First United Broadcasting Corporation

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First United Broadcasting Corporation
Type Private
Industry Broadcast television and radio network
Founded 1970s
Headquarters Makati, Philippines
Key people Philip J. Chien
Owner(s) First Global Conglomerates
Subsidiaries G Sat

First United Broadcasting Corporation is a broadcast radio and television network in the Philippines. FUBC TV-9 in Zamboanga was an affiliate of ABS-CBN in 1986-1994 and GMA Network from 1995 until April 1996. It still maintains an office in Manila.

History[edit]

First United Broadcasting Corporation was originally founded by Ma. Clara "Caling" L. Lobregat and Basilio "Bong" Apolinario II. It brought to Zamboanga City its first FM station and its first Color Television in 1977. The television station, 9Alive, was characterized by 9 "lovely" ladies. This network has produced several media personalities such as Cathy Veloso Santillan (one of the original 9Alive Girls who became a broadcaster and Newswatch anchor of RPN9 in the early 1990s), Zamboanga City District II Congressman Erico Basilio "Erbie" Fabian and ABS-CBN Correspondent for Western Mindanao and former anchor Pal Marquez all started out here.

Later years[edit]

The network is on a massive expansion drive. In 1995, its original TV station, channel 9 in Zamboanga city was sold to GMA. FUBC's FM station, DXLA-FM 95.5 MHz, and its AM station, DXRH-AM 1080 kHz became defunct. However, it recently revived these stations and in 2011 its present goal seems to reinvent itself in the UHF region nationwide.

First United Broadcasting Network has reinvented its image and now operates one of the Philippines' Direct-To-Home (DTH) Satellite Networks called G Sat and one of the Philippines' all news channel in cable and now in terrestrial networks called Global News Network (GNN). In the terrestrial region, FUBC is on an expansion drive, It now operates the following stations; Free-To-Air UHF Channel 44 in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga (Coverage is the Central Luzon plains), Free-To-Air UHF Channel 48 in Baguio City (From Mt. Sto Tomas its coverage is Baguio city, Dagupan City, Urdaneta City and other Pangasinan towns up to San Fernando City, La Union), Free-To-Air UHF Channel 48 in Naga City (Coverage is Naga City and the surrounding Camarines Sur towns) Free-To-Air UHF Channel 43 in Zamboanga City (Whose coverage is the Zamboanga Peninsula and Basilan Island) Free-To-Air UHF Channel 46 in Cagayan de Oro City (Whose coverage is CDO and Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon) Under construction are several UHF stations nationwide.

TV Stations[edit]

Owned and Operated[edit]

Branding Callsign Ch. # Power kW Station Type Location
GNN 48 Naga DW__-TV TV-48 10 kW Originating Naga
GNN 43 Zamboanga DX__-TV TV-43 10 kW Originating Zamboanga
GNN 48 Baguio DX__-TV TV-48 10 kW Originating Baguio

Affiliated[edit]

Branding Callsign Ch. # Power kW Station Type Location
Infomax 44 Pampanga DWIM-TV TV-44 10 kW Originating San Fernando

Affiliations[edit]

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