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The World Tonight (Philippine newscast)

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The World Tonight
Titlecard used since January 12, 2015
Genre News, Live action
Created by ABS-CBN Corporation
Developed by ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
Presented by Weekday anchors
Tina Monzon-Palma
Weekend anchors
Gigi Grande
Ron Cruz
Narrated by Henry Halasan (1966-1972)
Peter Musngi (1986-present)
Theme music composer Ryan Cayabyab
(arranged by ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra)
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Luz Rimban (supervising producer)
Tina Monzon-Palma (managing editor)
Jove Francisco (executive producer)
Location(s) ABS-CBN Newscenter Manila
Quezon City, Philippines
Running time 30 minutes (1966–1972; 1986–2015)
1 hour (2015–present)
Original network ABS-CBN (1966–1972, 1986–1999)
ABS-CBN News Channel (1996–present)
Picture format 480i SDTV
1080i HDTV
Audio format Mono (1966-1972, 1986-1987)
Stereo (1987-present)
Original release ABS-CBN
First incarnation:
November 21, 1966 – September 22, 1972
Second incarnation:
September 15, 1986 – August 13, 1999
ABS-CBN News Channel
May 1, 1996 – present
Followed by Newsbreak (DZXL-TV Channel 9/4, 1967–1972)
Pulso: Aksyon Balita (ABS-CBN, weekdays 1999–2000)
The Weekend News/ABS-CBN Weekend News (ABS-CBN, weekends 1995–2004)

The World Tonight is an English language late-night newscast of the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) and it was formerly the English language late-night newscast of ABS-CBN from November 21, 1966 to September 22, 1972 and from September 15, 1986 to August 13, 1999. It is aired at 9:00pm daily and anchored by Tina Monzon-Palma on weekdays, and by Gigi Grande on Saturdays and Ron Cruz on Sundays.

The World Tonight holds the record as the longest-running English newscast on Philippine television after RPN's NewsWatch's demise in October 2012.

Airing history

The first ABS-CBN era (1966–1972)

The World Tonight premiered on November 21, 1966 at 8:30pm on CBN's (predecessor of ABS-CBN) DZXL-TV Channel 9 as the network's answer to ABC's The Big News, The News with Uncle Bob on RBS, and NewsWatch on RPN. The World Tonight became the first Philippine television newscast to broadcast in color. Co-anchoring the newscast were Hal Bowie, a veteran announcer from ABS-CBN radio, Eric Eloriaga, and Henry Halasan, a former ABS-CBN Cebu talent who was transferred to the network's main offices in Manila as a sales executive. Bowie, who was in his 70s when the newscast first aired, later bowed out of the newscast due to health reasons and concentrated instead on producing news reports for the network. This left Halasan and Eloriaga as main anchormen of the program.

The program was transferred to its sister station, ABS' DZAQ-TV Channel 3 on the 10:00pm time slot a year later when ABS-CBN formally merged. This happened when Channel 9 premiered Newsbreak with Bong Lapira, who transferred from rival newscast The Big News on ABC. The newscast continued after Channel 3 moved to the present Channel 2 and Channel 9 moved to Channel 4 for Metro Manila in 1969 until ABS-CBN's closure by the Marcos government during the declaration of Martial Law on September 22, 1972.

The roster of field reporters for the newscast in its pre-Martial Law days included Orly Mercado, Jun Bautista, Antonio Seva, Tony Lozano, Boo Chanco, Philip Pigao, Lito Tacujan and Danny Hernandez.

Castro-Legarda/Second ABS-CBN era (1986–1996)

The World Tonight returned on September 15, 1986, coinciding with the reopening of ABS-CBN after the People Power Revolution. It was anchored by Larry Ng (an ABS-CBN executive during the pre-Martial Law era), Angelo Castro, Jr. (then the network's news director) and Loren Legarda who came from anchoring rival newscast NewsWatch on RPN with Harry Gasser. Ng left the newscast after a while, and was replaced by Korina Sanchez. However, Sanchez eventually left the newscast to concentrate on hosting the morning show Magandang Umaga (later Magandang Umaga Po), leaving Castro and Legarda as main anchors, with Ces Oreña-Drilon (business), Cathy Yap-Yang (business) and Dyan Castillejo (sports) joined in 1992 as segment anchors. Sanchez returned as an anchor but only on Saturday Edition along with Castro, Drilon, Castillejo with additional segments by Angelique Lazo (entertainment) and Bon Vibar (alternating anchor with Castro). The weekend edition was replaced by ABS-CBN Weekend News in 1995 which was also an English newscast until 1999 when it was switched to Filipino language after The World Tonight ended due to low ratings.

Sarimanok News Network/Castro-Palma era (1996–1999)

The World Tonight started to simulcast on the network's 24-hour news channel ABS-CBN News Channel, then known as the Sarimanok News Network from its launch on May 1, 1996. On March 6, 1998, Legarda left The World Tonight when she ran and later won as the top senator in this year's elections as a member of Lakas-NUCD-UMDP. On March 9, 1998, she was replaced by Tina Monzon-Palma and joined Angelo Castro, Jr. to the newscast, after she used to anchor rival newscasts GMA Headline News (on GMA Network) from 1986 until 1992 and The Big News (on the reopened ABC) from 1992 until 1997.

However in late 1998, the ratings of English late-night newscasts including The World Tonight of ABS-CBN started to decline when rival GMA introduced Filipino language late-night news with the relaunch of GMA Network News, switching its language from English to Filipino and was anchored by Mike Enriquez and Vicky Morales, since it was debuted as an English newscast in 1992 and Morales also, she was one of the original anchors in English. It was fasten to higher when it was switched to Filipino. Thus, the ABS-CBN management needed to move the said newscast to early evening slot and TV Patrol would move to late-night or move their English news reporting to its 24-hour cable news channel ABS-CBN News Channel and to its sister station Studio 23 airing News Central during that time. The World Tonight made its final broadcast on the ABS-CBN television network on August 13, 1999 when it was replaced by the network's first Filipino-language late-night newscast, Pulso: Aksyon Balita anchored by Korina Sanchez and Ted Failon to compete with GMA's Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco which was the replacement of GMA Network News and was premiered two weeks ago on August 2, 1999. Newspapers have published letters from people disgusted with ABS-CBN's new late-night newscast Pulso: Aksyon Balita while the network itself has been deluged with letters and phone calls asking for the return of The World Tonight. But the most tangible proof of the newscast’s loss of viewership has been the household ratings, which by its second month had dipped to seven percent from its start of 18 percent. Both The World Tonight and rival ABC's Big News were the final television newscasts that were identical to the current Malaysian, Indian, Singaporean and South African TV news programs in multiple languages including English, ending the golden age of English-language television broadcast in the Philippines. This was the start of both ABS-CBN and GMA as all-Tagalog networks with rival ABC joined in 2004 with Big News switching from English to Filipino and starting the dawn of the 21st century and the third millennium by airing late-night news in Filipino language on television today.

The ABS-CBN News Channel era (1999–present)

Two months later, The World Tonight premiered solely on ANC on October 11, 1999. Angelo Castro, Jr. and Tina Monzon-Palma still remained as anchors at that time. The program continues to be one of the channel's flagship newscasts.

On March 12, 2001, as part of the major programming changes of ABS-CBN, The World Tonight relaunched to its graphics and theme music along with other ANC and ABS-CBN newscasts.

Castro retired as a news anchor on September 1, 2009, as Palma went solo. However, he later returned on November 7, 2011, on a sporadic basis. He died on April 5, 2012 of lung cancer at the age of 67. Despite his death, Tina Monzon-Palma continued as the sole anchor until now.

On January 12, 2015, 3 days before the Philippine visit of Pope Francis, The World Tonight reformatted as part of the "internationalization" of the ABS-CBN News Channel and move to an earlier timeslot at 9:00pm and expands into a 1-hour newscast to compete with State of the Nation with Jessica Soho of GMA News TV & CNN Philippines Nightly News of CNN Philippines, among other newscasts on the timeslot. New segments & reports with original content were also aired during the launching day.[1]

Weekday anchors

  • Tina Monzon-Palma (1998–present); managing editor of TWT / special reports presenter
  • Teodoro Locsin, Jr. (2011–present) (segment anchor for "Teditorial")
  • TJ Manotoc (2015–present) (segment anchor for "In the Zone")
  • Marie Lozano (2015-present) (segment anchor for "Scene")
  • Tony Velasquez (2015–present) (segment anchor for "Metro Wrap, 7107, Around the World")
  • Cathy Yap-Yang (1992–1999; 2015–present) (segment anchor for business reports)

Former anchors

  • Hal Bowie (1966-1967)
  • Henry Halasan (1966-1972)
  • Eric Eloriaga (1966-1972)
  • Angelo Castro, Jr. (1986–2009, 2011)
  • Loren Legarda (1986–1998)
  • Larry Ng (1986)
  • Dyan Castillejo (sports anchor, 1992–1999)
  • Ces Drilon (business anchor, 1992–1999)
  • Amy Godinez-Cuenco (weekday entertainment anchor, 1990-1992)
  • Korina Sanchez (weekday edition anchor, 1986; Saturday/Sunday Edition anchor, 1987–1995)
  • Bon Vibar (alternate Saturday/Sunday Edition anchor for Castro, 1987-1995)
  • Angelique Lazo (Saturday/Sunday Edition entertainment anchor, 1987-1995)


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