9Media Corporation

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9Media Corporation
Type Subsidiary
Industry Media company
Founded November 28, 2009 (as a TV channel)
March 2, 2011 (as a broadcast company)
Founders Wilson Y. Tieng
William Y. Tieng
Headquarters Worldwide Corporate Center, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Area served Nationwide
Key people Amb. Antonio Cabangon-Chua (Chairman)
Reggie Galura (President and CEO)
Benjamin Ramos (Vice President)
Services Free-to-air TV and radio broadcasting, Cable television, publishing, sports, news, websites
Owners Solar Entertainment Corporation (Under the Tieng Families) (10%)
ALC Group of Companies (90%)
Parent Radio Philippines Network
Divisions 9News
Subsidiaries Radio Philippines Network (34%)

9Media Corporation (formerly known as Solar Television Network, Inc. or STVNI) is a Filipino-based media company. Formerly a wholly owned subsidiary of Solar Entertainment Corporation (SEC), it is now separated with the Tiengs and now owned by ALC Group of Companies under Amb. Antonio Cabangon Chua.[1] Its headquarters are located at the Ground Floor of the Worldwide Corporate Center, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, sharing with its former parent Solar Entertainment.

It owns and operates television network 9TV (to be relaunched as CNN Philippines). It also owns the 34% majority share of the former state-owned media giant Radio Philippines Network (RPN).[1]


As a Television Channel[edit]

Logo of Solar TV as a television channel from November 29, 2009 - February 25, 2011
Logo of Solar TV as a television network

Solar Entertainment launched Solar TV in the early 2000s, which was later renamed to Solar USA ("Ultimate in Suspense and Action") and then to USA. USA was split into two channels, Jack TV and Crime/Suspense, in 2005.

Solar TV launched last November 28, 2009 on RPN at 11:00am with a slogan It's A Bright New World. In October 31, 2010, it changed some of its programming content to English/Tagalog with a new slogan Kung Saan Lahat Panalo!.

As a broadcast company[edit]

As Solar Entertainment Corporation buys RPN, Solar TV was morphed into a corporate television arm of Solar Entertainment and launched an all talk/news channel Talk TV in March 2, 2011, co-owned by Solar TV itself and SBN while ETC replace Solar TV on now-privatized RPN. Talk TV later changed its name to Solar News Channel on October 30, 2012 and transferred to RPN by December 1, 2013.

At the last quarter of 2011, Solar TV launched its own news division Solar News (renamed as 9News). These programs are manned by former ANC personalities including Jing Magsaysay, Pia Hontiveros, Nancy Irlanda, Claire Celdran and Mai Rodriguez. Reporters include some from RPN's NewsWatch.[2]

In November 2013, San Miguel Corp. President and COO Ramon S. Ang personally acquired the majority stake of STVNI. Instead, he acquired the minority share of GMA Network in September 2014.[3]

However, Solar Entertainment chair Wilson Tieng announced that the ALC Group of Companies of former Ambassador Antonio Cabangon-Chua, took over STVNI, as well as its stake on RPN. Tieng resigned as the chairman of the network due to health reasons.[4][5] Solar TV Network reflected the change of ownership by the transfer of ETC to SBN on November 30, 2013. SNC to RPN on December 1, followed by shedding off the Solar branding in SNC's programs, and finally the rebranding of Solar News Channel into 9TV on August 23, 2014.[6][7]

On October 14, 2014, Solar TV Network is rebranded into 9Media Corporation, following the agreement between the latter and the Turner Broadcasting System to use the branding of CNN into its free-tv asset RPN-9 as CNN Philippines, replacing 9TV, which was considered as a transitional brand. CNN Philippines is targeted to launch on January 2015.

Broadcast assets[edit]

Previous or changed ownership television channels[edit]

  • 2nd Avenue - now returned under the management of Solar Entertainment
  • CHASE - (RMN-BEAM: December 24, 2011 – October 19, 2012)
  • C/S - (RPN: January 1, 2008 - November 2009)
  • C/S 9 - (RPN: October 4, 2009 - November 28, 2009)
  • ETC - now returned under the management of Solar Entertainment
  • Jack City - now returned under the management of Solar Entertainment
  • Solar News Channel - (34% joint venture with RPN: December 1, 2013 – August 22, 2014) / (former owned by Southern Broadcasting Network: October 30, 2012 – November 29, 2013)
  • Solar TV - (RPN: November 29, 2009 - February 25, 2011)
  • Talk TV - (50% joint venture with SBN: March 2, 2011 - October 29, 2012)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Solar Entertainment FAQ's http://www.solarentertainmentcorp.com/about/page/faq" (Press release). 
  2. ^ Tiengs move into news Manila Standard Today. 02-25-2011. Retrieved 02-25-2011.
  3. ^ "MVP-Ang rivalry set to spill over into television with San Miguel acquisition of Solar stake". November 9, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ Cabangon-Chua acquires RPN-9 retrieved August 21, 2014
  5. ^ Cabangon-Chua group set to take over RPN-9 retrieved August 21, 2014
  6. ^ - Solar News to be renamed News9? (Media Newser Philippines) retrieved August 18, 2014
  7. ^ - Is RPN-9 Destined to Return? retrieved August 18, 2014
  8. ^ - Solar News Channel turns into 9TV retrieved August 13, 2014