DZRH-TV

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DZRH-TV
Metro Manila
Branding MBC 11 Manila
Channels Analog: 11 (VHF)
Affiliations Defunct
(frequency now occupied by DZOE-TV, owned by ZOE Broadcasting Network and operated by GMA Network, Inc..)
Owner Manila Broadcasting Company
First air date April 11, 1962; 56 years ago (1962-04-11)
Last air date September 21, 1972; 45 years ago (1972-09-21)
Call letters' meaning Name after DZRH which is the oldest AM network in the Philippines
Transmitter power 50,000 watts
Website dzrh.tripod.com

DZRH-TV was the flagship VHF TV station of Philippine media network Manila Broadcasting Company that aired from April 11, 1962 to September 21, 1972, and had relay stations in 6 key cities in the Philippines. Its studios were located at the old Jai Alai Building. It was one of the TV stations were shut down permanently during the declaration of martial law by President Ferdinand Marcos.

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Pioneer operators of channel 11[edit]

DZRH-TV went on air on April 11, 1962 on Channel 11, the last of the VHF assignments in Metro Manila. It was a general entertainment formatted channel until Metrocom forces forced the TV station along with DZRH AM 650 and other assets to cease operations at the wake of the declaration of Martial Law. The status of the pre-Martial law program archives of TV 11 is unknown.

Failed bid of restoration[edit]

After the 1986 People Power Revolution, MBC tried to revive the channel 11 frequency; however in 1992, the NTC disqualified them for a VHF frequency application because the agency found MBC as "not legally, technically and financially qualified to operate the station."[1] As a result, the channel 11 frequency license was eventually acquired by El Shaddai-led Delta Broadcasting System, Inc. in 1995, with the frequency's new callsign DWXI-TV. DBS later moved to channel 35, when ZOE Broadcasting Network (through its head Jesus Is Lord Church leader Brother Eddie Villanueva) bought the channel 11 spot from DBS in 1998 and became the present DZOE-TV. It is now occupied by GMA News TV.

Ironically, MBC was one of the two remaining pre-Martial Law TV operators who did not revive at the height of the sequestrations that were done months after the 1986 Revolution, along with ABC-5, that did not yet resume until commencing test broadcasts in 1991 and relaunching the following year with different calls, DWET-TV; and a different corporate name, Associated Broadcasting Company, instead of keeping the original Corporation and its original calls, DZTM-TV during the pre-martial law years; as a result of the new management under Edward Tan that took over upon the revival of Channel 5.

DZRH returned to TV, albeit on cable as DZRH RadyoVision in 2007 and is currently branded as DZRH News Television. MBC regards the cable channel as a linear descendant of the original TV 11.

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