Maganda daw ang naging pagtanggap ng mga sports fanatics sa collaboration ng TV5 at sa leading sports channel sa mundo na ESPN.
Kuwento ng TV5 president na si Chot Reyes, ito lang daw ang nakikita nilang paraan upang makabawi sa mga nalugi nila noon at para magtagumpay sa mundo ng sports.
Ayon pa kay Chot, “The feedback we’ve got is very positive, both from [viewers]… siyempre, importante [rin] the reception also of our advertisers.
“We’ve gotten very positive feedback in terms of the audience. I guess it’s pretty clear, hindi naman namin tinatago, na we’re doing less and less of the general entertainment programs and focusing more on the properties that we have a chance to succeed and make money out of.
“Obviously, yung market na yun [sports] hindi kasing dami or kasing lawak ng general entertainment market. But I think it is a very big and growing market. Nakakagulat yung feedback.”
Sa presscon ng ESPN5 at TV5 noong Lunes, January 29, sa Raffles Hotel, Makati, sinabi niyang ang tanging ipagpatuloy ng TV5 management ay ang kanilang news and public affairs programs.
Bukod rito, pagtutuunan nila ng pansin ang pagpapaganda pa lalo ng mga sports coverage nila via ESPN5.
Aniya, “Yung news namin andiyan pa rin naman, we still have our news and public affairs programs.
“Yun lang, of course, some people are looking for the usual general entertainment programs, content it’s no longer now… what we are doing, the direction, but like what I’ve already explained to you before, we must make sure that we should continue to survive as a business, this is just a business decision that we have to make.”
Noong December 2017, ni-launch nila ang Philippine edition ng SportsCenter, isang sikat na daily sports program ng ESPN sa U.S.
(ESPN5 SportsCenter hosts Lia Cruz [left], Aaron Atayde [standing, left], Amanda Fernandez [right], wtih TV5 President Chot Reyes [center], and ESPN5 head Lloyd Manaloto [standing, right].)
Dagdag pa ni Chot, mapapanood na rin ang lahat ng programa ng ESPN5 sa online simula ngayong araw, January 31.
Saad niya, “Because we are a TV network, we wanted to make sure that we are [on all platforms], we are launching www.espn.com. Like we said, we are transitioning from being a TV network all over—online, on-air, on-ground.”