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Saksi (transl. Witness) is a Philippine television newscast show broadcast by GMA Network. Currently anchored by Arnold Clavio and Pia Arcangel, it premiered on October 2, 1995 replacing GMA Balita. It airs worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV. The show is the network's longest-running newscast.[1]

Saksi
Saksi title card (2019).jpg
Title card since 2019
GenreNewscast
Directed byJoel San Luis
Presented by
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)Tagalog
Production
Production location(s)Studio 5, GMA Network Center, Quezon City, Philippines
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)GMA News and Public Affairs
Release
Original networkGMA Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseOctober 2, 1995 (1995-10-02) –
present
External links
Website

HistoryEdit

Saksi: GMA Headline BalitaEdit

The early years (1995-1996)Edit

On October 2, 1995, GMA Network launched the newscast, originally entitled Saksi: GMA Headline Balita, as a 15-minute early evening weekday newscast. It was then anchored by Mike Enriquez (then known as "Mr. Saksi") and Karen Davila. Saksi became popular in such a short time, that people were using the word as a catchphrase, complete with the pointed forefinger like the program’s news anchors. In the early years of the newscast, the anchors especially Enriquez, popularized the word "pasok" (come in) in introducing reporters (who included Jessica Soho, Arnold Clavio, Mao dela Cruz and Susan Enriquez, among others). The format is patterned after AM radio newscasts wherein its fast paced and compressed to a short program.

Mike Enriquez, Karen Davila and Mel Tiangco (1996-1998)Edit

On July 8, 1996, Mel Tiangco joined Enriquez and Davila, after her transfer from ABS-CBN when she was suspended from doing a TV commercial. Economist Solita "Winnie" Monsod also joined the newscast with her own opinion segment, "Mareng Winnie" (which became a moniker by which she has been since known for). Other special segments, such as Huling Hirit (light human-interest stories to cap the newscast, reported by Kara David), S na S (Showbiz sa Saksi) (a showbiz segment with Lyn Ching then she anchored with Enriquez, Davila and Tiangco) and Jessica Soho Reports were also added to the news program, as its set was reformatted and running time was expanded to 30 minutes.

Jay Sonza, Mel Tiangco and Luchi Cruz-Valdes (1998-1999)Edit

In 1998, the show was relaunched when Partners Mel and Jay and Tapatan with Jay Sonza host Jay Sonza and Luchi Cruz-Valdes joined Mel Tiangco and they replaced Enriquez and Davila while Enriquez appointed as an anchor of GMA Network News with Vicky Morales who and the news team switched the newscast to Taglish then Filipino. Sonza, who was also transferred from ABS-CBN as news anchors with Mel Tiangco, continued to use Mike Enriquez's catchphrase "pasok" when he anchored the newscast. Davila, on the other hand became a co-host of Extra-Extra, a magazine program featuring different human-interest and entertainment stories (which also served as pre-programming to Saksi). New segments such as, "Pulso ng Mamamayan" where the program asks to citizens to speak up and tell them what they think of what's happening in the country today. Thus, Saksi and Partners Mel and Jay are the news programs exclusive to them and expanded the newscast to 45 minutes.

Saksi (first era)Edit

Mike Enriquez and Vicky Morales (1999-2004)Edit

 
Second Saksi logo during the Enriquez-Morales era, which pioneered the infamous "Eye" insignia of the newscast

On August 2, 1999, Tiangco was appointed as anchor of Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco, which replaced GMA Network News on the late-night weeknight slot. She, Sonza and Valdes were replaced by Enriquez and Morales, thus continuing their partnership on Network News. The original subtitle, GMA Headline Balita, was also dropped since then. Enriquez returned to Saksi after a year of absence. He continued to used the word "pasok" but only for live reports. In the last quarter of 1999, this style of introducing reporters was also previously used in GMA's other regional news programs patterned after "Saksi" premiered on October 4 like Balitang Bisdak (GMA Cebu), Testigo (GMA Davao, now One Mindanao) and Ratsada (GMA Iloilo, now relaunched into One Western Visayas). The studio set also used chroma-key technology, and later on they transferred to the newly built GMA Network Center in 2000. This was also the beginning of simulcasting the newscast on the network's radio station, Super Radyo DZBB 594 kHz.

On July 15, 2002, Saksi exchanged timeslots with Frontpage in order for the latter show to compete with ABS-CBN's TV Patrol (which was, incidentally, the newscast that Tiangco came from before transferring to GMA). By the same day, the program is reformatted as a late night newscast. The shift to late-night also prompted the start of "Side Trip", a human-interest segment hosted by Howie Severino.

In the same year, Saksi won the Gold Medal for Best Newscast in the New York Festival, becoming one of the few news programs outside the United States to receive the said honor. The award (With the Peabody Award that the network won in 1998) was later recognized by the Philippine Congress by issuing the network a commendation for its work in News and Public Affairs.

On June 30, 2003, along with Unang Hirit, Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco, and GMA Flash Report, it relaunched and introduced its new studio set, new theme music, and graphic package.

On March 12, 2004, Enriquez left the show after he was appointed to rejoin Frontpage anchor Mel Tiangco, and chosen to anchor their new early evening newscast, 24 Oras.

Saksi: Liga ng KatotohananEdit

Arnold Clavio and Vicky Morales (2004-2014)Edit

When Enriquez was slated to anchor the new early evening newscast of the network, 24 Oras and he rejoined with Tiangco since they first joined Saksi in 1996, the show appointed Unang Hirit host Arnold Clavio, as anchor of the show joining Morales. It relaunched as Saksi: Liga ng Katotohanan (League of Truth) on March 15, 2004.

On June 2004, along with 24 Oras, its graphics package and studio set were reformatted.

A notable coverage of the program was the 2005 Papal conclave which was covered by Morales at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.

The newscast changed its graphics and studio with its title card thrice during this period; first on April 17, 2006 (which was the time where 24 Oras shared the studio set til present), second on August 11, 2008, and third on November 2010 (graphics only).

Saksi (second era)Edit

 
Logo used from February 21, 2011 to November 7, 2014

On February 21, 2011, together with Unang Hirit and 24 Oras, the program adapted a new set, new graphics, new theme, and new OBB. The "Liga ng Katotohanan" tagline was also dropped in the newscast's titlecard and launched a new slogan "Ikaw at ang Balita" (You and the News). With the help of social media, Saksi launched a segment called "Saksi Ako" where viewers can make their own report there by using cellphone and camera recordings via GMA's Youscoop. The new theme is incorporated with the elements of the 2008–2011 theme music & 2004–2008 theme music and its 2004-2008 bed music. Months after the reformat, Saksi re-designed its graphic packages, and in July 2013, it launched its segment "Midnight Snack", a food-trip segment hosted by Mikael Daez every Mondays to Thursdays, After a one-week hiatus, On November 5, 2013, it returned under the new title "Midnight Express".

Arnold Clavio and Pia Arcangel (2014-present)Edit

In 2014, as part of GMA News' shakeup, Pia Arcangel was appointed co-anchor replacing Vicky Morales who moved to 24 Oras.[2] The new Saksi launched in November 10, 2014 with new upbeat soundtracks, its newly flat graphic package, and its new title card starts to continue using the camera lens backdrop.

On March 16, 2015, the show updated its title card, returning the Eurostile text font.

On July 7, 2017, Saksi, for the third time, unveiled its new title card. The opening title was introduced on July 17, 2017.

On December 17, 2018, the newscast began airing on Studio 2, as its main studio, Studio 5 (which was also used by 24 Oras and State of the Nation with Jessica Soho) underwent renovations. Studio 2 is also the studio where GMA News TV's programs are filmed.

On May 13, 2019, in time with the 2019 Philippine general election, the newscast returned to the newly-renovated Studio 5 along with 24 Oras and State of the Nation with Jessica Soho. The newscast aired with new OBB, graphics, and logo (in which the font used is similar to its teleradyo spin-off but the logo was inspired by the camera viewfinder. And it's "i" was similarized to its former name, "Saksi, GMA Headline Balita"). The newscast also updated its theme song, replacing the old theme song that was in use since 2014, and the ticker has been removed completely.

 
Logo used from July 17, 2017 to May 10, 2019.

AnchorsEdit

Mike Enriquez served as one of the original anchors of the newscast and he anchored for almost nine years.
Current anchors
Former anchors
  • Mike Enriquez (1995–1998, 1999–2004)
  • Karen Davila (1995–1998; now with ABS-CBN)
  • Mel Tiangco (1996–1999)
  • Winnie Monsod (1996–1999, Mareng Winnie segment anchor)
  • Jay Sonza (1998–1999)
  • Luchi Cruz-Valdes (1995–1996, substitute for Davila; 1996–1998, substitute for Davila or Tiangco; 1998–1999, as an anchor; 1999–2002, substitute for Morales; now with 5)
  • Lyn Ching-Pascual (1996–1999, S na S: Showbiz na Saksi segment anchor)
  • Kara David (1996–1999, Huling Hirit segment anchor)
  • Jessica Soho (1996–1999, Jessica Soho Reports segment anchor)
  • Rey Pacheco (1996–1999, weatherman)
  • Vicky Morales (1999–2014)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kilalanin ang mga naging bahagi ng longest-running GMA newscast na 'Saksi'". GMA News. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "Big changes in GMA News line-up". The Philippine Star. November 10, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2019.

External linksEdit