GMA News TV

GMA News TV (GNTV; visually rendered in its logo in all capital letters as GMA NEWS TV) is a Philippine free-to-air television network owned by Citynet Network Marketing and Productions Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of GMA Network, Inc. Launched on February 28, 2011, GMA News TV is formerly the second television network joint-ventured between ZOE and GMA after its predecessor QTV, which in turn was launched in 2005; and fifth overall secondary television brand of GMA Network since 1995. Its flagship station is DWDB-TV Channel 27, a frequency which was fully owned by GMA Network which previously used as a digital test broadcast of the network and formerly broadcasting as Citynet Television, and it is beamed through provincial relay stations run by GMA Network. The network produces programmes from studios located at the GMA Network Center, EDSA corner Timog Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. The network's primary transmitter facility is located at the GMA Tower of Power site, Tandang Sora, Barangay Culiat, Quezon City. GMA News TV operates daily from 5:30 AM to 12:00 MN.

GMA News TV
TypeFree-to-air television network
BrandingGMA News TV
Country
Philippines
SloganThe Philippines' No. 1 News Channel
TV stationsList of GMA News TV stations
HeadquartersGMA Network Center, EDSA cor. Timog Ave. Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Broadcast area
Nationwide
OwnerCitynet Network Marketing and Productions Inc.
ParentGMA Network, Inc.
Key people
  • Atty. Felipe L. Gozon (Chairman and CEO, GMA Network)
  • Marissa Flores (Senior Vice President for News & Public Affairs, GMA Network)
  • Lilybeth G. Rasonable (Senior Vice President for Entertainment Group, GMA Network)
  • Elvis B. Ancheta (Senior Vice President, GMA Engineering)
Launch date
February 28, 2011; 9 years ago (2011-02-28) (Philippines)
July 1, 2011; 9 years ago (2011-07-01) (international)
Former names
UHF 27:
VHF 11:
Picture format
480i (SDTV)
Sister channels
GMA
Heart of Asia
Hallypop
ZOE Broadcasting Network (2011–2019)
Official website
GMA News TV Main Page
LanguageFilipino (main)
English (secondary)
Replaced byA2Z (VHF 11 channel space)
GMA News TV International
GMA News TV International Logo.png
CountryPhilippines
Broadcast areaWorldwide
NetworkGMA News TV
Slogan
  • Oras-oras, Alam ko!
  • The Philippines' no. 1 news channel
  • Kabalitaang Tapat at Maaasahan
HeadquartersGMA Network Center, EDSA cor. Timog Ave. Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Programming
Language(s)Filipino
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Ownership
OwnerGMA International
Sister channels
History
LaunchedJuly 1, 2011; 9 years ago (2011-07-01)
Links
Websitegmanetwork.com

HistoryEdit

GMA News TV was created as a replacement for "Q", a network which primarily featured imported dramas and lifestyle-oriented programming aimed towards women, and as part of GMA News and Public Affairs's plans to expand its presence on free-to-air television. GMA News TV was unveiled on February 7, 2011 through GMA-7's flagship newscast 24 Oras, and Q was discontinued on February 20, 2011, in preparation for the launch of the new service, which occurred on February 28, 2011.[1][2][3][4]

Until 2019, ZOE Broadcasting Network served as an originating affiliate and flagship station of GMA News TV, as a result of a blocktime lease agreement between ZOE Broadcasting and GMA's subsidiary Citynet Network Marketing and Productions in 2005, allowing the latter to lease the entire airtime of DZOE-TV 11 Manila, in exchange of upgrading the former's facilities and an off-peak timeslot for its programs on Channel 11 and GMA Network.[5] However, due to increasing lease payments of GMA Network to ZOE Broadcasting which is accompanied with decreased revenues of GMA, the two networks announced on April 24, 2019 that they will terminate the agreement by the end of May 2019. As a result, GMA News TV Manila was reassigned to analog Channel 27, which was being used for digital test broadcast of GMA Network, on June 4. In turn, DTV operations of GMA were transferred on a permanent frequency, UHF Channel 15 (479.143 MHz), which was being used since May 15.[6]

On July 27, 2019, GMA News TV premiered its first and only English language news broadcast GMA Regional TV Weekend News.[7]

In line the enhanced community quarantine imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, GMA News TV temporarily gone off air on March 19, 2020[8][9] and has returned on air on March 21, 2020 in limited broadcasting hours.[10] On April 13, 2020, the channel resumed its regular primetime programming after 24 Oras, with its full programming restored by September 21.

On a November 21, 2020 article published by its affiliate news portal Sports Interactive Network, GMA Network bare plans for a possible reformat of GMA News TV into a sports and entertainment channel following the station's awarding of broadcast rights for NCAA games that will air on GNTV, as well as addition of entertainment programs and a simulcast of its sister digital channel Hallypop since September. The said channel rebranding or reformat was still unknown when will be launched.[11]

ProgrammingEdit

Most of GMA News TV's programming consists of news and public affairs programs produced by GMA News and Public Affairs. Outside of its core programming, the channel airs entertainment programs including lifestyle, cooking shows, talk shows, local and foreign drama, comedy and reality series, travel, foreign animated series, local and foreign movie blocks, sports programs and additional programming produced by GMA.

AvailabilityEdit

Further information: List of GMA News TV stations

GMA News TV can be seen via regular free-to-air television on Channel 27 in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao and other 28 regional stations nationwide. Aside from GNTV's main analog signal, it is a must-carry channel on all cable and satellite TV providers nationwide. This channel is also available as a digital subchannel through GMA's main digital transmitters in Metro Manila, Baguio, Batangas, Cebu, and Davao.

InternationalEdit

Later in 2011, GMA Network would also launch a 24-hour international version of GMA News TV called GMA News TV International to complement to its two other international channels (GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV). Unlike its domestic counterpart, programs on GMA News TV International air tape-delayed (except for selected special events such as live coverage of Day 1 of Eleksyon 2013) and the timepiece on the lower-left hand side of the screen is covered.

It began to be offered as a preview channel in Australia on FetchTV, IPS/AccessTV in Japan, GUdTV in Guam and on OSN, with an official launch planned for the third quarter of 2011.[12][13]

GMA News TV International was officially launched on UBI World TV on December 1, 2011.[14] In May 2012, Canadian IPTV provider MTS TV added GMA News TV International, becoming its first Canadian carrier. In November 2012, Optik TV added the channel to their lineup. Additionally, GMA News TV international is now also available in Singtel TV in SD. GMA News TV International was officially launched on Starhub TV in January 2019 along with GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV.

In Hong Kong, GMA News TV International was launched through Now TV in June 2015.

In Europe, Australia and New Zealand, GMA News TV International (along with GMA's other international channels) is available through over-the-top streaming service Lyca TV.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GMA-7 launches GMA News TV on Channel 11". PEP.ph. February 2, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "GMA Network launches GMA News TV". GMA News Online. February 5, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "GMA News TV goes on air". GMA News Online. February 28, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  4. ^ GMA News TV Station ID (in Filipino). gmatv. February 7, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2020 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "GMA Network partners with Zoe Broadcasting Channel 11". Philstar. The Philippine Star. April 28, 2005. Retrieved April 28, 2005.
  6. ^ Melegrito, JM (April 28, 2019). "ZOE Broadcasting to end Blocktime Agreement with GMA Network". DTV Pilipinas. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "GMA Regional TV Weekend News to air on GMA News TV this July 27". GMA Entertainment. July 25, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  8. ^ "GMA News TV temporarily goes off the air amid Luzon lockdown". CNN Philippines. March 18, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  9. ^ Aguilar, Krissy (March 19, 2020). "GMA News TV temporarily signs off due to 'current state of calamity'". Inquirer.net. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  10. ^ Mendoza, Red (March 20, 2020). "GMA News TV, CNN Philippines to return on air". The Manila Times. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  11. ^ "GMA 7 beats TV5 for right to broadcast NCAA games, says source". Spin.ph. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  12. ^ "GMA Network launches third international channel". GMA News Online. July 14, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  13. ^ "GMA News TV goes International". GMA Pinoy TV. Archived from the original on March 13, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  14. ^ "GMA News TV International to be launched in Australia Oct. 1". GMA News Online. September 30, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2020.

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