First United Broadcasting Corporation

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First United Broadcasting Corporation
Industry Broadcast television and radio network
Founded 1970s
Defunct 1996
Headquarters Makati, Philippines
Key people
Philip J. Chien
Owner First Global Conglomerates
Subsidiaries G Sat

First United Broadcasting Corporation, which operates under the brand GNN or Global News Network, is a broadcast radio and television network in the Philippines. Its original station FUBC TV-9 in Zamboanga was an affiliate of BBC from 1974-1986, ABS-CBN in 1986-1994 and GMA Network from 1995 until April 1996. The broadcast company now operates on its latest congressional franchise, Republic Act No. 8079.


First United Broadcasting Corporation was founded by Ma. Clara "Caling" L. Lobregat and Basilio "Bong" Apolinario II. It brought to Zamboanga City its first FM station and its first Color Television in 1977. The television station, 9Alive, was characterized by 9 "lovely" ladies. This network has produced several media personalities such as Cathy Veloso Santillan (one of the original 9Alive Girls who became a broadcaster and Newswatch anchor of RPN-9 in the early 1990s), Zamboanga City District II Congressman Erico Basilio "Erbie" Fabian and ABS-CBN Correspondent for Western Mindanao and former anchor Pal Marquez all started out here.

Later years[edit]

The network is on a massive expansion drive. In 1995, its original TV station, channel 9 in Zamboanga city was sold to GMA. FUBC's FM station, DXLA-FM 95.5 MHz, and its AM station, DXRH-AM 1080 kHz became defunct. However, its present goal seems to reinvent itself in the UHF region nationwide.

First United Broadcasting Network has reinvented its image and now operates one of the Philippines' Direct-To-Home (DTH) Satellite Networks called G Sat and one of the Philippines' all news channel in cable and now in terrestrial networks called Global News Network (GNN). It now operates a few TV stations.

TV Stations[edit]

Owned and Operated[edit]

Branding Callsign Ch. # Power kW Station Type Location
GNN 48 Naga DWIL-TV TV-48 10 kW Originating Naga
GNN 43 Zamboanga DXRH-TV TV-43 10 kW Originating Zamboanga
GNN 45 Cagayan de Oro DXGN-TV TV-45 10 kW Relay Cagayan de Oro
GNN 43 General Santos DXMO-TV TV-43 10 kW Relay General Santos
GNN 43 Roxas DYGN-TV TV-43 10 kW Silent Roxas
GNN 45 Cebu DYBM-TV TV-45 10 kW Relay Cebu City, Cebu
GNN 48 Baguio DZGN-TV TV-48 10 kW Silent Baguio


Branding Callsign Ch. # Power kW Station Type Location
Infomax 44 Pampanga DWIM-TV TV-44 10 kW Originating San Fernando


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