CNN Philippines Network News
|CNN Philippines Network News|
|Created by||Nine Media Corporation
Radio Philippines Network
|Developed by||CNN Philippines/CNN|
|Presented by||Weeknight Anchor
|Narrated by||Bong Aportadera|
|Theme music composer||Hit Productions, Inc.|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Location(s)||CNN Philippines Newscenter
|Running time||Approximate 60 minutes (with commercials) (Weeknights)
30 minutes (Weekends)
|Original channel||CNN Philippines|
|Original release||June 18, 2012– present|
|Preceded by||RPN NewsWatch (RPN)|
|Related shows||CNN Philippines Nightly News|
CNN Philippines Network News 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 former radio jock Roanna Jamir.
As a weekday newscast
The newscast 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 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 was 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 ceases 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 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 switch 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 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.
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.