|Company||Solar Television Network|
|Key people||Jing Magsaysay
(Senior Vice President for News and Current Affairs)
(Vice President for News and Current Affairs)
Ferdie Aboga(Senior Manager for News Production)
Jun del Rosario
(News Gathering chief)
|Slogan||Information. Inspiration. Integrity.|
9News (formerly known as Solar News and Current Affairs or Solar News) is the news and public affairs programming division of the media conglomerate Solar Television Network leasing the airtime of Radio Philippines Network. 9News produces its news and information contents for 9TV (formerly Solar News Channel), and media portal 9News website and Solar Sports Desk website.
After Solar Entertainment Corporation acquired 34 percent of Radio Philippines Network from the Philippine government as part of RPN/IBC privatization in 2011, Solar TV finally ventured into news at the end of 2011.
First aired in January 16, 2012 as one of the TV networks that aired the Corona Impeachment Trial special coverage. It currently airs their programs in Talk TV since January 2012 and on Solar News Channel on October 30, 2012.
Most of its news personalities are from ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN News Channel and also from RPN which was partially purchased by Solar Entertainment. In July 16, 2012, Solar News launches its first local newscast Solar Network News followed by Solar Nightly News, Solar Newsday and Solar Daybreak. Solar Current affairs evening block first aired in November 2012 composing of 5 programs on legal advices, health, politics and media. In January 2013, Solar News Cebuano starts as its make history as the first Cebuano TV newscast that aired on an English language news channel. In June 2014, Serbisyo All Access became their first program in Filipino. In August 2014, Kapampangan News caters viewers of Central Luzon.
In November 2013, San Miguel Corporation President and COO Ramon S. Ang personally acquire a majority stake in Solar Television Network as well as its stake on RPN. Meanwhile, on August 20, 2014, Solar Entertainment Corporation chief Wilson Tieng announced that he ceded his entire share on Solar TV Network, Inc., including its 34% majority share on RPN, to Antonio Cabangon-Chua, owner of business newspaper BusinessMirror and ABC. To reflect the change of ownership, and upon announcement of the rebranding of Solar News Channel into 9TV Network by August 23, Solar News will also rebrand into 9News, retaining its news and current affairs programming as 9TV expands its weekend programming.
Public Affairs Programs
- Solar Entertainment Corporation
- Radio Philippines Network
- Solar Television Network
- Solar News Channel
- 2nd Avenue
- Jack City
- Talk TV
- Tiengs move into news Manila Standard Today. 02-25-2011. Retrieved 02-25-2011.
- "MVP-Ang rivalry set to spill over into television with San Miguel acquisition of Solar stake". November 9, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
- EXCLUSIVE | BusinessMirror owner acquires majority stake in RPN9 retrieved August 20, 2014
- Cabangon-Chua acquires RPN-9 retrieved August 21, 2014
- - Solar News Channel turns into 9TV retrieved August 13, 2014
- - Solar News to be renamed News9? (Media Newser Philippines) retrieved August 18, 2014
- - Is RPN-9 Destined to Return? retrieved August 18, 2014