Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation

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Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation
Type Broadcast commerial radio and television network
Country Philippines
Availability National
Founded March 1, 1960
by Dick Baldwin
Owner Government of the Philippines
(Presidential Communications Operations Office) (100%)
Key people
Manolito "Lito" Ocampo-Cruz (President and CEO)
Jose Avellana (Chairman)
Jaime Alanis, Diosdado Marasigan, Ernesto Maipid, Jr., Jose Raphael Hernandez, Lauro Visconde, Alturo Alejandrino (Board of Directors)
Dave Fulgoso (Finance Manager)
Launch date
March 1, 1960 (as Inter-Island Broadcasting Corporation)
February 1, 1975 (as Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation)
Former names
Inter-Island Broadcasting Corporation (1960-1975)
Islands TV-13 (1990-1992)
Picture format
NTSC 480i ( 4:3 SDTV)
Language Filipino (main)
English (secondary)

Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) is a Philippine VHF television network of the Government Communications Group under the Presidential Communications Operations Office. Its studios are located at Broadcast City, Old Balara, Capitol Hills, Diliman, Quezon City and its transmitter is located at the front of the Coca Cola sales office, Roosevelt Avenue, San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City. It is one of two government-owned and controlled television stations.


Beginnings as Inter-Island 13[edit]

DZTV Channel 13 started broadcasts in March 1, 1960 at 6:30pm under the Inter-Island Broadcasting Corporation through the tri-media conglomerate of RMN-IBC-Philippine Herald owned by Andrés Soriano, Sr., the then owner of San Miguel Corporation. The station had relay transmitters to bring its programs to viewers in Cebu and Davao. In the 1970s, IBC launched the color transmission named "Vinta Color" named after the Vintas from Zamboanga, the third network in the Philippines to convert to all-color broadcasts, after ABS-CBN and RPN.

American Dick Baldwin was the station's first owner, and programming first consisted of mostly foreign programs from CBS, and a few local shows. Andres would only acquire the channel in 1962.

Relaunch as Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation[edit]

On February 1, 1975, due to a constitutional limitation prohibiting the ownership of media by non-Filipinos or corporations not 100% Filipino owned, Inter-Island 13 split off from the Sorianos and the Canoys (the owners of RMN), and was renamed Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) and moved to Benedicto Group of Companies by the late Roberto S. Benedicto (1916–2000), who purchased the network consisting of the Manila station and other relay stations in Cebu and Davao. IBC also opened its FM station DWKB-FM the same year. Marking the relaunch, the network debuted its vinta logo, which would be used until 1978 in two iterations. In 1976, IBC metamorphosed into one of the country's most viewed TV network with its primetime lineup and full length local and foreign films aired on this channel. This catapulted IBC in the number one slot among 4 rival networks.

Through the sweat of its employees and the income generated from its programs, the network built and finally moved into its present home at the modern Broadcast City, together with its sister networks RPN and BBC in 1977. The complex was a 55,000 square metre tract located at Capitol Hills, Diliman, Quezon City.

Post-EDSA Revolution[edit]

After the EDSA Revolution, IBC, with 20 television stations that time, was sequestered by the government. A board of administrators was created to run the station. All of the stocks and assets of IBC, and its sister networks RPN-9 and BBC-2 were sequestered by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

President Corazon Aquino turned over IBC and RPN to the Government Communications Group and awarded BBC through an executive order to ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. When BBC closed down, IBC absorbed majority of its displaced employees, thus doubled the operating expenses of the network. Cost of programs went up three-fold. Line-produced shows and co-production ventures with some big film companies like Viva, Regal, and Seiko were favored, aside from their station-produced programs. The top rated shows of IBC were pirated by rival networks. Cost of programs, talent fees and TV rights increased tremendously. IBC could no longer afford to produce its own shows. In 1987, IBC 13 was also named as E13 for the first time and its slogan Life Begins at 13 noted for the butterfly logo in the form of the letter E and the number 13. In 1989, E13 renamed back to IBC 13.

IBC took on a new image at the same year, Pusong Pinoy, Pusong Trese, to recapture the glory days it once had. But because of the sequestration, periodic change of management and the internal problems, the network started to lose the support from its advertisers.

Islands TV-13[edit]

Islands Broadcast Corporation under Mr. Alfonso Denoga and Mr. Gil Balaguer took over the management and the marketing of IBC (which came to be known as Islands TV-13) in 1990, when the time IBC 13 was dead last in the ratings. It was in the later part of its operations that ratings and income suffered due to mismanagement which caused labor unrest. In March 1993, the Makati RTC issued the court order stopping Islands for being the marketing and sales agent of IBC due to unpaid financial obligations to the network as the contract of Islands expired on February 28, 1993. [1]

Return of Operations[edit]

Logo used from 1994 to 2002. The design of the stylized "13" is a descendant of the one found in the station logo design used in the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1992, IBC return to air and became a 100% government owned station by virtue of a compromise agreement between PCGG and Roberto Benedicto, management and marketing were returned to the IBC Board of Directors. The programming remained at a standstill in preparation for the launching of a new image of the station.

It was 1994 when IBC launched Pinoy Ang Dating with a Filipino-like visually enticing music video (with Grace Nono as the composer and singer of the same song), an innovation in terms of station identification. Despite limited resources, programming improved but the battle for audience share continued. Advertisers became more responsive to marketing efforts. The said ident won the Gawad CCP Award for Best Station Identification in the said year.[2] The following year, IBC began to broadcast its programs nationwide via "Nationwide Satellite Broadcast".[3]

Vintage Television (VTV), later merged with Viva Television in 2000, entered the scene in 1996 with PBA Games as its major program and continued until 2002. Rehabilitation of the transmitter and other technical facilities where initiated in the central and provincial stations. Viva Main Event is its only program which still airs in IBC recently, as it became part of the TV5 sports programming block AKTV, making Viva Sports own a mere 20% of the block. At the same time, IBC also installed a new Harris 60-kilowatt transmitter for clearer TV reception, and utilized the services of the APSTAR 1 Satellite for a broader international reach.

Logo used from December 12, 2003 to June 4, 2011.

In 2003, IBC launched its new logo and the new slogan Ang Bagong Pilipino with a freestyle station ID.

In late 2007, IBC Management inked a deal with the Makisig Network, led by Hermie Esguerra. Makisig was accepted as a primetime block-timer of IBC. However, Makisig Network's programs were not aired due to questions on the propriety of the terms and conditions of the agreement. Said agreement expired in October 2008.

Abandonment and privatization[edit]

After four decades of serving the network's dominance and entertainment programing, IBC-13's studios and facilities are abandoned due to negligence and their network's mismanagement. Their studio equipment, cameras, lighting and props are useless, dilapidated and very old. Cash and budgets were cut short and they cannot afford to utilize radio-TV operations. Their programming and airtime were lost after suffering from a network war in the late 1980s and the 1990s and many employees lost their jobs. The management tried to revive the ill-fated network but it failed thereafter in the 2000s.

There were many plans to sell and privatize IBC and its sister station RPN.[4] TV network ABS-CBN was planning to buy the network's blocktime to address signal problems and mimic the former's programs. However, ABS-CBN could not join the privatization bid due to ownership regulations.[5]

IBC has entered into a joint venture agreement with Prime Realty, an affiliate of R-II Builders Group of Reghis Romero Jr. The agreement called for the development of 3.5 hectares of Broadcast City.[6] With this joint venture agreement with a private business enterprise, the Aquino administration expressed its desire to privatize both RPN and IBC and retain the People's Television (PTV) as a sole-mandated government TV network.[7][8]

It has been announced that conglomerate San Miguel Corporation will join the government-sponsored bidding for the privatization of RPN and IBC.[9][10]

Relaunch and privatization bids[edit]

IBC signed a blocktime agreement with TV5's sports division Sports5 to air live sports coverage via its sports programming block AKTV.[11][12] It was launched last June 5, 2011, with the AKTV Run held outside SM Mall of Asia in Bay City, Pasay.

At the same day, IBC launched a new logo & slogan Where the Action Is! to reflect the change.[13]

However, in a statement released in April 11, 2013, MediaQuest chairman Manny Pangilinan announced that AKTV will no longer renew the blocktime agreement in May due to high costs.,[14] and there has been doubts about the future of the network.

However, according to a news article dated September 26, 2012, former IBC chairman Eric Canoy hinted that in pursuant to AO 26 which restored its archives, hopefully IBC could reair them as IBC Classics.[15]

IBC recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the Asian Television Content Corporation under Engr. Reynaldo Sanchez as the major blocktimer of the station. ATC @ IBC primetime block with newest programs premiered last June 2, 2014. On August 31, 2014, programs under the ATC @ IBC 13 block suddenly no longer aired on the network, possibly due to poor ratings and lack of advertisers' support.[1][16][17]

PCOO Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in a Senate budget hearing for the PCOO last September 3, 2014 that the network will be fully privatized before President Aquino stepping down in the office in 2016 and keeping PTV-4 as the sole government TV network. Process of the privatization will be managed by the Governance Commission for Government-Owned or -Controlled Corporations through the Development Bank of the Philippines. Business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan is one of the possible bidders for the privatization in which TV5 (a media company under PLDT's MediaQuest Holdings through ABC Development Corporation), despite expiration of blocktime agreement in 2013 (AKTV), is still using IBC's Broadcast City facilities for sports events, including its 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup coverage.[18] [19]

In January 2016, President Benigno Aquino III, through the Governance Commission for Government-owned and -controlled corporation (GCG) appoved the planned privatization of IBC. The privatization will be undergo public bidding with an estimated floor price of P1.977 billion. The proceeds of the bidding will be for the increase of state-owned PTV-4's capital.[20]

Property venture issues[edit]

On June 2, 2015, the Philippine Crusader for Justice (PCJ), led by Joe Villanueva, filed a petition to the Supreme Court of the Philippines to nullify the joint venture agreement between IBC and Primestate/R-II Builders for the development of 3.5 hectares of Broadcast City, after the Office of the Ombudsman found the contract to be disadvantageous to the government. The Ombudsman filed a graft case in 2013 against former IBC executives and Primestate.[21]


IBC Stations Nationwide[edit]

See also[edit]


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