe Big News (1962-1972, 1992-2004)
Big News (2004-2008)
GenreNews program
Live action
Created byAssociated Broadcasting Company
Directed byRosario Andres
StarringCherie Mercado
various contributors
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)English (1962–1972, 1992–2004)
Filipino (2004–2008)
Executive producer(s)Sonny Fernandez
Jackie Sierda
Running time30 minutes (1962-1972, 1992-2006)
15 minutes (2006-2008)
Production company(s)ABC News and Public Affairs
Original networkABC
Picture format480i SDTV
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • First incarnation: March 19, 1962 (1962-03-19) – September 22, 1972 (1972-09-22)
  • Second incarnation: February 21, 1992 (1992-02-21)
August 8, 2008 (2008-08-08)
Preceded byLive on 5 (1992-2004) (as hourly news-bulletin newscast)
Sentro (as evening newscast)
Followed byABC News Alert (2006-2008) (as hourly news-bulletin newscast)
(2008-2010) (as evening newscast)


The Big News, first era (1962-1972)Edit

It was originally anchored by Duds Rivera and Bong Lapira with Antonio Tecson as head of the newsroom. Lapira later left the newscast in 1967 to transfer to ABS-CBN to anchor Newsbreak aired on DZXL-TV Channel 9. He was replaced by Jose Mari Velez. The show was originally first aired in 1962, and went off the air in 1972 due to martial law, and re-aired again in 1992 (six years of post-EDSA People Power Revolution) as a revival and also as an English language newscast.

The Big News, second era (1992-2004)Edit

On February 21, 1992, as ABC returned to the airwaves, the program resumed its telecast, but this time, it was anchored by Eric Eloriaga, Tina Monzon-Palma and Kathy Tanco-Ong. Five years later, they were replaced by Anthony Pangilinan, Thelma Dumpit-Murillo and Janice Pronstroller as its new anchors. In 1999, they were replaced by Amelyn Veloso and Rod Nepomuceno as its new anchors. In 2002, Nepomuceno was replaced by Atty. Mike Toledo. Monzon-Palma went to become anchor of ABS-CBN's late night newscast The World Tonight while Eloriaga became anchor of RPN's NewsWatch, both newscast's main rivals during pre-Martial Law days.

Big News (2004-2008)Edit

On April 12, 2004, when the network reformatted most of its programs, former ABS-CBN anchor Cherie Mercado replaced Toledo and joined with Amelyn Veloso as a co-anchor and the newscast switched to Filipino in order to compete with the other networks' newscasts.

On October 2, 2006, the newscast exchanged timeslots with Sentro, the early-evening news program of the network. Mercado became the sole anchor of the program, and the length of the program was reduced to 15 minutes from the former 30.

On August 8, 2008, the program, together with Sentro aired its final broadcast and on the next day (August 9), it rebranded as TV5.


Substitute anchorsEdit


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