Paolo Bediones says the "potential for growth" is greater on TV5

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"It's such a great honor that people respect my opinion in this network. It's such a great honor that people take action when an opinion is given. But at the same time, it's great to work with people na may sariling utak din. Kaya alam mo na hindi lang sila sumusunod kundi kikilatisin din nila ang sinasabi mo, e. At pag tama naman, sunod. Pag hindi, kontra. Discussion uli. So discussions upon discussions. Paulit-ulit 'yan. And it's great. We've had co


Excited si Paolo Bediones sa kanyang bagong role.

At hindi role sa isang teleserye o pelikula ang ikinae-excite ng dating Kapuso at Survivor Philippines host, kundi mas mabigat pa—ang role ng pagiging network executive/programing executive ng ngayo'y Manny Pangilinan-owned TV station na TV5.

Dating pag-aari ng banking magnate at businessman na si Antonio "Tonyboy" Cojuangco (Bank of Commerce, Dream Sattelite Broadasting) ang Novaliches-based TV station na Channel 5. Last year, napabilang na ito sa maraming negosyo ng telecommunications czar na si Pangilinan (PLDT, Smart Communications). Kasabay nito ang pagkuha ng istasyon ng mga bagong talents, at kabilang sa mga unang talents na kinuha ng Singko ay si Paolo.

Kahapon, Martes, March 9, nagpa-presscon ang TV5 para sa dalawang bagong News and Public Affairs program ng istasyon, ang Tutok Tulfo na pangungunahan ng hard-hitting public service show host at radio broadcaster na si Erwin Tulfo at ang USI (Under Special Investigation) na programa naman ni Paolo. Sa presscon na ito rin na ginanap sa Annabel's restaurant sa Tomas Morato, Quezon City, ipinahayag ni Paolo na bukod sa pagiging host ng USI ay mas malaki at mas mabigat pa ang role niya sa Ka-Shake station.

Una, bilang programming executive, "There would be specific programs assigned to me by the programming committee, and I will be overseeing the development of the production and the talents as well," pahayag ni Paolo nang makausap siya ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).

"As a network executive naman," patuloy niya, "it involves—not just sa public affairs but in entertainment as well—training, yung pagpili ng mga talents, and giving them tips or whatever, kung anong puwedeng gawin. Whatever expertise that I have acquired in the 12 years that I have been in the industry, in terms of the various formats—reality, game show, talk show, news magazine show, beauty pageants and whatnot—these are things that I will be putting into that one big basket and they can just pick from it, basically.

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"So, now, it's a good position. Because now, nakakatulong tayo sa mga kasama natin sa industriya who have talents, who deserve a shot, whether it's a new shot, a second shot, a third shot, it doesn't matter."

LOOKING FOR THAT DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. Pero nilinaw ni Paolo na hindi naman lahat ng lalapit sa kanya ay matutulungan niya.

"Ang daming mga kasama natin sa industriya on-cam and off-cam na lumalapit sa akin. Tutulungan naman natin—yung iba. At the end of the day naman, siyempre, if I'm gonna vouch for someone, I have to know their work ethic, e. So, hindi lahat ng lumalapit, matutulungan natin. Hindi naman tayo tipong public service, e. At the end of the day, it's still a business. At ayoko namang mapahiya na ang taong sinu-support ko, o I'm vouching for, cannot deliver. Kasi it will reflect on my judgment."

Dagdag pa ni Paolo, mas gusto pa nga raw nila sa TV5 na mag-develop ng "diamonds in the rough." Ipinaliwanag niya nung mismong presscon proper kung ano ang ibig niyang sabihin dito.

"You don't wanna get someone too polished. You wanna get someone who's basically a 'diamond in the rough' that you can train, that you can instill the right values into. Kung makikita po ninyo the way that we've been moving sa TV5, is that we either get pillars or we will develop our own talents.

"The ones in between, minsan medyo mahirap nang ayusin yung tamang pag-iisip. So, we'd rather start with someone we can train from the very beginning or someone na haligi na talaga at puwede naming sandalan bilang poste sa iba't ibang mga programa namin," ani Paolo.

PAOLO THE NEWS ANCHOR. Sa PEP Alerts! kahapon, na-announce na si Paolo rin ang official primetime news anchor ng TV5. Aniya, ito raw ang magiging priority niya sa istasyon, sa sandaling mai-launch na nga ang bagong TV5 News and Public Affairs grid na kinabibilangan ng dalawa pang bagong public affairs shows na ia-announce pa lang sa mga darating na araw.

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"If I could list my priorities now, number one for TV5 would be head anchor of the daily newscast, pangalawa na lang ang pagiging network executive," sabi ni Paolo.

Pagtatapat ni Paolo, hindi raw niya in-aspire o pinangarap na maging news anchor. Naging entertainment show host na siya sa S-Files, naging morning show host sa Mornings@GMA at Unang Hirit, magazine show host for Gameplan, game show host for Digital LG Quiz at pinakanagmarka ang paho-host niya sa Extra Challenge at Survivor Philippines, pero never daw siyang nangarap talaga na maging news anchor, lalo na nung nasa GMA-7 pa siya.

"Malabo kasi, e. Lalo na GMA, there is no way that is gonna happen. Andami nang nakapila... Wala, wala talagang posibilidad na mangyari yun. Nung in-offer sa akin ng TV5 yung role to be a news anchor, to have a news and public affairs show, and to have some entertainment shows, and to be a network executive as well and all that, it was just, I guess what I need, e. Something new, something fresh. Na hindi ko pa nagagawa.

"Pero alam ko, sa dedication ko at sa passion ko sa trabaho, I will learn that, e. So, I've been taking a crash course from Ma'am Luchi [Cruz-Valdes, TV5 head of News and Public Affairs] on what it means to be a journalist na tunay, ha. Hindi yung nagdyo-journalist-journalist ka lang. Hindi. I'm gonna have to learn how to write, produce...which I've been doing naman before."

USI (UNDER SPECIAL INVESTIGATION). Sa show niyang USI (Under Special Investigation), bagama't public affairs/investigative program daw ito ay naiiba naman sa mga nakasanayan nang shows na may ganitong format, lalo na yung mga nasa Dos at Siete.

"Hindi lang siya basta interbyuhan lang o simpleng investigative show. We will do what other investigative show hosts will not do. Since nakilala na rin naman ako sa mga challenges o yung reality challenge persona ko, we put that element on the show. Doon na 'ko nakilala, e. We put our guests through challenges," saad ni Paolo.

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Halimbawa na nga raw ang pag-challenge nila sa una nilang guests na sina presidential candidate Senator Richard "Dick" Gordon at sa pamangkin nitong si Olongapo City councilor JC delos Reyes.

"I challenged Senator Dick Gordon to take my blood pressure and take my blood sample since he is the head of the Philippine Red Cross. Straight forward din at prangkahan yung interview namin, like for example yung pagtanong ko sa kanya na pikon nga ba siya. Si Councilor delos Reyes naman, na never pang nakapasok sa nightclubs, we challenged him to go to a nightclub and campaign there."

Naka-schedule na rin sa challenges ang iba pang kandidato. "Si Jamby [Sen. Jamby Madrigal] we challenged her to pick up trash. We have also scheduled Gibo [former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro] to a paintball challenge. Through those challenges, mailalabas namin yung different sides of the candidates, yung real side nila. Yung mga ganung elemento na wala sa ibang programa. We don't want just a one-on-one interview. I want more of the action, e. And that's how we are going to be different."

Hindi naman daw malaking adjustment para sa kanya ang pagho-host ng USI. In fact, "fun" ang nasabi ni Paolo tungkol sa experience niya sa pagho-host ng show.

"This is a lot of fun for me. This is the kind of format that will evolve, e. Under Special Investigation could be a person, could be an issue. Could be anything."

ON NEW SURVIVOR PHILIPPINES HOST. Maipagmamalaki talaga ni Paolo na as far as hosting a reality show is concerned, siya ang itinuturing na "King of Philippine Reality TV" matapos pausuhin ang pagbibigay ng challenges sa guests sa hino-host niya at ni Miriam Quiambao noon na Extra Challenge sa GMA-7, at pagiging host dalawang seasons ng Survivor Philippines.

Ngayong confirmed nang si Richard Gutierrez ang susunod sa yapak niya bilang host ng susunod na season ng Survivor Philippines, hiningan ng PEP ng reaksyon si Paolo tungkol dito.

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"Sana the standards that we've been able to establish in the first and second year, sana ma-maintain o malampasan pa. It's a show that I love doing. I definitely miss it," pahayag niya.

Meron ba siyang advice or pointers na maise-share kay Richard sa pagho-host ng Survivor Philippines?

"I think there are enough people out there in the team that did the the first and second season of Survivor na puwedeng bigyan siya ng advice. Because the last thing that I want to do is to give unsolicited advice. And I'm out of the group, basically. Sana lang they maintain the standard or mahigitan nila. Because it's a tough show to do. And I will miss doing that show."

FREEDOM AND GROWTH. Since nami-miss niya nga ang pagho-host ng show na tulad ng Survivor, at nakilala naman talaga siya nang husto bilang reality show host, meron ba silang niluluto na katulad na show sa TV5?

"Well, since reality is my forte, in fact that's where my heart has been for the longest time for several years, definitely the show that I will be doing apart from USI and main newscast will be a reality-based show na mas may lalim. Kumbaga, if you take Survivor, you're gonna have an analysis pa. Para mas maraming aral ang makukuha," sabi niya.

At ito nga raw ang fun part para sa kanya ng pagiging program/network executive ng TV5, ang pagde-develop ng show.

"Nandun ka, e. Kayo ang nag-iisip, kayo ang nagbe-brainstorm. Napakasaya. Anak mo siya, kapatid mo siya, pinsan mo siya [the program]. That's where my passion lies. In developing a show. In every single show that I am doing for TV5 right now, nandun yun, e.

"I used to do that thing in my shows in GMA before, except my designation there was host. Here [in TV5] it legitimizes everything that I'm doing. And it's such a great honor that people respect my opinion in this network. It's such a great honor that people take action when an opinion is given.

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"But at the same time, it's great to work with people na may sariling utak din. Kaya alam mo na hindi lang sila sumusunod kundi kikilatisin din nila ang sinasabi mo, e. At pag tama naman, sunod. Pag hindi, kontra. Discussion uli. So discussions upon discussions. Paulit-ulit 'yan. And it's great. We've had conflicts already, but that's what makes you grow."

Sa tono ni Paolo, parang pinahahayag niya na mas malaya at mas masaya siya ngayon sa bagong network niya.

"I don't wanna jump and say na, 'Mas masaya 'ko rito!' No, no, no. All I can say is that the potential for growth is so much more here. To be able to do the things na never ko pang nagawa o never ko pang inasam na gagawin, gagawin ko, e. So that is how exciting things are for me. So more than happy, I'm extremely excited. And it's been a while since I've been this excited," pagtatapos ni Paolo.

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