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TV Patrol
TV Patrol 2016.png
Official logo since July 4, 2016.
Also known asTV Patrol World (2004–10)
Live television
Created byFreddie M. Garcia
Angelo Castro Jr.
Rolly Cruz (co-creator)
Written byBaj Bajandre
Bimbo Papasin
Directed byHenry Ballesteros
Kits Fernandez
Presented byNoli de Castro
Bernadette Sembrano
Henry Omaga-Diaz
Voices ofPeter Musñgi
Narrated byNoli de Castro
Theme music composerFrank Gari (arranged by Jimmy Antiporda)
Country of originPhilippines
Original languageFilipino
Executive producerJabs Bolok
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time1 hour 30 minutes
Production companyABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
Original networkABS-CBN (1987–2020)
ANC (2020–present)
Kapamilya Channel (2020–present)
TeleRadyo (2007–present)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseMarch 2, 1987 (1987-03-02) –
present (present)
External links

TV Patrol is a Philippine television newscast broadcast by ABS-CBN. It premiered on March 2, 1987, replacing Balita Ngayon. TV Patrol is the flagship national newscast of the network and is the longest-running Filipino language evening newscast. The newscast is anchored by Noli de Castro, Bernadette Sembrano, and Henry Omaga-Diaz. Previous anchors include Mel Tiangco, Korina Sanchez, Julius Babao, and Ted Failon.

The program normally airs on the network in the evening until May 5, 2020, when the network was forced to cease and desist its broadcasting operations by orders of the National Telecommunications Commisssion. It was also simulcast through the network's flagship AM station DZMM and on its provincial AM stations. TV Patrol currently broadcasts on Kapamilya Channel, ANC, TeleRadyo, and online through the ABS-CBN News' website, mobile app, Facebook, and YouTube.[1] It is also aired internationally through The Filipino Channel.



Following the People Power Revolution in February 1986 and the resumption of operations months later, ABS-CBN News executives, among them then-News Manager Angelo Castro Jr.,[2][3][4][5] began holding meetings with higher-ups on plans to launch an all-new news program that will serve as a replacement to Balita Ngayon. On March 1, 1987, ABS-CBN announced the launch of TV Patrol during the public variety extravaganza "Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin" (lit. transl. The Return of the Star) at Luneta Park, Manila.[6]

1987–2001: Noli de Castro[edit]

The 1987 logo of TV Patrol.

TV Patrol premiered on March 2, 1987 at 6:00 ᴘ.ᴍ. (UTC +8) with Noli de Castro, Mel Tiangco, and Robert Arevalo as the original anchors.[7] and replacing Balita Ngayon, while segment anchors included Ernie Baron, who served as the newscast's chief meteorologist and provided viewers trivia pertaining to science and history, and actress-personality Angelique Lazo who first hosted Star News, an entertainment news segment.[8][9] However, on June 1, 1987, Arevalo left the newscast and was replaced by Frankie Evangelista, who served as a segment host for PULSO: Pangkalahatang Ugnayan Laan sa Opinyon (lit. transl. PULSE: Overall Correlation Reserved for Opinions).

With the introduction of international broadcasts in 1989 to the Pacific islands of Guam and Saipan, and later with the birth of The Filipino Channel in 1994, TV Patrol became the first Philippine newscast and program to be broadcast overseas. It still does so today, now in an expanded reach through TFC and the live web streaming on its official webpage.

In 1993, Christine Bersola joined the newscast to host Star News, replacing Lazo, until 1996.

In 1995, Korina Sánchez joined the newscast, replacing Tiangco who left ABS-CBN for GMA Network. De Castro would eventually became the sole anchor of the newscast in 1996, reducing its airtime to 30 minutes.

On January 4, 1999, the newscast returned its airtime to one hour. On February 14, 2000, TV Patrol started its simulcast over AM radio stations DZMM (Manila), DYAB (Cebu), and DXAB (Davao) and began its online presence through the ABS-CBN News website. On February 5, 2001, de Castro left the newscast to run for Senator.

2001–04: Korina Sánchez[edit]

On March 5, 2001, Korina Sánchez, Henry Omaga-Díaz, and Aljo Bendijo took over as the new anchors.[10] On April 21, 2003, Julius Babao replaced Omaga-Díaz and Bendijo.[11] In the same year, TV Patrol also simulcast on the Kapamilya Network's UHF station Studio 23 (owned by the AMCARA Broadcasting Network, now known as S+A), which lasted for a few months.

2004–10: TV Patrol World[edit]

On November 22, 2004, The program was relaunched as TV Patrol World with Julius Babao, Ted Failon and Karen Davila as its main anchors, while special segments are anchored by Ernie Baron, Phoemela Baranda, and Bernadette Sembrano. Baron died of a heart attack on January 23, 2006 and months later, he was replaced by Kim Atienza as the newscast's resident weatherman. On November 25, 2007, ABS-CBN aired a documentary special for TV Patrol's 20th anniversary entitled TV Patrol: 20 Taon ng Pagpapatrol (lit. transl. TV Patrol: 20 Years of Patrolling). It was produced by ABS-CBN and Jesuit Communications.

2010–15: Relaunch, return of former anchors and 25th anniversary[edit]

A Balitandaan marker at Cagsawa, Albay. A portmonteau of balita (news) and tandaan (marker), Balitandaan markers were unveiled to commemorate TV Patrol's 25th anniversary.

On June 30, 2010, TV Patrol World was reverted to its original title (TV Patrol) and introduced their official website first main website, and also launched its Facebook and Twitter pages.

On October 4 of the same year, a new program segment, Winner sa Life! (lit. transl. Winner in Life!) with Winnie Cordero was launched with reports on lifestyle and tips on proper living.

On November 3, 2010, ABS-CBN announced the return of former anchors Noli de Castro and Korina Sánchez as weeknight anchors of TV Patrol, replacing Julius Babao and Karen Davila; they joined Ted Failon on November 8, 2010.[12]

On July 29, 2012, a documentary special entitled Mga Nagbabagang Balita: 25 Taon ng TV Patrol (transl. The Breaking News: 25 Years of TV Patrol) was aired in celebration of its 25th anniversary. It was replayed on August 12.[13]

2015–2020: Noli de Castro, Bernadette Sembrano, and Ted Failon[edit]

On August 3, 2015, former TV Patrol Weekend anchor Bernadette Sembrano was named as new co-anchor, replacing Sanchez who initially went on an indefinite leave earlier in the year before eventually leaving the newscast for good.

On March 2, 2017, TV Patrol celebrated its 30th anniversary through a live newscast in its studio in Manila, and its sister stations in Tacloban and Zamboanga City. Sembrano was situated at the ABS-CBN studio in Manila while Failon was in Tacloban and de Castro in Zamboanga.

Beginning August 24, 2017, the show featured celebrities as Star Patrol guest anchors, a segment that has been returned after quite some time. Yassi Pressman, Toni Gonzaga, Bela Padilla, Kim Chiu, Bianca Gonzales, Erich Gonzales, Kylie Verzosa, Mariel de León, Janella Salvador, Aiko Meléndez, Karylle, Karla Estrada, and Anne Curtis filled in the slot of Fullido occasionally. Earlier in 2015, actresses Yam Concepción and Loren Burgos, and athlete Gretchen Ho took the helm as pinch-hitters for the segment.[14][15][16] On April 2, 2018, TV Patrol began broadcasting in high definition.

COVID-19 pandemic[edit]

On March 16, 2020, TV Patrol began to air on a late night timeslot (as a replay), temporarily replacing the timeslot of late-night newscast Bandila due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. On the same day, it began to be simulcast on the ABS-CBN News Channel, the first ever simulcast since the cable channel's 1996 launch. The decision to adopt late night replays led to yet another adjustment, with the telecast frequently extending their airtime to at least two hours. This led to a shift in Primetime Bida's schedule during the pandemic.

In April, sign language interpreters were added to the broadcast.

ABS-CBN shutdown[edit]

On May 5, 2020, TV Patrol was the last program to be aired on ABS-CBN, MOR, and S+A before they signed-off indefinitely that night (DZMM and its television counterpart, TeleRadyo, also aired this edition of the newscast but signed off together at 8:20 ᴘ.ᴍ. following S.R.O.: Suhestyon, Reaksyon at Opinyon), after the cease and desist order of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to close the free TV and radio broadcasting operations of ABS-CBN as the network's broadcasting franchise expired the day before.

The special edition focused on the cease and desist order of the NTC closing the network's free TV and radio broadcasting operations and featured statements by ABS-CBN president and chief executive officer Carlo Katigbak and chairman Mark López, appealing the cease and desist order. The program also aired without commercial breaks.[17]

As a result, on May 7, 2020, the newscast temporarily migrated to ABS-CBN News Channel, The Filipino Channel, Cine Mo!, and on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and iWant, with ANC assuming the program's production.[1][18] TeleRadyo would return simulcasting the newscast on May 8, 2020.

TV Patrol was supposed to simulcast on Kapamilya Channel, the network's ad interim replacement to ABS-CBN for cable and satellite providers beginning June 15, 2020,[19] but the newscast was instead excluded from its programming schedule when the channel was launched on June 13, 2020.[20] It was instead replaced by a 30-minute edition of the network's hourly newsbreak News Patrol beginning Monday June 15, with 6:00 ᴘ.ᴍ. to 6:30 ᴘ.ᴍ. broadcast time. According to Atienza and Fullido, the newscast was excluded from the Kapamilya Channel because the newscast is already broadcasting on ANC, other digital channels, and social media platforms. On the same day, TV Patrol was shortened to an airtime of 90 to 110 minutes, giving way for the aforementioned airing of News Patrol and the simulcast of FPJ's Ang Probinsyano on Cine Mo! and Kapamilya Channel. The decision, however, would be later reversed giving way for the newscast to be aired on Kapamilya Channel beginning July 27.[21]

Failon's departure[edit]

On August 30, 2020, it was announced by ABS-CBN Corporation that Ted Failon would be leaving the network as part of its retrenchment program.[22] His final appearance was on August 31, appearing via Zoom with Alvin Elchico filling in for Failon on the day's episode.[23] The departure of Failon also led the August 31, 2020 edition to end with the song "Tinig ng mga Nawalan" (English: Voice of the Lost), sung by Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla in support for the retrenched employees. From September 7 to October 2, former weekday anchors Julius Babao, Karen Davila, Henry Omaga-Diaz, and current weekend anchor Alvin Elchico rotated as third anchor on the weeknight edition while Failon's replacement was yet to be determined.

2020–present: Noli de Castro, Bernadette Sembrano, and Henry Omaga-Diaz[edit]

On September 30, 2020, Davila announced on her Instagram account that former anchor Henry Omaga-Diaz was named as the permanent replacement to Failon beginning on October 5; ABS-CBN confirmed the development on October 4.[24][25]

TV Patrol Weekend[edit]

TV Patrol Weekend
TV Patrol Weekend.jpg
Title card since July 9, 2016
Also known asTV Patrol Sabado/Linggo (2004–10)
Live television
Created byFreddie M. García
Ángelo Castro, Jr.
Rolly Cruz (co-creator)
Written byBaj Bajandre
Bimbo Papasin
Directed byKits Fernández
Presented byAlvin Elchico
Zen Hernandez
Voices ofPeter Musñgi
Narrated byAlvin Elchico
Theme music composerFrank Gari (arranged by Neocolours's Jimmy Antiporda)
Country of originPhilippines
Original languageFilipino
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time1 hour
Production companyABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
Original networkABS-CBN (2004–2020)
ANC (2020–present)
Kapamilya Channel (2020–present)
TeleRadyo (2020–present)
Picture format480i
HDTV 1080i
Original releaseMay 9, 2004 (2004-05-09) –
present (present)
External links

Initially being aired during special occasions since its inception,[6] the weekend editions premiered on May 9, 2004 at 6:30 ᴘ.ᴍ. and May 15, 2004 at 7:30 ᴘ.ᴍ. as TV Patrol Sabado and TV Patrol Linggo, respectively, with Ces Oreña-Drilón and Henry Omaga-Díaz as its first anchors. At the beginning both editions were complemented by The Weekend News as ABS-CBN's weekend newscasts with TV Patrol Sabado and TV Patrol Linggo as the early-evening newscast and The Weekend News as the late-night newscast until the latter was canceled three years later. During this period, the weekend editions used to occupy middle evening time slots between 8:00 and 10:00 ᴘ.ᴍ. Ces Oreña-Drilón left the weekend edition for ABS-CBN Insider in 2005 and was replaced by Bernadette Sembrano.

On July 8, 2006, Alex Santos replaced Henry Omaga-Diaz, who left the weekend edition for Bandila.

On November 26, 2011, Santos and Sembrano were replaced by Pinky Webb and Alvin Elchico.[26]

On May 6, 2015, Webb left the network to join CNN Philippines.[27] Zen Hernandez became her permanent replacement on July 9, 2016.

On April 1, 2018, the weekend edition started to be shown in High Definition.

Beginning March 21, 2020, the program expanded to 45 minutes in weekends, and on March 28 began airing on both DZMM TeleRadyo and the ABS-CBN News Channel for the first time in 16 years (Sundays only, with program beginning a Saturday broadcast on ANC beginning April 25 that same year). The broadcast's return to DZMM TeleRadyo was the first to be aired there after seven years of absence.

On May 9, 2020, the weekend edition began to be aired in Cine Mo! after the expiration of its franchise, while on TeleRadyo it began to broadcast on Saturdays. The newscast also extended its broadcast time to 50 minutes, and later on to a full hour. It airs Saturdays and Sundays at 6:00 to 7:00 ᴘ.ᴍ.

On July 25 and 26, 2020, the show temporarily aired from the DZMM booth after it was confirmed that someone working at the news studio tested positive for COVID-19.[28][29]

On August 1, 2020, the weekend edition began airing on the Kapamilya Channel wherein it airs Saturdays at 6:00 to 6:45 ᴘ.ᴍ. and Sundays at 5:30 to 6:15 ᴘ.ᴍ. However, on October 31, 2020, the weekend edition expanded to an hour as it airs Saturdays at 6:00 to 7:00 ᴘ.ᴍ. and Sundays at 5:30 to 6:30 ᴘ.ᴍ. [21]

Theme music[edit]

TV Patrol originally used Vangelis's "Pulstar" as its very first theme music, from March 2, 1987 to November 4, 1994. On November 7, 1994, "Pulstar" was replaced by Ryan Cayabyab's "ABS-CBN News Theme," which served as the theme of TV Patrol and the ABS-CBN News and Public Affairs division until 1996. The theme is currently used as a theme music for The World Tonight which was moved to ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) in 1999, with slight and more modern recomposition.

In 1996, when Noli de Castro became the sole anchor of the newscast, it adopted Gari Communications' "Allegro" from KPIX-TV, a CBS-owned TV station in San Francisco, California. Although, the news theme had also been used by KBAK-TV, a former ABC and currently a CBS affiliate in Bakersfield, California until 1997.

On March 12, 2001, when de Castro left the show for the elections and Korina Sanchez, Henry Omaga Diaz and Aljo Bendijo replaced him as the new anchors, the Filipino composition of Allegro was done with elements from the orchestra version and combines the elements of the original 1996–2001 version, the 1994–96 ABS-CBN News Theme, and the ABS-CBN's jingle.

The theme underwent re-compositions in 2002, which was also used by TV Patrol Sabado/Linggo from 2004 to 2006, 2004, and 2006, which was rearranged and composed by Neocolours's Jimmy Antiporda.

The theme music from June 30, 2010 to present, which incorporates the elements of "Pulstar," TV Patrol's 2001 theme, and TV Patrol World's 2004 and 2006 theme music.


Current weeknight anchors of TV Patrol

Weeknight anchors[edit]

Weekend anchors[edit]

  • Alvin Elchico (2011–present; fill in anchor for De Castro and Omaga-Diaz)
  • Zen Hernandez (2016–present; fill in anchor for Sembrano)

Segment anchors[edit]

Former anchors[edit]

Weeknight anchors[edit]

Weekend edition[edit]

Segment anchors[edit]

Regional editions[edit]

From 1988 to 2020, the regional editions of the newscast that are delivered in other Philippine languages, collectively credited as TV Patrol Regional, were broadcast on all ABS-CBN Regional stations nationwide, with simulcast on the network's four provincial Radyo Patrol AM Radio stations, DYAB TeleRadyo Cebú and selected MOR FM radio stations.

All regional editions aired in the late afternoon until ABS-CBN ceased free TV and radio operations on May 5, 2020, with selected editions simulcast over The Filipino Channel for overseas viewers. Several newscasts were also aired nationwide from August 2016 to January 2018 on the ABS-CBN Regional Channel via Sky Cable, Destiny Cable, and Sky Direct. The ABS-CBN Regional YouTube page also includes archived videos of past editions for those who have not watched the program as well as for overseas viewers.

On May 8, 2020, the regional editions resumed broadcasts through their respective Facebook pages and the ABS-CBN Regional YouTube channel. However, on July 15, 2020, ABS-CBN announced that the company will go into retrenchment on August 31 in light of the denial of its bid for a legislative franchise, laying-off much of its employees. It was further revealed on July 17, 2020, during an interview on Failon Ngayon sa TeleRadyo that the regional division of ABS-CBN News will fold after regular business hours on the said retrenchment date. Included in the shutdown is the halt of all its regional programs and their respective TV Patrol editions with their last broadcasts aired on August 28, 2020.[30]

Final editions[edit]




Defunct editions[edit]

International broadcast[edit]

TV Patrol Weekend airs in Australia with a delayed telecast the next morning on SBS's World Watch at 8:05 ᴘ.ᴍ. and every Sunday and Monday on SBS/SBSHD, with replays at 2:30 PM on SBS Viceland, while TV Patrol is aired every Tuesday to Saturday.

TV Patrol's weeknight and weekend editions are aired worldwide via The Filipino Channel, with the weeknight edition also broadcast to overseas Filipino viewers on KNLA-CD/KNLA (Crossings TV), KIKU-TV, KBTV-CD (Crossings TV), and KTSF/KCNZ-CD (Crossings TV).


In 1989, poet and literary critic Virgilio S. Almario was critical of TV Patrol's use of Filipino "siyokoy" words, loanwords from the Spanish or English language that are formed through a misunderstanding of Spanish grammar. As examples, Almario highlighted the use of the words "aspeto," "parliyamento," "pesante," and "konsernado," which he respectively corrected as "aspekto," "parlamento," "magsasaka," "paisano" or "magbubukid," and "konsernido." However, he still commends the program for "passionately" delivering news in the Filipino language.[31]


The national TV Patrol and its anchors and reporters throughout the two decades of broadcast got various local, national, and even international recognitions, such as the Asian TV Awards, New York Festivals, and the International Emmy Awards, as reported in the ABS-CBN Corporate Annual Reports. On its 1987 launch, TV Patrol got a winning nod from the 1st Star Awards for Television formed by the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC). Main anchor Noli de Castro won the Best Male News Anchor that year.[32] The provincial editions of TV Patrol Regional and their respective news teams also got notable local and national recognitions (including from KBP Golden Dove Awards and Catholic Mass Media Awards.) Among the award-winning provincial editions and regional news teams hail from TV Patrol North Luzon, TV Patrol Palawan, TV Patrol Panay, TV Patrol Negros, TV Patrol Central Visayas, TV Patrol Eastern Visayas, TV Patrol South Central Mindanao and TV Patrol Southern Mindanao.


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