Following the optimistic address of TV5 chairman Manuel "Manny" V. Pangilinan (CLICK HERE to read related article), GMA-7's Atty. Felipe L. Gozon also took the stage at the 22nd Philippine Ad Congress.
It was a rare moment on November 18 when the leaders of the country's largest television networks shared one stage.
Joining Gozon and Pangilinan at the event was ABS-CBN's Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, who also gave a speech about the "Future of Media."
NETWORK WAR. Aside from giving a 15-minute speech, each of the network leaders spent extra time on stage for an interview with the country's top news anchors.
For Atty. Gozon, it was ABS-CBN's Korina Sanchez who did the task.
The exchange was light and casual, and elicited much laughter and ribbing from the crowd.
Of course, they exchanged pointed witticisms about the longstanding dispute between GMA-7 and ABS-CBN.
One bold query from the Rated K host was: "Who is the real number one?"
To which the Kapuso bigwig answered, "As far as we are concerned, GMA is number one."
While he refused to answer questions regarding concrete plans of the network for the coming year, Atty. Gozon said he was more than willing to clarify the issue on "talent pirating."
"Very honestly and with all sincerity, we do not believe in piracy," he said with conviction.
"And I am very proud to say that Channel 7 became number one, even before when the ratings service was limited to Mega Manila, without pirating any talents or program from any network.
"And up to now, we are trying to maintain that policy."
MEDIUM TO BEAT. In his speech, he underscored the strengths of TV as a medium.
Despite the growing popularity of the Internet, Atty. Gozon believes that television "will still be the medium to beat for many years to come."