Starting February 28, Q Channel 11 will be officially known as GMA News TV. The upcoming network had a trade launch last night in Makati City, with GMA-7's News and Public Affairs team gracing the special occasion.


GMA Network CEO and Chairman Felipe L. Gozon (inset) was also in attendance to lend his full support to the "newly dressed" station.



Photo: Noel Orsal

GMA Network CEO and Chairman Felipe L. Gozon firmly believes that news programs and public affairs shows are solid enough to outlast any television fads that are coming out every now and then.

He cited the continuing success of GMA-7's evening news program over a rival network's primetime variety-game show.

"24 Oras is winning over Willing Willie," Atty. Gozon candidly said.  "We feel that there are people who prefer to watch the news—'yong talagang pinaniniwalaan at may credibility."

This theory apparently is more than enough to convince the network heads to come up with a station that is solely dedicated to offering informative news programs around the clock to the viewing public.

Thus, Q Channel 11—a television station owned by GMA Network, Inc.—will be known starting on February 28 as GMA News TV.

"We feel that we are very strong in news and public affairs. Nagkataong hindi kumikita 'tong QTV. So this is our effort to convert QTV into something that we think will be a winner and in order to create a new international channel. Tingin namin 'yong mga Filipinos abroad are hungry for more news from the Philippines," Atty. Gozon explained.

A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME. A grand trade launch was held last night, February 7, at the Events Hall of the A. Venue in Makati City to formally announce the unveiling of the network.

The event was well-attended by advertisers, invited reporters, network executives, and individuals representing the news and public affairs team.

A trade launch presents a network's upcoming programs and encourages advertisers and companies to place ads in the lineup of shows.

GMA News TV is bannered by the most respected names in the field of broadcast journalism: Jessica Soho, Mel Tiangco, Arnold Clavio, Vicky Morales, and Howie Severino.

Early morning viewers can catch the latest news in Dobol B Sa News TV, the live simulcast of Mike Enriquez's radio program over DZBB.

Kara David and Howie Severino topbill the morning newscast, News to Go.

Jessica Soho mentors young reporters about the intricacies of the job via Brigada—a news magazine program in the '90s that was hosted by the late broadcaster and columnist Louie Beltran.

Jessica will also anchor the station's flagship news program, State of the Nation with Jessica Soho.