Issue of January 7, 2018

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Gov’t TV reboots, Iloco newscast begins
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

The grand relaunch of the regional network of government television PTV in February 2017 will be followed through with the premiere of its regional afternoon newscast, “Kangrunaan a Damag,” tomorrow, Jan. 8.

The newscast, according to PTV-Cordillera overseer Richard Valdez will contain developmental reports. He said there will hardly be any crime or “tabloid” stories and will focus on issues that inform and educate the public.

The reports will come from the Cordillera, La Union, Pangasinan, and Vigan City and will be delivered in Iloco language.

Valdez said this is in line with the efforts of the Presidential Communications  Operations Office to reach more audiences through a language easily understood in the community.

Segments in the newscast include business reports, Ilocandia news, weather, matters about overseas Filipino workers, price watch, and tourism.

Valdez also assured that while they are primarily mandated to disseminate information from government, PTV reporters will be fair in its reports. He said they hired people who will ensure its ideals as a TV station are met.

“Our staff in the news and engineering is a mixture of new and experienced personnel,” Valdez said.

Former Mountainview news anchor and former University of the Cordilleras MassComm assistant professor Alah Sung-duan and Z-Radio blocktimer Eddie Carta will serve as anchors of the news program.

Valdez said PTV is still hiring additional personnel to be assigned in their lifestyle and public service programs.

PTV also tapped experts in Iloco to ensure that although the language is widely spoken, the news format should still follow correct grammar, syntax and usage.

Valdez said with the PTV studio equipped with editing equipment on high-definition format, a 12-terrabyte server, and with the latest equipment, they are capable of transmitting news anytime and anywhere. 

“Kangrunaan a Damag” airs from Monday through Friday, 4:30 to 5 p.m. It also airs breaking news daily at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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