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Quick QWERTY: On TV Patrol

Not a radio show.

TV Patrol is among my major pet peeves in news reporting. It’s a nightly newscast shown nationwide, not a “radio show” of its three anchors: a former Vice President (Noli de Castro), a former Congressman (Ted Failon), and the wife of a current Cabinet secretary (Korina Sanchez).

Their opinions at the end of the telecast and their remarks in some news items cast doubts on the show’s integrity, and its status as a standard-bearer of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs’s “panig sa katotohanan” slogan. What (or whose) “truth” do they refer to when they ramble live on national TV? Do they represent the parties involved in the news? Are they the experts in the news that they report?

It’s easy to influence people nowadays, and the openness of these three during the telecast presents a huge danger in terms of what the viewers should and should not know.

My main point here is that news reporting on TV should only be about reading the news, and letting people think for themselves, just like the old days of TV Patrol.



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