Southern Broadcasting Network

Southern Broadcasting Network, Inc. (SBN) is a Filipino-owned media company based radio and television network based in Metro Manila. SBN is a subsidiary of Solar Entertainment Corporation, a Filipino-owned television company managed by the Tieng family.

Southern Broadcasting Network, Inc.
IndustryBroadcast television and Radio network
Founded1977; 45 years ago (1977) (radio)
May 30, 1992; 30 years ago (1992-05-30) (television)
HeadquartersWorldwide Corporate Center, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong
Key people
Wilson Y. Tieng (Chairman)
William Y. Tieng (President)
OwnerSolar Entertainment Corporation
SBN 21
TypeBroadcast commercial television network
ParentGem Communications Holdings (1992–2010)
Solar Entertainment (2010–present)
Key people
Current Management
Wilson Y. Tieng (Chairman)
William Y. Tieng (President)
Former Management
Lucio Co (Majority Stockholder)
Leonardo B. Dayao (Chairman)
Teofilo A. Henson (President)
Launch date
May 30, 1992; 30 years ago (1992-05-30)
Former names
World TV 21 (1992–1996)
Picture format
480i (4:3 SDTV)
Affiliation(s)Solar Flix (June 20, 2022)
ETC (January 1, 2008 – March 1, 2011, November 30, 2013–June 19, 2022)
Talk TV (March 2, 2011 – October 29, 2012)
Solar News Channel (October 30, 2012 – November 29, 2013)
Official website
Replaced byTalk TV(UHF Channel 21 Space)

Its main broadcast facilities are located at the Third Floor, Worldwide Corporate Center, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong with office located at 22/F Strata 2000 Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig (sharing space with religious broadcaster, ZOE Broadcasting Network).


World TV/SBN era (1992–2007)Edit

SBN 21 Logo from 1996 to 2005.

SBN was founded by Gem Communications Holdings Corporation (GemCom) majority owned by Filipino-Chinese tycoon Lucio Co, founder of supermarket chain Puregold Price Club Inc. with 97% share. Leonardo B. Dayao and Teofilo A. Henson served as chairman and president of SBN, respectively.

The Davao-based broadcast company launched DWCP-TV channel 21, on May 30, 1992, becoming the first local UHF TV station in Metro Manila. It was then known as World TV 21, which was operated by the Kampana Television Corporation, providing programming content from ABC, ESPN and CNN.

On September 7, 1995, in accordance to current constitutional rules, SBN's franchise was approved as Republic Act No. 8147 by the Philippine Congress, yet even without the president's approval.

In 2000, SBN started airing Ang Dating Daan after transferring from PTV, as well as informative and educational programs, and the most notable program during the network's popularity, SBN Music Videos, which later evolved as SBN 21 Live, a videoke oriented program. In 2001, the Iglesia ni Cristo launched its own program, Ang Tamang Daan, as a direct response to Ang Dating Daan, featuring video footages and recordings of ADD hosts as issues were tackled. Over time the animosity between the two groups has intensified, and their relationship has been severely strained. The Quezon City Regional Trial Court on Wednesday ordered televangelist Bro. Eliseo Soriano of Ang Dating Daan to pay the Iglesia ni Cristo, P100,000 in moral damages for libel committed 10 years ago. Branch 92 Judge Eleuterio Bathan also directed him to pay a fine of P6,000 each for two counts of libel. He ruled the elements of libel have been established in the case filed by INC over Soriano's pronouncement on a television program on April 25, 2003, and the replay on April 27 on the same timeslot during the live program of Ang Dating Daan on SBN.[1][2]

The case stemmed from a complaint filed by members of the Iglesia ni Cristo, including its minister Michael Sandoval, due to statements of Soriano aired on August 10 referring to the minister. By 2004, Ang Dating Daan transferred to UNTV, while Ang Tamang Daan moved to the INC's secular television station Net 25.

New Management (2008–present)Edit

Blocktime agreement and Subsequent purchase by SolarEdit

ETC-21 logo from December 12, 2009, to March 1, 2011, from November 30, 2013, to July 27, 2014.

On January 1, 2008, Solar Entertainment Corporation began to lease airtime on SBN, choosing to broadcast programming from its entertainment channel ETC.[3] Months prior to the deal, SkyCable stated that they would offer less "redundant" programming and feature more series that had never been aired in the country before, but reports surfaced that channels operated by Solar were pulled due to a dispute; SkyCable's owner, ABS-CBN Corporation, believed that Solar's lower fees for advertising on its channels were causing ABS-CBN to lose revenue. The new blocktime deal between SBN, Radio Philippines Network, Rajah Broadcasting Network, and Solar is said to be a part of the latter's retaliation to Sky.

In mid-2010, GemCom sold all of its 97% equity share in SBN to Solar Entertainment for Php 368.8 million. Since then, SBN became a fully owned subsidiary of Solar.

Talk TV logo from March 2, 2011, to October 29, 2012.

When Solar Entertainment's former channel Solar TV expanded as a broadcast television company, after Solar acquired a 34% majority stake of RPN, ETC was transferred to RPN. Meanwhile, SBN and Solar created news and talk channel Talk TV, with both parties enjoying a 50% share of the channel. The newly created channel conducted its test broadcast until March 31, 2011, with full operation commencing on April 1, 2011. By January 16, 2012, Talk TV became the first home of Solar's newly created division, Solar News. The first local news event covered was the Renato Corona impeachment trial. On October 30, Talk TV was relaunched as the Solar News Channel. Though it was claimed as "the first 24-hour English news channel on free-to-air TV", SBN (who holds free-to-air broadcast rights of SNC) never materialized SNC's slogan.

On December 1, 2013, Solar News Channel moved to RPN to allow SNC's wider coverage, while ETC returned to SBN a day before.[4][5][6][7] (SNC and RPN, however, were sold to ALC Group of Companies chair, the late Amb. Antonio Cabangon Chua, in August the following year, due to the Tieng's loss of revenue after investing on RPN.)

On July 26, 2019, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11354 which renewed SBN's license for another 25 years. The law granted SBN a franchise to construct, install, operate, and maintain, for commercial purposes, radio broadcasting stations and television stations, including digital television system, with the corresponding facilities such as relay stations, throughout the Philippines.[8]


ETC ProgramsEdit

SBN Previously ProgramsEdit

Southern Broadcasting Network stations NationwideEdit

SBN television stations[9]Edit


Branding Callsign Ch. # Power kW Station Type Location (Transmitter site)
SBN 7 Davao DXSS-TV TV-7 5 kW (10.5 kW ERP) Originating Davao
SBN 8 Iloilo DYCX-TV TV-8 5 kW (10.5 kW ERP) Relay iloilo


Branding Callsign Ch. # Power kW Frequency Area of Coverage
SBN 21 Manila DWCP-DTV 21 3 kW 515.143 MHz Metro Manila

SBN radio stationsEdit

AM stationEdit

Its sole AM station was affiliated with SIAM's Bantay Radyo until its demise in 2009.[9]

Branding Callsign Frequency Power (kW) Location
Bantay Radyo Davao DXIP 900 kHz 10 kW Davao

FM stationEdit

Branding Callsign Frequency Power (kW) Location Notes
XFM Davao DXSS 97.9 MHz 10 kW Davao Operated by Yes2Health Advertising, Inc.

Inactive FM stationsEdit

In October 2015, SBN through Estima Inc. revived the Mom's Radio network.[9][10]

Branding Callsign Frequency Power (kW) Location
Mom's Radio Laoag DWSN 97.9 MHz 10 kW Laoag
Mom's Radio Vigan DWIS 98.9 MHz 5 kW Vigan
Mom's Radio Bacolod DYCP 90.3 MHz 5 kW Bacolod
Mom's Radio Cebu DYAP 88.3 MHz 10 kW Cebu


  1. ^ Court: Bro. Eli Soriano libeled Iglesia ni Cristo Manila Standard, December 19, 2013
  2. ^ "Bro. Eli Soriano, Muling Nanalo Laban sa Kasong Libelo". UNTV News. Archived from the original on 2016-02-21.
  3. ^ ETC Available on SBN 21 Archived 2012-02-09 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Solar News Channel – Expect wider reach and a richer viewing experience retrieved November 5, 2013
  5. ^ ETC MOVES TO SBN-21 STARTING NOVEMBER 30 Archived 2014-05-01 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "San Miguel's Ang keen on Solar TV, owner of RPN-9". October 4, 2012.
  7. ^ 'Meeting of minds' reached in talks with Ramon Ang for investment, says Solar chairman retrieved October 30, 2012
  8. ^ "Republic Act No. 11354".
  9. ^ a b c "Communications 2011 PY Chapter 20" (PDF). Philippine Yearbook 2011. Philippine Statistics Authority.
  10. ^ "Up, up and away, Supermoms!". SUNSTAR. September 8, 2017.

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