P400M plus na kontrata ni Willie sa ABS CBN, di totoong binili ng TV5

MARIING pinabulaanan ni Atty. Ray Espinosa, president and CEO of TV5 ang kumakalat na bali-balita na diumano’y binili nila ang kontrata ni Willie Revillame na mahigit-kumulang sa kalahating milyon sa ABS CBN.

“No, there was no truth to that rumor,” Atty. Espinosa said at ang totoo ay tuloy ang show ni Willie titled Willing Willie which will be held on primetime at undisclosed pa ang date. “It will just come as surprise,” he said. “It’s a strategy to keep our rival station guessing.”

What he and the rest of the TV5 bigwigs like Bobby Barreiro and Percy Intalan confirmed and announced is the TV5 fourth quarter surge, as the Kapatid station unleashes a new wave of primetime programming innovations, state-of-the art technological advancements and upgraded transmission facilities to further strengthen the networks strength across the country and even international.

Last month, September, the network launched 20 shows and the results were all positive. And this month, the much-awaited show of Willie’s Willing Willie will hit the TV screen, causing furor among the two current giant networks resulting in their frequent change in TV programming.

Suddenly, they feel that there is another network out to bite a slice —or even bigger— of their pie in the TV network industry, not just an alternative network but one that is about to surpass their standing in the broadcast mainstream.

Over the past several months, TV5 proved that it has become the network choice among children with the highest rating cartoons in both the morning and afternoon children programs. They are now in the position to watch their favorite children show as TV 5 comes out with Batibot, which was long-missed by kids who have come to love the characters of the show.

The return of the well-loved children’s program, the comeback of the country’s foremost controversial showman, more newscasts at better timeslots is not enough to announce that the young network is bent on becoming number one.

Atty. Espinosa said that the revitalized Kapatid station will cap its phenomenal year with a major tie-up with an international news organization, the CNN.

The CEO also revealed that they have spent about P2-B for program cost alone, excluding expansion cost which he believes will be at P9-B to P10-B for the coming years.

A new broadcast complex on Reliance street in Mandaluyong to rival world-class studios will start its operations by mid-2012, with state-of-the art facilities to be utilized by the news and public affairs team. The old studio in Novaliches will be maintained for tapings and another digital production equipment will be updated for the Broadway Centrum studios.

There are more developments in the can which Atty Espinosa revealed, which the audience can be assured of quality programming and nationwide reach.

On the entertainment department front, TV5 has started with its stable of talents through the Star Factor Artista search, the developments in our next columns. Evelyn M. C. Diao

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