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CNN Philippines Network News
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Created by Nine Media Corporation
Radio Philippines Network
Developed by CNN Philippines/CNN
Presented by Pia Hontiveros (weeknights)
Mai Rodriguez (weekends)
Narrated by Pia Hontiveros (weekenights)
Mai Rodriguez (weekends)
Theme music composer Philip Guyler (Audio Network)
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes N/A (airs daily)
Executive producer(s) Joseph Cataan[1]
Location(s) CNN Philippines News Studio,
Mandaluyong City
CNN Philippines News Studio
Broadcast City, Quezon City
Running time Approximate 60 minutes (with commercials) (Weeknights)
30 minutes (Weekends)
Original network CNN Philippines
Audio format Stereo
Original release June 18, 2012 (2012-06-18) – present
Preceded by RPN NewsWatch (RPN) (June 1, 1970–October 29, 2012)
Related shows CNN Philippines Newsroom
CNN Philippines Balitaan

CNN Philippines Network News, (titled as CNN Philippines Network News with Pia Hontiveros for its weekday broadcasts) or simply Network News is the flagship evening newscast of CNN Philippines, airing seven days a week at 6:00pm PST. Premiered on June 18, 2012, the program's 60-minute weekday broadcast is anchored by the network's chief correspondent Pia Hontiveros and a 30-minute weekend edition is anchored by Mai Rodriguez.


As a weekday newscast[edit]

The newscast was first known as Solar Network News and was launched on June 18, 2012 on Talk TV, by then aired on SBN UHF Channel 21, as a result of the formation as Solar Television Network's news and current affairs division, which in turn was brought by privatization of Radio Philippines Network (RPN-9) by Solar Entertainment. It was carried over upon the channel's rebranding as Solar News Channel in October 30, with its graphics updated on January 7, 2013.

Solar Network News was simulcasted on Radio Philippines Network (by then affiliated by Solar Entertainment-operated ETC) from October 30, 2012 until January 11, 2013 after RPN-9 ceased production of its evening newscast RPN NewsWatch due to the retrenchment of the program's production team and other employees of the privatized network. The simulcast, however, was given to Solar Nightly News (which is at the mid-evening timeslot) on January 14 onwards to allow the via satellite broadcast of American Idol season 12 to Free TV (over-the-air) viewers (The original plan was to limit the AI via satellite broadcast to cable viewers while RPN will continue to air the newscast at 6 PM.). On December 1, 2013, Solar News Channel switched its affiliation to RPN-9, making it a program at its own right.

Solar Network News dropped the Solar branding in July 21, 2014 upon the impending acquisition of Solar Television Network (which turned into Nine Media Corporation) to the ALC Group of Companies a month later, with a new titlecard and graphic introduced on August 25, 2014 following channel's rebrand to 9TV. The current incarnation was launched on March 16, 2015 in lieu with the launch of CNN Philippines along with a CNN-themed graphics and a revamped news studio.

Weekend expansion[edit]

Prior to the current incarnation, Solar News and subsequently 9News did not produce a weekend newscast except for severe weather coverage. Notable for such instance was Typhoon Hagupit (local name, Ruby) in December 2014.

On June 13, 2015, CNN Philippines Network News expanded to seven days a week, branding the weekend editions as Network News Weekend albeit in a capacity as a half-hour newscast, unlike the 1-hour weeknight edition. Roanna Jamir was the inaugural anchor while doubling her duty as Weekend Updates top of the hour presenter.

On November 29, 2015, Roanna Jamir made her final broadcast on Network News Weekend, prior to leaving the network.[2]

On December 5, 2015, CNN Philippines senior correspondent Ina Andolong replaced Roanna Jamir as the interim Saturday anchor on Network News Weekend while Nicolette Henson-Hizon and Menchu Macapagal rotated as Sunday anchor. By January 2016, Andolong consolidated the weekend chair.

As the Philippine version of New Day, a morning television show on CNN/US launched on February 15, 2016,[3] CNN Philippines newscasts updated their title cards with deep blue touch, similar in those newscasts in CNN International and revise their musical scoring. Claire Celdran replaced Mai Rodriguez to anchor the noontime edition of CNN Philippines Newsroom, while Rodriguez took over the Network News Weekend anchor chair since February 20, 2016.[4]

Title card used as Solar Network News since January 7, 2013 until August 22, 2014. Solar branding was dropped by July 21, 2014
Title card used since August 25, 2014 until March 13, 2015
First title card of CNN Philippines Network News, used from March 16, 2015 - February 14, 2016

Current anchors[edit]

Substitute Anchors[edit]

  • Pinky Webb (pinch-hitter, 2016-present)
  • Mitzi Borromeo (relief anchor for Hontiveros, 2014-present)

Former anchors[edit]


  1. ^ "MNP Q&A: JOSEPH CATAAN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR 'CNN PHILIPPINES NETWORK NEWS'". Media Newser Philippines. June 16, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ "First on MNP: Roanna Jamir leaving CNN Philippines". November 28, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "'New Day' on CNN Philippines plug from CNN Philippines Facebook page". 
  4. ^ a b "First on MNP: CNN Philippines to launch local edition of 'New Day'". February 8, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2016.