Cignal Launches New Cable Channel “One News”
A THIRD 24/7 all-news channel in English breaks into the scene in the country with the launch of One News channel by Cignal TV, a direct-to-home satellite provider owned by MediaQuest Holdings Inc., which also owns television station TV5.
Patrick Paez, News Production Head of TV5 and One News told CMFR that the conventional news viewer, 35-40 years old and above is the target audience of One News.
During the 2018 BusinessWorld Economic Forum on May 18, MediaQuest Holdings Chair Manny V. Pangilinan said “This is the first in the Philippines because it gathers together the news strengths of TV5, BusinessWorld, and Philstar and will cover a broad front of media systems… I think it’s exciting, it puts together the strength of many news organizations” (“One News” channel ng Cignal TV, mapapanood na simula May 28”). He added, “Why are we doing this? It’s really for all of us to pursue the truth (against) fake news and so forth… that must be our paramount goal, ” (“Cignal TV launches One News“)
Among its programs are The Chiefs, featuring veteran journalists Roby Alampay (BusinessWorld), Ed Lingao (News 5) and Ana Marie Pamintuan (The Philippine Star), BusinessWorld Live with JP Ong and Danie Laurel (Bloomberg TV Philippines) and Agenda hosted by Cito Beltran.
MediaQuest also owns and operates The Philippine Star, BusinessWorld, and Bloomberg TV Philippines. It is incorporated under the Beneficial Trust Fund of PLDT.