The World Tonight (Philippine newscast)
|The World Tonight|
The World Tonight's logo used since January 12, 2015.
|Genre||News, Live action|
|Created by||ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs|
Gigi Grande (Saturdays)
Ron Cruz (Sundays)
|Theme music composer||ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Executive producer(s)||Luz Rimban (supervising producer)
Tina Monzon-Palma (managing editor)
|Running time||30 minutes (1966-1972; 1986–2015)
1 hour (2015–present)
|Original channel||ABS-CBN (1966–1972, 1986–1999)
|Picture format||480i SDTV|
November 21, 1966 – September 23, 1972
September 15, 1986 – August 13, 1999
October 11, 1999 – present
|Followed by||Newsbreak (on DZXL-TV Channel 9 during the pre-Martial Law era)
Pulso: Aksyon Balita (ABS-CBN)
The World Tonight is an English-language newscast of the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) and formerly of ABS-CBN. It is aired at 9PM daily and anchored by Tina Monzon-Palma on weekdays, and by Gigi Grande on Saturdays and Ron Cruz on Sundays.
The World Tonight holds the record as the longest-running english newscast on Philippine television after RPN's NewsWatch's demise in October 2012.
The World Tonight premiered on November 21, 1966 at 8:30pm on CBN's (predecessor of ABS-CBN) DZXL-TV Channel 9 as the network's answer to ABC's The Big News, The News with Uncle Bob on GMA, and NewsWatch on RPN. Co-anchoring the newscast were Hal Bowie, a veteran announcer from ABS-CBN radio, Eric Eloriaga, and Henry Halasan, a former ABS-CBN Cebu talent who was transferred to the network's main offices in Manila as a sales executive. Bowie, who was in his 70s when the newscast first aired, later bowed out of the newscast due to health reasons and concentrated instead on producing news reports for the network. This left Halasan and Eloriaga as main anchormen of the program.
The program was transferred to sister station ABS Channel 3 on the 10:00pm time slot a year later. This happened when Channel 9 premiered Newsbreak with Bong Lapira, who transferred from rival newscast The Big News on ABC. The newscast continued until ABS-CBN's closure by the Marcos government during the declaration of Martial Law in September 1972.
The roster of field reporters for the newscast in its pre-Martial Law days included Orly Mercado, Jun Bautista, Tony Seva, Tony Lozano, Boo Chanco, Philip Pigao, Lito Tacujan and Danny Hernandez.
The World Tonight returned to television on September 15, 1986, coinciding with ABS-CBN Channel 2's reopening. It was anchored by Larry Ng (an ABS-CBN executive during the pre-Martial Law era), Angelo Castro Jr. (then the network's news director) and Loren Legarda. Ng left the newscast after a while, and was replaced by Korina Sanchez. However, Sanchez eventually left the newscast to concentrate on hosting the morning show Magandang Umaga (later Magandang Umaga Po), leaving Castro and Legarda as main anchors, with Ces Oreña-Drilon (business), Cathy Yap-Yang (business) and Dyan Castillejo (sports) joining in the '90s as segment anchors. Sanchez returned as an anchor but only on Saturday Edition along with Castro, Drillon, Castillejo additional segments with Angelique Lazo (entertainment) and Bon Bivar (alternating anchor with Castro)
The newscast ran on Channel 2 until August 13, 1999 and then moved to the network's 24-hour news channel ANC on October 11, 1999. The program continues to be one of ANC's flagship newscasts. During its ABS-CBN days, it was also simulcast on ANC (then the Sarimanok News Network or SNN from 1996-1999.
On March 12, 2001, prior to the big changes in most programs of ABS-CBN, The World Tonight relaunched to its present graphics and theme music.
Castro retired as a news anchor on September 1, 2009, leaving Monzon-Palma as the solo anchor of the newscast. However, he later returned on November 7, 2011, on a sporadic basis. He died on April 5, 2012 of lung cancer at the age of 67.
In January 12, 2015, 3 days before the Philippine visit of Pope Francis, The World Tonight reformatted as part of the "internationalization" of the ABS-CBN News Channel and move to an earlier timeslot at 9pm and expands into a 1-hour newscast to compete with State of the Nation with Jessica Soho of GMA News TV & Nightly News of 9TV, among other newscasts on the timeslot. New segments & reports with original content were also aired during the launching day.
- Tina Monzon-Palma (1998–present); managing editor of TWT / special reports presenter)
- Teddy Locsin, Jr. (2011–present) (segment host for "Teditorial")
- Angelo Castro, Jr. (1986–2009; 2011)
- Loren Legarda (1986–1998)
- Dyan Castillejo (1992–1999) (former sports anchor)
- Korina Sanchez (former anchor World Tonight: Saturday Edition)