Balitang K

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Balitang K
Created by ABS-CBN News & Current Affairs
Directed by Bill Velasco
Starring Korina Sanchez
Various contributors
Country of origin Philippines
Running time 30 minutes
Original network ABS-CBN
Original release July 8, 1996 (1996-07-08) – March 9, 2001 (2001-03-09)
Related shows Rated K

Balitang K was a news and current affairs magazine show in the Philippines, hosted by Korina Sanchez. It aired weekdays on ABS-CBN from July 8, 1996 to March 9, 2001. This was her first show after Magandang Umaga Po ended on January 27, 1995.

The program was an offshoot of the Balitang K segment of TV Patrol when Sanchez replaced Mel Tiangco after the latter suspended from the network until Noli de Castro became the sole anchor of the newscast in 1996. TV Patrol was reformatted in 1996 because of the success of Mexican telenovela, Marimar aired on RPN surpassing TV Patrol on its timeslot. To beef up the ratings of ABS-CBN, Balitang K was launched as a pre-program to TV Patrol. Balitang K aired after the public service program, Hoy Gising!

In 2001, TV Patrol anchor Noli De Castro ran for a senate seat, leaving his anchor's chair vacant. Korina was promoted as Chief Correspondent, and became the anchor of TV Patrol. Kris Aquino took over Korina's hosting job in the reformatted spin-off, Balitang Kris. However, this new program was cancelled due to low ratings. Kris would resume hosting duties in another reformatted talk show, Kris and Tell.

The concept of Balitang K was reused for another incarnation, Rated K, also hosted by Sanchez.

Main Host[edit]

Segment hosts/reporters[edit]

Above mentioned personalities (except for Bautista, Dumaual and Logan) served as pinch-hitters for Korina, but also worked together with the latter in a special week-long Philippine Centennial special from June 8–12, 1998.

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