Balitang Bisdak

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Balitang Bisdak
Balitang Bisdak new title card (2017).png
Logo used since January 2, 2017
Genre Newscast
Live action
Created by GMA Cebu
Developed by GMA News and Public Affairs
Directed by Dave Abella
Presented by Bobby Nalzaro
Cecile Quibod-Castro
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Cebuano
No. of episodes N/A (airs daily)
Location(s) GMA Cebu Broadcast Center, Cebu City
Running time 30 minutes
Original network GMA Cebu
Picture format 480i SDTV
Audio format Stereo
Original release October 4, 1999 - November 7, 2014
November 10, 2014 - January 29, 2016 (as 24 Oras Central Visayas)
February 1, 2016 – present

Balitang Bisdak, formerly 24 Oras Central Visayas, is a regional news program aired over GMA Cebu. It provides news and features around Cebu City and Province of the same name and the rest of Central Visayas and the Cebuano-speaking areas of Eastern Visayas (including Southern Leyte) as well as Dumaguete City and most of Negros Oriental. The newscast airs every Monday to Friday from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM with its broadcast center located at Nivel Hills, Apas, Cebu City. It is also aired on a slightly-delayed basis on DYSS 999 AM at 6:00 PM.


The newscast was first aired on Channel 7 in Cebu on October 4, 1999, Bobby Nalzaro left as a national reporter and he departs back to Cebu to be a regional news anchor and became a solo anchor of the newscast until 2005 when Cecille Quibod-Castro became anchor with Nalzaro, and in 2009 when Atty. Rose Versoza joined in the newscast and stayed until 2015.

To strengthen its commitment of bringing the latest, most credible and most comprehensive news from the region, in July 2013, the newscast started its international broadcast on GMA News TV International alongside other regional newscasts Balitang Amianan (formerly 24 Oras North Central Luzon and 24 Oras Amianan) and 24 Oras Davao (formerly Testigo and 24 Oras Southern Mindanao).[1]

Balitang Bisdak ended its 15th year run on November 7, 2014 as it adopts the branding of its now-main newscast 24 Oras into 24 Oras Central Visayas effective November 10.

However, on February 1, 2016, 24 Oras Central Visayas reverted its branding back to Balitang Bisdak, after more than a year hiatus opposite GMA Dagupan's Balitang Amianan.[2]

On January 2, 2017, the newscast updated its opening billboard and lower third graphics similar to 24 Oras, together with other newscasts Balitang Amianan and 24 Oras Davao.

Titlecard as 24 Oras Central Visayas used until January 29, 2016.
Titlecard as Balitang Bisdak used from 2008 to November 7, 2014 and from February 1, 2016 to December 30, 2016.

Area of coverage[edit]


Main anchors[edit]

Main reporters[edit]

  • Chona Carreon
  • Alan Domingo - relief anchor for Bobby Nalzaro
  • Lou-Anne Mae Rondina
  • Nikko Sereno
  • Yuri Deldig a.k.a. Yuri Richards - House Attack segment reporter
  • Leo Udtohan - Bohol correspondent
  • Chello Vallena - Supervising Producer
  • Demie Jane Hernani - Production Assistant and Tele Operator
  • Ademar Ochotorena - Production Coordinator and Floor Director

Former personalities[edit]

  • Atty. Rose Versoza
  • Monching Auxtero
  • Ana Desamparado
  • Ara Labra
  • Jun Veliganio
  • Mark Anthony Bautista
  • Bexmae Jumao-as
  • Greggy Magdadaro
  • Ching Pelayo
  • Lalaine Go
  • Aynee Triumfante
  • Vic Serna

See also[edit]