Naghahanda na ang Advanced Media Broadcasting System Inc. (AMBS) ng mga Villar upang gamitin ang frequencies na dating naka-assign sa ABS-CBN.
Sakaling alukin ang dating Kapamilya na si Korina Sanchez na magkaroon ng programa sa bagong TV network, tatanggapin ba niya?
“Well, you know, I’m a free agent. All my doors are open,” pahayag ng veteran broadcaster sa virtual mediacon nitong Martes ng hapon, Pebrero 8, 2022.
“I don’t believe in burning bridges. I have a very good relationship still with the Lopezes and the management of ABS-CBN.
“My show [Rated Korina] actually is simulcast over multiple platforms on both TV5 and A2Z, Kapamilya Channel, TFC, One CignalPH, and I’m very happy about that.
“And I owe that to Brightlight which is headed by Albee Benitez. I owe Albee Benitez a lot because nung nagsarado ang ABS-CBN, hindi ako naghintay nang matagal, nagkatrabaho na ulit ang team ko, at ako mismo.
“He trusted me. They don’t meddle in anything of my content. They trust me. I deliver. They’re happy with our output. And I’ve been renewed for a year.
“Having said that, it doesn’t mean that I can’t come out anywhere else. Because I’m organic to TV5, although I love MVP [Manny V. Pangilinan]. He’s been very kind to me, and they’ve given us a very good timeslot.
“But I’m really more contracted with an independent content provider and blocktimer."
Patuloy ni Korina, “So, if there’s an offer, why not?! I’d love to be working again with the people who I came to know as my family, as I was growing up in the industry. So, why not?
“The landscape of media now has changed so abruptly. The change was so fast. Yung totoo ngayon, bukas hindi na totoo. Hindi ba?! Kausap mo ngayon, iba na ang kausap mo bukas.
“Though it’s a little stressful, and at the same exciting. So, yeah… it’s an exciting time for media, and especially for the creative people who have good ideas.
“There’s so many platforms to air their products. Hindi tulad dati, iilan lamang ang players. Ngayon, marami ka nang streaming, marami ka nang mga online. Marami ka nang mga network.
“So, it’s a very exciting and very exhausting time for the creative people.”
Pagkatapos ng mahigit tatlong dekadang pananatili sa ABS-CBN, nilisan ni Korina ang dati niyang home network ilang buwan matapos ibasura ng Kongreso ang franchise renewal application ng dating broadcasting giant noong Juy 10, 2020.
Noong October 7, 2020, pumirma ng kontrata si Korina sa Brightlight Productions ni Albee Benitez na magpoprodyus ng Rated Korina para sa TV5.
AMBS JOINING THE TV INDUSTRY
Bilang isang beteranang broadcast journalist, ano ang pananaw ni Korina sa pagpasok ng AMBS sa TV industry?
“Well, I think, the more players, the better,” pagtangu-tango niya.
“That’s where quality will emerge. Because right now, the competition landscape is not balanced.
“May iba na ang lakas ng tranmission. Yung iba, ang gaganda ng programa, ang hina naman ng transmission. Tapos, merong may frequency, merong wala. Pero meron na ngayong streaming.
“So, that’s why I think, ahhm… I think it’s very important to still have the frequency because not every part of the Philippines ay abot ng internet sa ating bansa.
“Napakaimportante niyan lalo na para sa darating na eleksyon. Kasi, saan nila kukunin ang impormasyon tungkol sa mga kandidato, right?
“Nakasandal ka ngayon sa mga sasabihin ng barangay captain. Kasi, hindi umaabot ang GMA-7 sa maraming bahagi na dating abot ng ABS-CBN. OK?
“So, paano na ngayon ang impormasyon tungkol sa mga presidentiables na ito? Kandidato, local, national!
“And beyond the elections, ahhm, TV pa rin, e. Although sabi nga nila, malapit nang mawala ang TV, ‘no?
“Maybe not in the next five, eight, ten years. Iyan pa rin ang number one source of information.
“And the more strong frequencies we have — with good content — the better for our country!” napapatangong bulalas ni Korina.