CNN Philippines

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CNN Philippines
Type Broadcast commercial news television network
Country Philippines
Availability Nationwide
Founded January 2015
Slogan Go there.
This is CNN Philippines.
We Tell The Story of The Filipino
Broadcast area
Owner Turner Broadcasting System
(TBS Asia-Pacific, Inc.)
9Media Corporation (Radio Philippines Network)
Key people
Amb. Antonio L.C. Chua (Chairman, Radio Philippines Network, Inc.)
Reggie D. Galura (President & CEO, 9Media)
Robert T. Rivera (President & CEO, RPN)
Pal Marquez (Vice President for News and Current Affairs)
Jing Magsaysay (Senior Vice President for News and Current Affairs)
Ferdie Aboga (News Production senior manager)
Pia Hontiveros (Chief Correspondent)
Launch date
January 2015
Former names
Talk TV (March 2, 2011 – October 29, 2012)
Solar News Channel (October 30, 2012 – August 22, 2014)
9TV (August 23, 2014 – January 19, 2015)
19 (UHF) (Digital test broadcast)
9 (VHF)
Picture format
NTSC 480i (SDTV)
ISDB-T 1080i (HDTV)
Affiliation Radio Philippines Network
Official website
Official Website
Language English

Analog Channel 9 (VHF)
Metro Manila
Digital Channel 19
(Digital test broadcast)
Available on its relay and affiliate stations

Channel 12 (VHF)
Channel 8 (VHF)
Channel 9 (VHF)
Channel 9 (VHF)

Channel 5 (VHF)
G Sat Channel 5
Cignal Digital TV Channel 10
Dream Satellite TV Channel 13
SkyCable Channel 14
Destiny Cable Channel 14
Royal Cable Channel 9
Cable Star Iloilo Channel 42
Cablelink Channel 14
SkyCable (Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Baguio) Channel 6
Caceres Cable TV Channel 9
New Bacolod Cable TV Channel 61
Parasat Cable TV (Cagayan de Oro) Channel 9
Available on 160 cable operators nationwide Check local listings for channels

CNN Philippines (CNNPH) is an upcoming Filipino news and current affairs channel on free TV owned and operated by 9Media Corporation (formerly Solar Television Network) together with Radio Philippines Network (RPN) as the main content provider. Replacing 9TV, which is the temporary branding of the channel for 4 months, CNN Philippines will be the local franchise of the Cable News Network (CNN), one of the most trusted international cable & satellite news channels worldwide. It is also the third local channel of CNN in Asia, after CNN Indonesia and CNN-IBN (India).[1]

By the time of its launch, CNN Philippines's local live programming will be produced at the Upper Ground Floor of the Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard corner Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in Mandaluyong City with transmitter at No. 97, Panay Avenue, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City.

In October 14, 2014, Turner Broadcasting System together with 9Media inked a 5-year initial brand licensing agreement, until 2020, that will build the alliance between the two news agencies, both on television and online.[2] It will be launched by January 19, 2015 in time for the Pope Francis's visit to the country and to be seen on RPN Channel 9 in Mega Manila and 5 relay stations nationwide. CNN International Asia Pacific is still available on local cable and satellite operators.[3] Before the venture happened, CNN provides their news feeds to ABS-CBN News and News5 for the defunct global news program CNN Konek aired on AksyonTV.


Under the brand licensing agreement between Turner Broadcasting System and 9Media, the 9Media will pay CNN an undisclosed amount of monthly fee for programs and expertise from CNN International and CNN/U.S. that will air in the CNN Philippines in exchange of locally-produced news, current affairs and lifestyle programs and rolling news coverage from 9News, all based on the standards of CNN. Also, 9News will be trained by CNN staff at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA to enhance their reporting that will also help them to contribute reports for CNN International along with its news bureaus scattered worldwide; as consultants from the latter will help 9Media/RPN for further development and expansion of CNN Philippines. The official news website, will be redesigned and changed into[4]

During the soft launching of CNN Philippines held last October 14, 2014 at the Solaire Resort & Casino, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker quoted in a statement.

"The global news gathering power of CNN combined with the local perspective Nine Media Corporation brings, enables us to provide first-class news and information to millions of Filipinos in a way that we have not been able to previously. I couldn’t be happier to welcome CNN Philippines to the CNN family.”


Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Sonny Coloma was the guest of honor at the trade launch of CNNPH at the Philippine International Convention Center the following day. RPN, the broadcaster of CNNP, is formerly under the portfolio of PCOO, also known as Media Ng Bayan, from 1986 (sequestration from the Benedicto family, the original owner of RPN) until 2011 (when Solar Entertainment privatized the station); although PCOO still owns 20% minority share on RPN.


as TalkTV (2011 - 2012)[edit]

Talk TV logo

The channel was first known as TalkTV from March 2, 2011 to October 29, 2012 on SBN Channel 21. TalkTV is formed by the Solar Television Network, by-then owned by Solar Entertainment Corporation after the latter lead the privatization of former state-sequestered Radio Philippines Network (RPN) in 2011. The first programs that aired on the channel are Dateline NBC, Today Show, Today's Talk, NBC Nightly News, Inside Edition, Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman.[7]

Solar News, known for its back-to-basics and unbiased journalism was formed in January 2012 during the coverage of the Impeachment Trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. Post-EDSA revolution ABS-CBN newsmen Pal Marquez, Jing Magsaysay and Pia Hontiveros together with former ANC anchors Claire Celdran, Mai Rodriguez and Nancy Irlanda known as the pillars of Solar News. Reportorial team then was composed by former reporters of RPN NewsWatch, the sole and longest running English newscast of Radio Philippines Network, which was stopped airing in 2012 as an effect of RPN's privatization.

The 15-minute news bulletin Solar News Update (now Headlines) first aired in March 2012, followed by the primetime newscast Solar Network News and Solar Nightly News started airing in June 18 and July 16 of the same year and Daybreak and Newsday in October 1, 2012. Last October 30, 2012 at 05:30 am (UTC +8:00), TalkTV had finally signed-off to make way for the launching of the first 24-hour English news channel on both cable TV and free-to-air TV, Solar News Channel.

as Solar News Channel (2012 - 2014)[edit]

Solar News Channel logo
A Toyota HiAce van used by Solar News parked at the Office of the Ombudsman.
Main article: Solar News Channel

Dubbed then as the "First 24/7 All-English News Channel on Free TV", Solar News Channel (SNC) replaces TalkTV. SNC was launched at 5:45am of October 30, 2012 on Channel 21.[8][9]

During the first months of the operations, the channel was producing major local newscasts including a native language newscast Solar News Cebuano, a sports newscast Solar Sports Desk and public affairs programs Legal HD, Medtalk, News.PH, Opposing Views, Elections 2013 and News Cafe. 60 Minutes, Top Gear, Undercover Boss and the "Stories" Documentaries block was also launched during the SNC's time. SNC launched its own mobile application for smartphone users. Its consists of features such as live streaming, catch-up episodes (newscasts and Stories) and latest news from the network's website,[10]

In November 2013, San Miguel Corp. President and COO Ramon S. Ang personally acquired the minority stake of STVNI. Tiengs was the majority stockholder then of STVNI.[11] In December 1, 2012, SNC moved to RPN Channel 9 for the improvements of the signal and to cater a wider audience. RPN's former occupant and SNC's affiliate ETC transferred to their former home SBN Channel 21 (ETC was aired in SBN-21 from 2008-2011 then at RPN-9 from 2011-2013). Solar News Channel then began to phase out its Solar branding on its newscast as it leans away from the Tiengs. It is also launched the Kapampangan national newscast, Kapampangan News and the public service program Serbisyo All Access. Solar News Channel was closed down before midnight of August 22, 2014.

as 9TV (2014 - 2015)[edit]

9TV logo
Main article: 9TV

SNC relaunched as 9TV since August 23, 2014, the Solar brand on Channel 9 was retired after the ALC Group of Companies bought out the 34% Tiengs group stake with Solar TV and RPN 9. The Tiengs was losing money after they invested in RPN 9 and the group are focuses instead on the cable channels of the Solar Entertainment Corporation.

Solar News was then rebranded as 9News as the programming and personnel was retained. Kids Weekend, Home Shopping Network, TV Mass for the Homebound and local informative shows including Something to Chew On, Boys Ride Out, Drive, Good Company, Two Stops Over and Bogart Case Files were part of the 9TV's programming line-up.[12]

Controversies also sparked 9TV as one of the motorpool drivers of the news division was allegedly violated traffic rules after the news crewcab was entered a no-left/no-entry road (counterflow) while on hazard in the Balara area last September 14, 2014. 9News management then imposed a disciplinary actions and penalties against the driver and his designated reporter and cameraman.[13]

However, the 9TV branding is only a transitional brand to separate "what is Tieng's (the former owner) and what is Cabangon-Chua's".


Branding Slogan Years Active
TalkTV Be TalkTV. (Talkative) March 2, 2011 – October 29, 2012
Solar News Channel Inform. Inspire. October 30, 2012 – August 22, 2014
9TV Information. Inspiration. Integrity. August 23, 2014 – January 19, 2015
CNN Philippines Go there.
This is CNN Philippines.
We Tell The Story Of The Filipino
January 2015

See also[edit]


ORIGINAL SOURCE: CNN to launch news team in the Philippines

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