FremantleMedia has given the right for GMA-7 to telecast Pinoy Idol even in its U.S. cable channels. Fremantle is the franchise owner of the Idol show.
Last March 26, right inside the enclave of GMA Films department sa 7th floor ng GMA Network Center, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) got news that Pinoy Idol will also be shown in the U.S. Magpa-pilot ang Pinoy Idol sa GMA this April 5, hosted by Raymond Gutierrez and with Jolina Magdangal, Wyngard Tracy, and Ogie Alcasid as the judges.
With a franchise show, hindi pinapayagan ang franchise holder na maipalabas ang local version of a show outside the country. Mabilis naming pinakumpirma ito with the GMA people we were with that time.
"Ang bilis mo!" sabi ng sumagot sa amin. "Kanina lang ito na-confirm, nakuha n'yo na."
Yes, it is true that Fremantle has given the go signal for GMA Pinoy TV U.S. cable channel to air Pinoy Idol. Humihingi na nga raw sila ng materials for advanced viewing. Hindi pa nga lang malinaw kung isasabay ang Philippine telecast ng Pinoy Idol sa U.S.
For sure, though, hindi maipalalabas ang Pinoy Idol sa Pinoy TV Asia Pacific region. Sa U.S. lang sila binigyan ng right ng Fremantle to telecast.