The Early Edition Team in full force. From left: Paolo Abrera, Michelle Ong, AnnalisaBurgos, TJ Manotoc and Christian Esguerra, deliver the latest local and global news every 5:30 am from Monday to Friday.ANC, the ABS-CBN NewsChannel, formally launched its new lineup of programs headlined by the newmorning show “Early Edition,” primetime news program “The Bureau,” and thedaily sports newscast “Gametime” in a presscon held today (Mar 15) in ABS-CBN.
The country’s first 24/7English language news channel also introduced the new members of its broadcastteam – Annalisa Burgos and Migs Bustos – as ANC continues to strengthen itsprogramming and deliver the best news coverage and content to business leadersand decision-makers here and abroad.
“Early Edition,” anchored byTJ Manotoc and Annalisa Burgos with Paolo Abrera, Michelle Ong, and ChristianEsguerra, delivers the latest local and global news, financial updates, andbreaking reports starting at 5:30am from Monday to Friday. The program includesinterviews with experts on politics, the economy, and foreign policy and alsodiscusses trending topics on sports, entertainment and lifestyle.
The show is the first majorassignment for international news anchor Annalisa, the latest addition to ANC’sformidable roster of journalists. The Los Angeles-born journo brings with herover 17 years of experience, covering the news, business, and lifestyle beatsin the USA and later in Asia for organizations like Channel NewsAsia, HGTV,Forbes, CNBC, and Bloomberg.
Annalisa shared why shedecided to continue her career in the Philippines and with ANC, which happensto be the only English language 24/7 news channel in the Philippines that isbroadcast internationally.
“I admire the company'sjournalistic reputation and commitment to informing Filipinos across the world.I grew up watching The Filipino Channel and learned Tagalog by watching it withmy grandmother. So many Filipino immigrants rely on ABS-CBN to stay connectedto their motherland and I'm honored to be part of this tradition,” sheexplained. Annalisa revealed that as someone new in the country, she isalso able to give a fresh perspective on issues. “I like to challenge theway people see things, so expect to see different points of view. I offer anoutsider's take on what Filipinos may take for granted or miss,” she added.
Also debuting a new face onANC is “Gametime,” a 30-minute sports newscast airing weekdays at 9:30pm andfeaturing sports highlights, game recaps, exclusive interviews, and interactivesegments presented by upcoming anchor Migs Bustos. Migs is a seasonedcommentator for the National Collegiate Athletic Association and contributesstories to Channel 2’s news program Bandila and articles and analysis toABS-CBN’s online sports hub, sports.abs-cbn.com. He began his young andpromising broadcast career as sports analyst for ABS-CBN S+A sports channel’s“The Score,” DZMM’s “Fastbreak,” and ANC’s “Hardball,” before venturing intonewscasting as an anchor for “ANC Headlines.”
Migs, a true blue sportsaficionado since childhood, is living beyond his dreams as the main man ofANC’s newest sports show. The youthful anchor said his initial goal was just tobe able to call games as a sports commentator, but his hard work and faith paidoff and opened even more doors for him. On “Gametime,” Migs promises to bringthe energy of the games to the newscast, while also providing sharp analysis ofperformances and issues in sports for the day.
“When a viewer gets homefrom a tiring day, the best way to relax is by watching the program. Theanalysis and in-depth coverage of sports events is also something they shouldwatch out for,” he said.
Meanwhile, ANC is alsointroducing a primetime edition of “The Bureau,” which offers a comprehensivetake on international news and events with reports from worldwide newsresources.
At the helm of the 7pm edition is Ron Cruz, while KarminaConstantino remains the anchor at 4pm.
Ron is one of ANC’s mostloyal anchors, having been with the channel for 21 years. For his newassignment Ron hopes to address the demand of viewers for more global news andstories.
“The world is getting reallysmall and Filipinos want to know what’s happening around the world thatdirectly affects their lives and can affect their businesses here,” heexplained.
Apart from new shows andanchors, ANC also introduced changes in its program grid to ensure that itdelivers news to its audience every top of the hour. “ANCalerts” airingat a later timeslot at 5pm, followed by “Top Story”, and ANC’s current affairsblock at 6:30pm, featuring weekly programs like sports talk show “Hardball,”eco-friendly urban magazine program “Green Living,” award-winning documentaryseries “Mukha,” Sen. Loren Legarda’s cultural documentary program “Dayaw,” andlifestyle show “Cityscape.” “Talkback with Tina Palma,” “Beyond Politics,”“Future Perfect,” The Boss,” and “On The Money” moved to the 7:30pm timeslot.
Other ANC programs haveretained their schedules such as “News Now” at 5am, 9am, 10am, and 11am,“Headstart with Karen Davila” at 8am, “Market Edge with Cathy Yang” at 9am and3pm, “Dateline Philippines” at 12nn, “ANC Documentary Hour” at 8pm,“The WorldTonight” at 9pm, and “Business Nighty” at 10pm, every Monday to Friday. Duringthe weekends, returning Edric Mendoza, who got a new co-anchor in SalveDuplito, will still deliver financial news and information at 4pm on “On TheMoney.” People can continue to get their news fix on Saturdays and Sundays from“News Now” at 9am, 3pm, 7pm, “Dateline Philippines” at 12nn, Top Story at 5pm, and “The World Tonight” at 9pm.
ABS-CBN Integrated News head Ging Reyes said there are more to come for thechannel in 2017 as they further strengthen ANC’s business and political contentand programming, and produce more live events like their ANCX series.
“We in ABS-CBN never tire ofinnovating. We are always restless. We always challenge ourselves to do better.The spirit of adapting to change and delivering what our viewers need continuesthis year,” she said.
ANC, deemed as the goldstandard in Philippine news, has been a partner and the go-to news source ofthe country’s business leaders and decision-makers for more than twodecades.
For more information, visit news.abs-cbn.com/anc, or follow ANCon Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ANCalerts) andTwitter (@ANCalerts).
Migs Bustos of “Gametime” & Ron Cruz of “The Bureau” strengthen ANC’s news coveragefrom sports to international news ad events.
ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs head Ging Reyes introduces the new shows “EarlyEdition”, “Gametime” and “The Bureau”.
International news anchor Annalisa Burgos is the latest addition to ANC’s formidable roster of journalists.
Seasoned NCAA sports commentator Migs Bustos headlines the 30-minute sports show, “Gametime”, airing weekdays at 9:30pm.
ANC news anchor TJ Manotoc headlines “Early Edition” with new ANC journalist, Annalisa Burgos.
Veteran news anchor Ron Cruz delivers a comprehensive take on international news and events with reports from worldwide news resources on “The Bureau.”
ANC’s business reporter Michelle Ong joins the morning team of “Early Edition.”
Broadcaster Palolo Abrera is ready to jump start your day with “Early Edition” only at ANC.
Journalist Christian Esguerra completes the team of “Early Edition,” ready to jumpstart your day.