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RPTV Launches on Feb 1 as CNN Philippines Ceases Operations

In a strategic move, RPTV has emerged as the successor to CNN Philippines following the cessation of the latter’s operations.

The transition became evident on January 31, 2024, at 10:00 p.m., mere minutes after CNN concluded its final broadcast. RPTV immediately introduced a test card featuring its distinctive logo.

Media tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan has taken control of free TV Channel 9 through a collaborative effort with Nine Media, owned and operated by the Cabangon family.

Nine Media swiftly replaced the CNN Philippines logo with the RPTV emblem, reminiscent of its earlier identity as RPN-9, when a predominantly government-owned entity, with the government currently retaining a 20 percent stake.

RPTV is set to rely on TV5 as its primary content provider, showcasing popular programs such as “Eat Bulaga,” PBA games, and classic shows featuring the comedic trio Tito, Vic, and Joey.

Discussions are underway to integrate TV5’s prime-time newscast, “Frontline,” into RPTV’s programming, along with plans for a new news program. Notably, Pangilinan’s pay-TV unit, Cignal, already operates the all-news channel One News.

Negotiations are ongoing with CNN Philippines’ top anchors for potential involvement in the proposed news program.

TV5, currently ranked second in the industry behind GMA, stands to significantly enhance its nationwide program visibility by taking over Channel 9. This strategic move marks a pivotal moment in the Philippine media landscape, with RPTV poised to bring diverse and engaging content to audiences across the nation.