Paolo Bediones says no to stricter guidelines on asking questions in talk shows after Paparazzi incident with Ruffa Gutierrez

“Kasi if you put a limit on the kind of questions that should or should not be asked, then you’re pretty much curtailing also… well, it depends, if you consider it journalistic freedom… If it’s a news and information show or if it’s a strictly showbiz show, do the ethics of journalism still stand? Does it automatically mean if it’s a showbiz-oriented show, you throw journalism ethics out of the door?” opin


Bukod sa pagiging anchor sa TV5 news programs na Aksyon, Aksyon JournalisMO, Pilipinas News, at host ng mga programang Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Philippines, Good Morning Club, at USI: Under Special Investigation, may posisyon din bilang TV5 Programming Manager si Paolo Bediones.

Kaya’t ang nangyaring insidente sa TV5 showbiz talkshow na Paparazzi ang isa sa mga naitanong sa kanya sa press launch ng Clear Dream Match na ginanap sa Rockwell Tent kanina, June 25.

Host si Paolo ng nabanggit na press launch.

“You know what? That particular incident is stil a bit, let’s just say… unclear… pun intended,” sagot ng 38-year-old host at TV5 executive, na sinundan pa niya ng biro na may koneksiyon sa pangalan ng produktong nagpa-event nung araw na iyon.

Aniya pa, hindi na raw ang isyu kung sino ang may kasalanan sa nangyari sa Paparazzi.

(CLICK HERE to watch clip of the show.)

Lumaki na raw kasi at naging masyado nang “messy” ang pangyayari dahil na rin sa pagkalat ng kanya-kanyang dahilan ng pangyayari at opinyon ng mga publiko tungkol dito.

Saad ni Paolo, “That’s a hard thing, e. When you have something like that and it ends up being an issue that obviously a lot of people are involved in.

“Whether they’re at fault or not, is not the issue—it’s that you’re gonna be hearing a lot of sides.

"And usually that’s when it gets pretty messy, you know, when you have so many versions of the story coming out.

“Especially, with the advent of social media, then you have all of these people with their own theories and opinions. And they end up fanning the flames.

“Last I heard was that the MTRCB [Movie and Television Review and Classification Board] may conduct an investigation, I don’t know what they intend to find.”

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Hindi rin makapagbigay ng malinaw na opinyon si Paolo nang sandaling iyon, dahil aminado siyang hindi niya napanood ang airing ng Paparazzi noong Sabado.

“It was just… a lot of people were talking about it. Was the question aired? Was it heard by the audience?

“Maybe she should have said na… I dunno? I’m not Ruffa.

“I’m just saying maybe it could have been like, ‘I won’t answer that,’ or ‘Wholesome tayo ngayon dapat,’ or something.

“Maybe she’s having a bad day and she wasn’t in the mood for that kind of exchange,” nasabi na lang ni Paolo.

Dagdag niya, “You know what, I’ll admit. When I was in S-Files before, I would cringe.

“It was like, you know, whenever it’s your birthday, they try to grill you, they put you on the spot and what not.

“It’s all in the spirit of fun, we know that. Kahit papa’no there were those tense moments, e.

“Which is odd because it’s supposed to be your birthday, you’re supposed to be happy.

“But during the episode, it was like, ‘Ano kaya ang ilalabas nila? Baka biglang ganyan?’

“Normal lang naman yun, yung makaramdam ka ng ganun.

“But with regards to whatever reaction on Twitter or what not, I don’t know the real story. I don’t know what happened."

Huli nga raw niyang nabalitaan ay magku-quit na sa Paparazzi si Ruffa. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)

Sa pagkakaalam ni Paolo sa mga “grilling” na ’tulad ng nangyari kay Ruffa, nasasabihan naman yung guest o yung taong igi-grill.

“From what I know, usually, the guest is briefed, e. Unless they really want her to be on the spot. I don’t know, e.

“It’s sad that something like that happened. Why it happened? I don’t know.”

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ATTEMPT TO PUT HIM ON THE SPOT IN THE PAST. Ikinuwento na rin ni Paolo ang experience niya nang i-set up siya ng production people ng S-Files—defunct showbiz talk show ng GMA-7nung birthday niya.

“I had a fake walkout by Osang [Rosanna Roces]. But that was like a long, long time ago.

“It was my birthday, I was interviewing her, and then… Nakutuban ko na, e. Na parang, when she was answering, ‘O, ’tapos..?’ Yung ganun. The usual [Osang].

“Maybe back then, they thought it will be such a cool idea to put you on the spot and to embarrass you and what not.

“Maybe, maybe… in hindsight.

“Parang ano, e... I felt more embarrassed for my production staff, because I was like, ‘Are you seriously going to make me go through this?’

“Parang bad mood siya, ‘tapos may mga questions na I was forced to ask.

“E, parang after four or five questions…’Ano ba ang mga tanong dito?’ ’tapos nag-walkout [na si Osang].

“It was supposed to put me on the spot.

“It made me, like, say to myself, ‘Seriously?’"

Hindi raw tuloy nagtagumpay ang production sa planong i-good time siya ng mga ito.

“What did they want me to do? Cry?

“And si Osang din, naawa rin siya, kasi wala akong maling ginagawa, e.

“’Tapos yung mga bad acting pa yung mga tao, ‘Naku, ano ang ginawa mo?’

“’You know I didn’t do anything. What are you talking about? I asked the questions that you asked me to ask to her,’” sabi raw niya sa nag-react na staff sa kunyaring pag-walkout ni Osang.

STRICTER GUIDELINES IN QUESTIONS? Sa palagay niya ba ay dapat nang magkaroon ng mas mahigpit na guidelines sa pagbibigay ng tanong sa isang talk show?

“At the end of the day, really, I think these questions really depend on how they were delivered,” sagot agad ni Paolo.

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“Kasi if you put a limit on the kind of questions that should or should not be asked, then you’re pretty much curtailing also… well, it depends, if you consider it, journalistic freedom. Depends on the kind of talk show.

“If it’s a news and information show, or if it’s a strictly showbiz show, do the ethics of journalism still stand?

“Does it automatically mean if it’s a showbiz-oriented show, you throw journalism ethics out of the door?

“Then at the same time, what are the parameters that we wanna put, with regards to the questions that we want to ask?

“And based in history, a lot of them [talkshow guests] welcome these questions.

“Mahirap din yung maglagay ka ng limit as to what kind of questions to ask.

“Parang ako, sa palagay ko, it’s at the risk of the interviewer,” sabi ni Paolo.


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