Solar Television Network

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Solar Television Network Inc.
Type Private
Industry Media company
Founded November 28, 2009
Founder(s) Wilson Y. Tieng
Headquarters Solar Media Center, Worldwide Corporate Center, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Area served Worldwide
Key people Amb. Antonio Cabangon-Chua (Chairman)
Benjamin Ramos (President/CEO)
Services Free-to-air TV and radio broadcasting, Cable television, sports, news, websites
Owner(s) ALC Group of Companies
Parent Aliw Broadcasting Corporation
Divisions 9News
Website Solar TV

Solar Television Network Inc. (also known as Solar TV Network and STV) is a Filipino-based media company. Formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of Solar Entertainment Corporation, it is now a separate company owned by ALC Group of Companies under Amb. Antonio Cabangon Chua. [1]. Its headquarters are located at the Solar Media Center, Ground Flr., Worldwide Corporate Center, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.

It owns and operates television network Solar News Channel (SNC) (9TV by August 23, 2014). It also owns the 34% majority share on the former state-owned media company Radio Philippines Network [1].


As a Television Channel[edit]

Solar Entertainment launched Solar TV in the early 2000s, which was later renamed to Solar USA ("Ultimate in Suspense as 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 news division Solar News. These programs are manned by mainly 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 Corporation President and COO Ramon S. Ang expressed interest in investment on Solar TV Network and RPN but instead acquires minority share of GMA Network by June next year. [3].

However, Solar Entertainment chair Wilson Tieng announced that the ALC Group of Companies of former Ambassador Antonio Cabangon-Chua, took over Solar TV Network, Inc., as well as its stake on RPN. [4] [5] Solar TV Network reflected the change of ownership by the transfer of ETC return 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].

Broadcast assets[edit]

Upcoming television channels[edit]

Defunct television channels[edit]

  • 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)
  • Solar TV - (RPN: November 29, 2009 - February 25, 2011)
  • Talk TV - (SBN: March 2, 2011 - October 29, 2012)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Solar Entertainment FAQ's" (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