May 4, 2016
There had been no noticeable difference in how television news programs covered the elections from March 21 to April 17, compared to the past three monitoring periods. Presidential candidates and their campaign activities remained the dominant subject of election-related news, with only one report on the party-list elections aired during the period.
The primetime news programs of the three biggest Manila-based TV networks (ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol and TV Patrol Weekend, GMA-7’s 24 Oras and 24 Oras Weekend, and TV5’s Aksyon) aired a total of 1,448 reports during the period of March 21 to April 17. No news programs were recorded for March 24 to 26 (Holy Thursday to Black Saturday).
Out of the 1,448 reports, there were only 410 election-related reports, of which 76 were banner stories. Other election news reports were evenly distributed during the first and second halves of the news programs…[Read More]
PREVIOUS CMFR monitors have pointed out the dominance of election-related reports in primetime newscasts (“Campaign Trail Story Dominates Election News”). But the reports tend to be repetitive, providing mere updates on the candidates’ activities, among them such details as where they’ve been and what they said while on the campaign trail.
Reviewing the newscasts (ABS-CBN 2’s TV Patrol, GMA-7’s 24 Oras, and TV5’s Aksyon) from April 11 to April 17, CMFR found nothing much has changed. During the period, television reportage still followed much of the same formula.
This focus on the campaign trail could have provided the media the opportunity to point out the candidates’ take on policy and developmental issues as well as their platforms, if any. Instead the reports monitored were more interested in getting each candidate’s adverse opinion of his or her rivals, as well asemphasizing who’s leading and who’s ahead as reported by the public opinion surveys.
Against Each Other
Among the three primetime newscasts, 24 Oras had the most number (17) of reports pitting presidential aspirants against each other….[Read More]
Ties that bind
THE FEBRUARY election monitor of CMFR had already noted the ties that could possibly explain the kind of media mileage senatorial aspirant Martin Romualdez has been getting. Sitting as chairman of Standard publisher MST Management Inc. is the Leyte representative’s brother Philip Romualdez. He also happens to be the husband of Alexandra-Prieto Romualdez, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, in which Romuladez has also been getting a large share of that paper’s elections reporting.
From February 21 to April 25, CMFR monitored the coverage by the Manila-based newspapers (Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, The Manila Times, Daily Tribune, The Standard, Business Mirror, Business World, and Malaya Business Insight) on Romualdez and found that there had been no letup in the mileage he has been getting…[Read More]
THE THIRD and last presidential debate organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) was the sober conclusion of the PiliPinas Debates 2016 series, with less personal attacks and bickering among the candidates who, this time, were more focused on presenting their plans and platforms.”
The debate hosted by ABS-CBN used a town hall format, in which selected members of the audience asked the candidates questions related to the concerns of their sectors, among them commuters, fisherfolk, contractual workers, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and Moros...[Read More]
UNLIKE HER four rivals for the presidency, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago’s has generated considerably less steam. Having held only four campaign rallies with her running mate and having missed one Comelec-organized presidential debate, the three-time presidential contender has also done poorly in the surveys. But despite her minimal public appearances, Santiago is still a steady source of sound byte and quotable quotes for the media, her “pick-up lines” often included in reports on her campaign…[Read More]