2008 in Philippine television

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List of years in Philippine television

The following is a list of events affecting Philippine television in 2008. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel launches, closures and rebrandings, as well as information about controversies and carriage disputes.



  • January 1:
    • Effective January 1, 2008, all of Solar's channels will cease to air on SkyCable, the Philippines' largest cable company. An insider claims that these troubles with SkyCable started when boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, whose fights Solar Entertainment has the exclusive right to air and distribute, moved from ABS-CBN, a sister company of Sky, to rival GMA. However, Solar has inked a deal with local terrestrial channels ABC, RPN, SBN and RJTV for block-time programming, ETC, 2nd Avenue and C/S programming are seen on terrestrial TV. Currently, ETC shows can be seen on SBN and 2nd Avenue on RJTV on a test broadcast basis, while C/S will be seen on RPN.
    • ETC will cease to air over SkyCable as a channel on its own right. However, as part of block-time agreements with various terrestrial channels, ETC will carry some of its programs over Southern Broadcasting Network Channel 21, a terrestrial UHF TV Station in Metro Manila and selected cities in the Philippines.
  • January 5: Comedian Ruben Gonzaga wins the second season of Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition.




  • August 8: After 16 years of broadcast, ABC-5 ended its commercial operations on Friday evening at 22:00 (10:00 pm).
  • August 9: at 19.00 (7:00 pm) local time, ABC-5 was rebranded as TV5 and launched its new programs.[1][2][3] However, despite the name change, the corporate name will still be Associated Broadcasting Company and Tonyboy Cojuangco will remain its CEO.[4]
  • August 17: Gretchen Espina wins the first season of Pinoy Idol.



  • October 8: ABS-CBN celebrates its 55th anniversary and unveils the TV plug "Beyond Television", describing ABS-CBN's transformation from a small television network in 1953 into a full-fledged media conglomerate with businesses beyond television.
  • October 17: GMA Network opens their new studio complex which was known as the new GMA Network Studios Annex. The opening ceremony is in a red-carpet premiere. The new studio's inaugural is being part of the network's 58th anniversary, the presentation is titled Experience GMA: 58 Years of Glorious Television.



Date Show
January 1 Coffee Prince on GMA
January 7 Patayin Sa Sindak si Barbara on ABS-CBN
January 12 Mag TV Na on All ABS-CBN Regional channels
January 14 Wheel of Fortune on ABS-CBN
January 15 American Idol: Season 7 on Q
January 21 Maging Akin Ka Lamang on GMA
January 26 Volta on ABS-CBN
January 28 Kung Fu Kids on ABS-CBN
Palos on ABS-CBN
Lobo on ABS-CBN
February 11 Joaquin Bordado on GMA
March 3 Kaputol ng Isang Awit on GMA
March 10 The Legend on GMA
March 23 Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus on ABS-CBN
March 24 Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita on GMA
Matanglawin on ABS-CBN
March 29 I Am KC on ABS-CBN
March 31 Chill Spot on ETC (SBN 21)
April 2 E.S.P. on GMA
April 5 Pinoy Idol on GMA
April 6 Tasya Fantasya on GMA
April 7 Batingaw on NBN
April 13 Jollitown on GMA
April 14 GoBingo on GMA
April 21 The Singing Bee on ABS-CBN
Da Big Show on GMA
April 28 Dyesebel on GMA
Maligno on ABS-CBN
May 5 Balitang Amianan on GMA Dagupan
May 12 Magdusa Ka on GMA
Hot Guys Who Cook on ETC (SBN 21)
New York Fashion Week: Catwalk Review on ETC (SBN 21)
May 26 Ligaw na Bulaklak on ABS-CBN
My Girl on ABS-CBN
June 23 Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan on GMA
June 30 Ako Si Kim Samsoon on GMA
July 5 Wonder Mom on ABS-CBN
July 6 Married Away on ETC (SBN 21)
July 14 Iisa Pa Lamang on ABS-CBN
Codename: Asero on GMA
July 23 Bread N' Butter on UNTV
July 30 Project Runway Philippines on ETC (SBN 21)
August 9 Ka-Blog! on GMA
August 10 Dear Friend on GMA
August 11 Dyosa on ABS-CBN
Juicy! on TV5
Shock Attack on TV5
Untamed Beauties on TV5
Midnight DJ on TV5
TEN: The Evening News on TV5
Mysmatch on TV5
August 13 OGAGS on TV5
August 14 Rakista on TV5
Obra on GMA
August 15 Lokomoko on TV5
August 16 Lipgloss on TV5
Talentadong Pinoy on TV5
August 18 Ripley's Believe It or Not! on GMA
August 19 World Records on GMA
August 20 Masquerade on GMA
August 22 Batang X: The Next Generation on TV5
Philippines Scariest Challenge on TV5
August 23 Celebrity Duets Season 2 on GMA
August 24 Tok! Tok! Tok! Isang Milyon Pasok! Year 2 on GMA
September 1 Una Kang Naging Akin on GMA
September 2 Chelsea Lately on ETC (SBN 21)
TMZ on ETC (SBN 21)
September 8 I Love Betty La Fea on ABS-CBN
September 12 Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious on ETC (SBN 21)
September 15 Kahit Isang Saglit on ABS-CBN
Survivor Philippines on GMA
September 22 Pushing Daisies on Jack TV
September 27 DoQmentaries on Q
September 29 House Life on Q
October 2 Case Unclosed on GMA
October 4 True Confections on Q
October 8 PBA on Solar Sports on C/S 9/Solar Sports/Basketball TV
October 11 Banana Split on ABS-CBN
October 13 LaLola on GMA
Family Feud on GMA
October 20 Gagambino on GMA
October 27 Pieta on ABS-CBN
November 8 Batang Bibbo on GMA
November 10 Pinoy Fear Factor on ABS-CBN
Saan Darating Ang Umaga? on GMA
November 17 Luna Mystika on GMA
November 23 Everybody Hapi on TV5
November 24 OMG on TV5
Ha Ha Hayop on TV5
November 25 Kiddie Kwela on TV5
November 27 Rescue Mission on TV5
December 1 Eva Fonda on ABS-CBN

Programs transferring networks[edit]

Date Show Moved from Moved to
April 5 Pinoy Idol ABC-5 (now The 5 Network) (as Philippine Idol) GMA Network (as Pinoy Idol)
November 3 Rosalinda ABS-CBN GMA Network
Unknown Barney and Friends ABS-CBN TV5
Unknown Daddy Long Legs ABS-CBN (as Judie Abbott) Q (now GMA News TV) (as Daddy Long Legs)
Unknown Postman Pat Studio 23 (now ABS-CBN Sports+Action) TV5
Unknown The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Studio 23 (now ABS-CBN Sports+Action) TV5





Unknown dates[edit]


  • SouthSpot

Stations changing network affiliation[edit]

The following is a list of television stations that have made or will make noteworthy network affiliation changes in 2008.

Date Station Channel Prior affiliation New affiliation Source
January 1 RPN 9 None C/S (now CNN Philippines)
January 1 SBN 21 None ETC
January 1 RJTV 29 None 2nd Avenue


The following is a list of television stations that have made or will make noteworthy network rebranded in 2008.

Date Rebranded from Rebranded to Channel Source
August 9 ABC 5 TV5 5


Cable Channel are Moving[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tony Boy takes a partner Archived 2012-02-26 at the Wayback Machine. INQUIRER.net
  2. ^ From ABC-5 to TV5
  3. ^ From ABC5 to TV5
  4. ^ "Tonyboy still CEO of TV5". Archived from the original on 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2014-05-31.