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"Manny V. Pangilinan confirms TV5-GMA merger," reports Ricky Lo; But tweet from Pangilinan says things are still "under discussion"
In the June 4 (Monday) issue of The Philippine Star, veteran showbiz scribe Ricky Lo reports: "As (The Philippine Star) reported in a scoop a few issues ago, the Kapatid Network TV5 and Kapuso Network GMA have merged, a landmark development to be formally launched end of November."
Published on: Jun 4, 2012 - 2:34am

In the June 4 (Monday) issue of The Philippine Star, veteran showbiz scribe Ricky Lo reports: "As (The Philippine Star) reported in a scoop a few issues ago, the Kapatid Network TV5 and Kapuso Network GMA have merged, a landmark development to be formally launched end of November."

Lo wrote in his long-running column, Funfare, that the ners "was virtually confirmed by (TV5) big boss Manny V. Pangilinan during the presscon last Saturday, June 2, in San Francisco where a partnership between TV5 and Dish Network was formally signed, called Dish Ko íTo, promoting the combined channels of GMA Pinoy TV and Kapatid TV5."† Lo described Dish as "the leading provider of satellite television in the US." Lo added: "(Pangilinan) also revealed that the TV5 board is investing P6 billion on the completion of various studios in the Philippines."

In any case, many people are still asking if the so-called merger is indeed a done deal.

On Sunday, June 3, TV personality Arnell Ignacio shared a tweet that reportedly came from Pangilinan himself (see screenshot below). In it, Pangilinan said: "You know, Arnel, all I said was: 'Please support TV5 here in the States. And, by the way, please support GMA-7, too (since Dish carries GMA).' That was all. No mention of merger, investment, combination. Certainly no mention of a November deadline, or any deadline at all. Sure some people speculated and all I said was, 'I can now say we [are] under discussion but nothing finalized at this time.'"

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8 Comments
  • luke
    Monopolyo na ito ng mga Chinese. Manny Pangilinan for President! Tuta ng China.
    Jul 28 2012 @ 10:15pm     Reply  
  • mariefernandez
    All I can say is that di nila kaya ang star power ng channel 2.
    Jun 04 2012 @ 04:52pm     Reply  
  • abc
    parang dati lang ito, monopoly. It is not good in anyway.
    Jun 04 2012 @ 12:35pm     Reply  
  • spotter
    naku! pag nagkataon sa eleksyon pati ang mga networks na ito ay magagamit kahit hindi puede. May lulusot dito at may papaboran ang mga networks, kawawa na naman tayo. Ang mga artista pa naman ay nagiging pulitiko at ang pulitiko ay nagiging artista. Mga pinoy, magising na tayo ha, matuto tayo sa mga leksyon sa mga nangyayaring ganito para hindi tayo masabihan ni AMBO RYAN ng bobo.
    Jun 04 2012 @ 11:36am     Reply  
  • Ambo Ryan
    Wala ba tayong Anti-Trust Laws? hindi ko gusto ang nangyayari.Papuntang monopoly na man ito ng mga media networks,which is unhealthy lalo na sa mga Masang Tanga na ang bilis bilugin ng mga ulo. Mass media ang pinaniniwalaan nila kaya ang daming Bobong Filipino.What to do? open up the the industry for foreign players to even up the playing field at in the process mabubuksan ang kukote ng madlang pipol na ang bilis bilugin ng mga ulo...
    Jun 04 2012 @ 11:08am     Reply  
  • tambay sa kanto
    Pag nagkatotoo ito, well magkakamukha na ang mga tema ng programing sa tv hehe! Mas gaganda kaya o mas magiging boring? tanong lang, hindi ko kasi maisip ang epekto sa isang tambay na katulad ko hahaha!
    Jun 04 2012 @ 11:08am     Reply  
  • Pilipino
    Let us just wait and see. If they are already talking about merger, then most probably it will push through. What will happen next is for us to see.
    Jun 04 2012 @ 10:52am     Reply  
  • Genuine
    If it's under discussion, then it's like negotiators trying to do a deal. Nothing new, it's like ABS-CBN in the past, a merger of Alto Broadcasting System and Chronicle Broadcasting Network. Is local broadcasting better off for it? It got seedier, back-alley hookier, that's what.
    Jun 04 2012 @ 10:47am     Reply  
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