The World Tonight (Philippine newscast)

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The World Tonight
The World Tonight logo used since August 2012.
Created by ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
Presented by Weekdays
Tina Monzon-Palma
Gigi Grande (Saturdays)
Ron Cruz (Sundays)
Theme music composer Ryan Cayabyab
Country of origin Philippines
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel ABS-CBN (1966-1972, 1986-1999)
ANC (1999-present)
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original run November 21, 1966 – September 23, 1972;
September 15, 1986 – August 13, 1999 (ABS-CBN)
October 11, 1999 – present (ANC)
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 anchored by Tina Monzon-Palma on weekdays, and by Gigi Grande on Saturdays and Ron Cruz on Sundays.

Airing history[edit]

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, News at Seven 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)

Legarda left the newscast in 1998 to run for senator. She was replaced by Tina Monzon-Palma, who used to anchor rival newscasts GMA Headline News (on GMA) and The Big News (on the reopened ABC).

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 2001, 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.[1]

Current anchors[edit]


Substitute Anchors[edit]


  • Ron Cruz (Anchor of Sunday Edition)
  • Gigi Grande (Anchor of Saturday Edition)

Past anchors[edit]

  • Henry Halasan (1966–1972)[2]
  • Hal Bowie (1966–1967)[2]
  • Larry Ng (1986, relief anchor from 1987-1999)
  • Loren Legarda (1986–1998)
  • Amy Godinez-Cuenco
  • Gretchen Fullido (2006–2007) (former weather anchor)
  • Ces Drilon (1992–1999) (former business segment anchor; currently alternate anchor for Tina Palma)
  • Cathy Yap-Yang (1993–1998) (former business anchor alternating with Drilon)
  • Dyan Castillejo (1992–1999) (former sports anchor)
  • Chiqui Roa-Puno (2000–2006)
  • Caroline Howard (2007–2008) Weather Reporter
  • Korina Sanchez (former anchor World Tonight: Saturday Edition)
  • Angelique Lazo (former Entertainment segment anchor of World Tonight: Saturday Edition)
  • Bon Bivar (former anchor of World Tonight: Saturday Edition alternating with Castro)
  • Bill Velasco (former weekend edition anchor on ANC)
  • Angelo Castro, Jr. (1986–2009; 2011)
  • Bettina Magsaysay (2008-2012; former weather anchor)

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