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Saksi.jpg Logo used since February 21, 2011.
Format Newscast
Live action
Citizen Journalism
Created by GMA Network
Developed by GMA News and Public Affairs
Directed by Joel San Luis
Presented by Arnold Clavio
Vicky Morales
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Tagalog
No. of episodes n/a (airs weeknights)
Executive producer(s) Marissa Flores
Jessica Soho
Camera setup multicamera setup
Running time 15 minutes (1995–1996)
30-45 minutes (1996–1998; 2002-present)
1 hour (1998–2002)
Original channel GMA Network
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original run October 2, 1995 – present
Preceded by GMA Balita (as early evening newscast)
Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco (as late night newscast)
External links

Saksi (EYEWITNESS) is the late-nightly news broadcast in the Philippines by GMA Network. It was released on October 2, 1995. It was formerly the early evening and flagship newscast of the network until ended on July 12, 2002. The newscast is currently anchored by Arnold Clavio and Vicky Morales. It is aired Mondays to Thursdays 11:00pm-11:30 pm (PST) and Fridays 11:15pm-12:00 am (PST) It is also aired internationally thru GMA Pinoy TV and is heard on a slightly delayed basis through Super Radyo DZBB 594 AM.


As Saksi: GMA Headline Balita[edit]

In the last quarter of 1995, GMA Network launched the program, 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). This style of introducing reporters was also previously used in GMA's other regional news programs patterned after "Saksi" like Balitang Bisdak (Cebu), Testigo (Davao) and Ratsada (Iloilo).

On July 1, 1996, Mel Tiangco joined Enriquez and Davila, after the former's transfer from ABS-CBN when she 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) and S na S (Showbiz sa Saksi) (a showbiz segment with Lyn Ching then she anchored with Enriquez, Davila and Tiangco) were also added to the news program, as its set was reformatted & running time was expanded to 30 minutes.

Sonza-Tiangco Era[edit]

On June 1, 1998, Saksi relaunched its studio set, graphics & re-updated the 1995 logo. Partners Mel and Jay & Tapatan host Jay Sonza replaced Enriquez while he appointed as an anchor of GMA Network News with Vicky Morales who and the news team switched to Taglish then Filipino. 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). Mel Tiangco, Sonza's co-host on Partners Mel and Jay, then joined the newscast as co-anchor, thus Saksi and Partners Mel and Jay are the news programs exclusive to them.

Enriquez-Morales Era[edit]

Second 1999 Saksi logo, whiched 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 slot but the newscasts continuously on weekends until 2002. She and Sonza were replaced by Enriquez and Morales, thus continuing their partnership on Network News. Enriquez went back to Saksi with Morales were final anchors with him on the weekday edition of GMA Network News in their partnership. In the same year Davila who now moved to ABS-CBN. The original subtitle, GMA Headline Balita, was also dropped since then. The show used the chroma-key studio (which was also used in Frontpage), & later on they transferred to the newly built GMA Network Center. 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). 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, the studio set of the show, which was known as "GMA News Headquarters" reformatted, along with the graphics & re-modeled the 2002 logo.

Enriquez left again to the newscast on March 12, 2004 to rejoin Frontpage anchor Mel Tiangco, & chosen to anchor their new early evening newscast, 24 Oras.

Clavio-Morales Era as Saksi: Liga ng Katotohanan[edit]

When Enriquez was slated to host the new early evening newscast of the network, 24 Oras and he rejoined with Tiangco since they first joined Saksi in 1996, GMA News & Public Affairs announced that a new anchor will be taking place, thus it was Emergency host & Unang Balita anchor Arnold Clavio, Vicky Morales still retains as anchor of the show. The news department has re-developed the show to bring more comprehensive news coverage's & turn into a "action-packed, fast-paced, no frills" newscast. With Morales & Clavio as the anchors, they lead a team of the most competent, hard-working and respected veteran journalists, the front-runners in the battlefield : Howie Severino, Susan Enriquez, Jiggy Manicad, Maki Pulido, Tina Panganiban-Perez, Sandra Aguinaldo, Raffy Tima, Jay Taruc, Michael Fajatin, Ivan Mayrina & Kara David. Thus beyond this period, it launched as Saksi: Liga ng Katotohanan (Legion of Truth).

On June 2004, along with 24 Oras, its lower-third graphics was redesigned.

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 8, 2010 (graphics only).

2011 reformat[edit]

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 & 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 report there cellphone & camera recordings via GMA's Youscoop. The new theme is incorporated with the elements of the 2008–2011 theme music & 2004–2008 theme music. Months after the reformat, Saksi re-designed its lower third-graphics, this features: Saksi title card and social media website of GMA News 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".



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