Newscasters’ unprofessional excesses scored


“MY HUSBAND’S LOVER.” Tackles intriguing theme with maturity.

Marissa Ngan, businesswoman: “I have stopped watching local news programs, because I get irritated by the obligatory drama and frenetic tone of our newscasters as they deliver news stories. Their ‘rapido’-style delivery unnerves more than it impresses!

“Aside from preachy editorializing, we’re also irritated by shameless product endorsements. There isn’t even a cursory attempt to send subliminal messages. This practice is very unprofessional!”

Other notes:

Alvin Esnabe, balikbayan: “A number of critics have heaped praises on ‘My Husband’s Lover,’ forming a consensus that its significant love story is imbued with heartbreaking intensity by its lead actors, Tom Rodriguez, Dennis Trillo and Carla Abellana. The mixed comments are a sad statement of the ‘invisibility,’ as well as phobia, of the homosexual experience in the mainstream media.

“The teleserye is basically about two souls who fall in love with each other. How differently readers take the story is a reflection of their own values, attitudes and hangups. Finally, here’s a teleserye that doesn’t treat homosexuality as fodder for comedy and tackles its intriguing theme with maturity!”

Musical programs

Ricardo Gozos, businessman: “I’m a fan of musical programs on TV. As a child of the ’70s, I remember staying up late to watch ‘Uncle Bob and Friends.’

“In the ‘80s, ‘Ryan, Ryan Musikahan’ focused more on OPM. I hope a similar program will be produced soon, because I’m getting tired of watching reality singing tilts!”

Au Dizon, televiewer: “I think ABS-CBN is running out of new plots for their teleseryes. The recently concluded ‘Ina, Kapatid, Anak’ had babies being switched at birth. They’re using the same gimmick on ‘Muling Buksan Ang Puso,’ where Cherie Gil’s character was forced to switch her baby with Agot Isidro’s because of its serious illness!”


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  • clanwolf

    Nope. ABS CBN is going to keep using dumb formulas and plots because most of its creative personnel do not aspire to art or excellence, but the big paycheck. Nothing is more heartbreaking than to see network tv ran amuck with its own self-righteousness but oblivious to their devastation of this country’s intellectual landscape.

  • GungGung

    Ampon, anak sa labas, ninakaw na anak at iba pang klase ng paghihiwalay. Yan ang type ng mga soap opera ng ABS. Walang creativity ang writers.

    • athena_12

      oo nga hindi creative yong mga writers, pero mind you andami nilang market data analysts, statisticians kung ano ang nakakapagpakiliti sa malaking porsyento ng ating populasyon ang MASA. siguro elite kayo ano, or feeling elite lang.

    • BCon

      And to think, a lot of people say ABS has the better lot of actors and actresses over GMA. I guess, GMA has the better brainstormers and writers. No wonder GMA also excels in Documentaries. I also loved GMA’s “Bayan Ko” and I think “Titser” would be another good one.

  • Charlotte Samaniego

    The best way to reduce your IQ is to watch ABS-CBN for half an hour.

    • BCon

      Actually, if you would make a research, the premise of “Ina Kapatid Anak” is wrong. An in vitro specialist would never make the mistake of implanting two fertilized eggs by mistake and in vitro pregnancy by a surrogate mother is not practiced in the Philippines. It is considered unethical.

  • athena_12

    ABS-CBN programs are not targeting the higher classes but the masa. There are more number of masa watching ABS-CBN programs. Don’t expect ABS to be like GMA. Business is business. Can you blame ordinary people to think ordinary ideas?

  • Sen_Lito_Lapid

    mas showbiz, mas okay! kaya nga ako nasa senado ngayon eh.. yan ang gusto ng masa..

  • shark_ga

    The more you produce idiotic and brain-cell-killing programs, the more you alienate the thinking middle class and elite (both of which are undeniably growing in number and have the money to buy the products in the ads you air). The more you alienate these classes, the more you are left with viewers who don’t have the purchasing power to keep your advertisers happy. The more your advertisers are unhappy, the more your bottomline will bleed. Therefore, stop producing idiotic and brain-cell-killing programs!

  • Platypus09

    Too much teleseryes of teenagers already…

    How about stories that about middle aged Filipino population going to old age?

    But no more stories that talk about gap between rich and poor.

    They might pick up some new group of viewers..

  • speedstream2

    Can somebody do an in-depth review of TV news programs?

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