CNN Philippines Network News

CNN Philippines Network News, (titled as CNN Philippines Network News with Pia Hontiveros for its weekday broadcasts) or simply Network News was the first flagship evening newscast of CNN Philippines. It aired seven days a week at 6:00pm PST.

CNN Philippines Network News
Also known asSolar Network News (June 18, 2012 - July 18, 2014)
Network News (July 21, 2014 - March 24, 2017)
Network News Weekend (June 13, 2015 - March 26, 2017)
Created byNine Media Corporation
Radio Philippines Network
Developed byCNN Philippines/CNN
Presented byPia Hontiveros (weeknights)
Mai Rodriguez (weekends)
Narrated byPia Hontiveros (weekenights)
Mai Rodriguez (weekends)
Theme music composerPhilip Guyler (Audio Network)
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)English
No. of episodesN/A (airs daily)
Executive producer(s)Joseph Cataan[1]
Production location(s)CNN Philippines News Studio,
Mandaluyong City
Running time60 minutes (with commercials) (Weeknights)
30 minutes (Weekends)
2 hours (special editions, weekdays)
1 hour (special edition, weekends)
Original networkCNN Philippines
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJune 18, 2012 (2012-06-18) –
March 26, 2017
Preceded byRPN NewsWatch (RPN) (June 1, 1970–October 29, 2012)
Followed byCNN Philippines News Night (Weekday Edition)
CNN Philippines Newsroom Weekend (Weekend Edition)
Related showsCNN Philippines Newsroom
CNN Philippines Balitaan

The program's 60-minute weekday broadcast was anchored by the network's chief correspondent Pia Hontiveros and a 30-minute weekend edition was anchored by Mai Rodriguez.

CNN Philippines Network News premiered on June 18, 2012 as Solar Network News and ended on March 26, 2017 after almost five years under different incarnations


As a weekday newscastEdit

The newscast was first known as Solar Network News and was launched on June 18, 2012 on Talk TV, by then aired on SBN UHF Channel 21, as a result of the formation as Solar Television Network's news and current affairs division, which in turn was brought by privatization of Radio Philippines Network (RPN-9) by Solar Entertainment. It was carried over upon the channel's rebranding as Solar News Channel in October 30, with its graphics updated on January 7, 2013.

Solar Network News was simulcasted on Radio Philippines Network (by then affiliated by Solar Entertainment-operated ETC) from October 30, 2012 until January 11, 2013 after RPN-9 ceased production of its evening newscast RPN NewsWatch due to the retrenchment of the program's production team and other employees of the privatized network. The simulcast, however, was given to Solar Nightly News (which is at the mid-evening timeslot) on January 14 onwards to allow the via satellite broadcast of American Idol season 12 to Free TV (over-the-air) viewers. The original plan was to limit the AI "via satellite" broadcast to cable viewers while RPN would continue to air the newscast at 6pm. On December 1, 2013, Solar News Channel switched its affiliation to RPN-9, making it a program at its own right.

Solar Network News dropped the Solar branding in July 21, 2014 upon the impending acquisition of Solar Television Network (which turned into Nine Media Corporation) to the ALC Group of Companies a month later, with a new titlecard and graphic introduced on August 25, 2014 following channel's rebrand to 9TV. The current incarnation was launched on March 16, 2015 in line with the launch of CNN Philippines along with a CNN-themed graphics and a revamped news studio. On March 24, 2017, CNN Philippines Network News officially ended its weeknight run.

Weekend expansionEdit

Prior to the third and final reformat, Solar News and subsequently 9News did not produce a weekend newscast except for severe weather coverage. Notable for such instance was Typhoon Hagupit (local name, Ruby) in December 2014.

On June 13, 2015, CNN Philippines Network News expanded to seven days a week, branding the weekend editions as Network News Weekend albeit in a capacity as a half-hour newscast, unlike the 1-hour weeknight edition. Roanna Jamir was the inaugural anchor while doubling her duty as Weekend Updates top of the hour presenter.

On November 29, 2015, Roanna Jamir made her final broadcast on Network News Weekend, prior to leaving the network.[2]

On December 5, 2015, CNN Philippines senior correspondent Ina Andolong replaced Roanna Jamir as the interim Saturday anchor on Network News Weekend while Nicolette Henson-Hizon and Menchu Macapagal rotated as Sunday anchor. By January 2016, Andolong consolidated the weekend chair.

As the Philippine version of New Day, a morning television show on CNN/US launched on February 15, 2016,[3] CNN Philippines newscasts updated their title cards with deep blue touch, similar in those newscasts in CNN International and revised their musical scoring. Claire Celdran replaced Mai Rodriguez to anchor the noontime edition of CNN Philippines Newsroom, while Rodriguez took over the Network News Weekend anchor chair since February 20, 2016.

Special editionsEdit

During news of urgent nature such as scheduled events, severe weather and breaking news, the weekday and weekend editions run two hours and one respectively. Notable of these instances are during the President's State of the Nation Address on an annual basis, the press conference of the then-President-elect Rodrigo Duterte that became notorious for his attitude with Mariz Umali, and more recently, the night of the impending arrest of Senator Leila de Lima. The newscast ran for nearly two hours with Senator Antonio Trillanes speaking with Pia Hontiveros.


On March 7, 2017, the network announced that it will retire the newscast as a part of its sweeping program restructuring. It was replaced by News Night with Pia Hontiveros effective March 27.[4] The network's move to retire the newscast was also partly due to viewers' complaints of retaining the Network News name despite rebranding three times.

On March 26, 2017, CNN Philippines Network News Weekend officially ended the near 5-year run of Network News.[5]

Title card used as Solar Network News since January 7, 2013 until August 22, 2014. Solar branding was dropped by July 21, 2014
Title card used since August 25, 2014 until March 13, 2015
First title card of CNN Philippines Network News, used from March 16, 2015 - February 14, 2016

Final AnchorsEdit



Former anchorsEdit


  • Roanna Jamir (June 13 to November 29, 2015)
  • Ina Andolong (Saturdays, December 5, 2015 to January 2016)
  • Nicolette Henson-Hizon (Sundays, December 6, 2015 to January 2016, alternating with Macapagal)
  • Menchu Macapagal (Sundays, December 13, 2015 to January 2016, alternating with Hizon)


  1. ^ "MNP Q&A: JOSEPH CATAAN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR 'CNN PHILIPPINES NETWORK NEWS'". Media Newser Philippines. June 16, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "First on MNP: Roanna Jamir leaving CNN Philippines". November 28, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  3. ^ "'New Day' on CNN Philippines plug from CNN Philippines Facebook page".
  4. ^ "CNN PHILIPPINES TO REPLACE 'NETWORK NEWS' WITH 'NEWS NIGHT'". Media Newser Philippines. March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "First on MNP: CNN Philippines to launch local edition of 'New Day'". February 8, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2016.