Probe (Philippine TV series)

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Probe Profiles
Created by Probe Productions, Inc.
Developed by Probe Productions, Inc.
ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
Starring Cheche Lazaro
Opening theme "Probe Profiles theme" composed by Reev Robledo
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) English (1987–1996)
Filipino (1996–2010)
No. of episodes n/a
Production
Running time 1 hour
Broadcast
Original channel ABS-CBN:
(March 6, 1987 – December 1987; August 18, 2005 – June 30, 2010)
GMA Network:
(May 20, 1988 – November 25, 2003)
ABC:
(June 2004 – April 2005)
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original run March 6, 1987  – June 30, 2010
External links
Website

Probe Profiles (formerly known as Probe,The Probe Team and The Probe Team Documentaries) was a Philippine public affairs program being aired on ABS-CBN and on its sister cable channel, the ANC. It is hosted by Cheche Lazaro and is produced by Probe Productions Inc., under a joint co-production agreement with ABS-CBN.

The show, considered as the pioneer television news-magazine in the Philippines, started airing in 1987 on ABS-CBN, with Lazaro, Maria Ressa (formerly ABS-CBN News head and former CNN Jakarta bureau chief), and Luchi Cruz-Valdez (currently TV5 News and Information Head and former ABS-CBN Current Affairs head as well as former GMA Network executive) at the helm. After nine months, it moved to GMA Network as a blocktimer. It was in GMA where The Probe Team had its longest run in its history. The show recently ended on June 30, 2010.

History[edit]

After more than two decades of censorship and repression, press freedom was immediately restored with the dismantling of the Marcos dictatorship by a popular revolt in 1986. Media ownership was turned over to an enthusiastic private sector eager to take advantage of the newfound democratic space.

Probe Productions Inc. was a product of the euphoric period. Convinced that Filipinos need more than just the news, four pioneering journalists – Cheche Lazaro, Maria Ressa, Luchi Cruz-Valdez, Tony Velasquez, and Angie Ramos – adopted the investigative newsmagazine format and called the television program Probe. The project, which was first broadcast over ABS-CBN, turned out to be the country’s first, most awarded and longest-running, investigative newsmagazine show.

To make investigative pieces a main fixture in Philippine television, the group put up its own production house and continued with what it started. Operating from a small bedroom, the show’s one-hour reports were broadcast as monthly specials by a new television station—GMA Network. After the third telecast, in response to enthusiastic reviews, GMA gave The Probe Team (Probe’s new name) a weekly slot. The first weekly telecast began in May 1988.

The Probe Team, or Probe Profiles, is known for fearlessly exposing the hard truths in Philippine society. No non-sense and hard-hitting, Probe tackles pressing societal concerns through the eyes of various stakeholders and calls a spade a spade. It engenders a deeper understanding and appreciation of issues by way of stories that capture the hearts and minds of viewers.

PAGCOR Controversy[edit]

Due to a controversy surrounding one of its features which involved a Philippine government official close to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2003, its contract with GMA was terminated. As a result, it moved to ABC, and renamed the show The Probe Team Documentaries.[1]

The show returned to its original home, ABS-CBN, in 2005, and was retitled back to Probe. It has continued the tradition of airing provocative documentaries and investigative reports. On June 17, 2009[citation needed], it was known as Probe Profiles.

Host[edit]

Probe Alumni[edit]

  • Cecilia Lazaro - Host, Founder and President of Probe
  • Maria Ressa - former CNN Jakarta Bureau Chief; former Vice President for News and Current Affairs, ABS-CBN; News Chief, Rappler.com
  • Luchi Cruz-Valdez - Vice President for News and Information, TV5
  • Nessa Valdellon - Vice President for GMA News and Public Affairs
  • David Celdran - News Director and Anchor, ANC; PCIJ
  • Manny Ayala - National Geographic Singapore
  • Apa Ongpin
  • Ditsi Carolino - Documentarist
  • Marga Ortigas - Manila Bureau Chief, Al-Jazeera
  • Angie Ramos- Producer, Reuters Singapore
  • Karen Davila - Anchor, Bandila ; Host, ako ang Simula, ABS CBN; Host, Headstart ANC
  • Pauline Mangilog-Saltarin - Creative Director, Jesuit Communications Foundation, Contributing Producer, Caldecott Productions/NHK Japan
  • Ruben Canlas - Professor and IT Management Consultant
  • Carol Gancia - Filmmaker/Writer - Ripplemakerstv.com, Producer/Director - Layaco Media, Producer - Google, Associate Producer - KQED TV San Francisco, former Executive Producer - I-Witness on GMA-7
  • Angelina Cantada - Independent Filmmaker, former Executive Producer, I-Witness on GMA-7
  • Tony Velasquez - Anchor, ANC
  • Twink Macaraig - Anchor, Aksyon TV
  • Howie Severino - Host, I-Witness GMA 7; Editor-in-Chief, GMANews.tv; PCIJ
  • Love Anover - Host, Unang Hirit, GMA 7
  • Jay Cesora Orense - Former Executive Producer for various GMA Public Affairs shows, Author "Silence Speaks", Program Manager TV5 News and Information
  • Bernadette Sembrano - Former Anchor, TV Patrol Weekend ABS CBN; Current host, Salamat Dok and Umagang Kay Ganda, ABS CBN
  • Pinky Webb - Anchor, ANC and TV Patrol Weekend, ABS -CBN; Host, XXX
  • Eliza Zamora-Solis - Former Executive Producer, I-Witness and Case Unclosed GMA 7; Senior Correspondent TV5 News and Information, Editorial Consultant, Insider, TV5
  • Ella Evangelista - Program Manager, GMA 7 Public Affairs
  • Karen Lumbo - Program Manager, GMA 7 Public Affairs
  • JM Cobarrubias - Program Manager, GMA 7 Public Affairs
  • Michaela Cabrera - Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University; Producer and Reporter, Reuters Manila
  • Rolly Ng - Cameraman, Reuters Manila
  • Kathy Quiano - Reporter/ Producer CNN Jakarta
  • Rene Santiago - former cameraman CNN Jakarta: Chief cameraman TV5
  • Garlic Garcia - Headwriter/Creative Consultant, ABS CBN Entertainment
  • Abbie Lara - Director, I -Witness, GMA 7
  • Joseph Laban - Fulbright Scholar at NYU; Managing Producer GMA 7; Contributing Producer, New York Times; PCIJ, Cinemalaya Director
  • Bong Lozano - Director, Unang Hirit, GMA 7
  • Lloyd Navera - former Executive Producer and Director, I-Witness; Program Manager, GMA 7 Public Affairs
  • Minette Tirona, Program Manager, GMA 7
  • Inky Santiago - Nakpil, Contributing Manila Producer, CNN, Discovery Channel and BBC
  • Lolita Lachica - Producer, English Current Affairs, Channel News Asia, Singapore
  • Robert Alejandro- Graphic Artist
  • Adrian Ayalin - Media Officer, US Embassy; Reporter Government News and Public Affairs Group-RPN; Anchor, NewsWatch RPN
  • Alexis Loinaz- Managing Editor, Metromix New York
  • Nike Lorenzo - Contributing Producer, Al-Jazeera Manila
  • Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala - Managing Director, Asianeye Productions; Contributing Producer, CNN
  • Leogarda Sanchez-Matias - Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs, GMA7
  • Macky Recinto Fernando - Marketing Manager, Probe Productions, Inc. Special Projects Division
  • Albert Sumaya Jr. - Sole Survivor 2012, GMA 7; Segment Host Unang Hirit and Pinaka, GMA 7; Executive Producer Day Off GMA News TV
  • Akiko Thomson - Olympic swimmer; current Philippine Sports Commission commissioner
  • Ricky Carandang- Malacanang Spokesman
  • Ivy Cay (DJ Diwata of 91.5 Big Radio)

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best Public Affairs Program(2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GMA 7 denies allegations of Probe Team's Lazaro". INQ7.net. November 14, 2003. 

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