After much speculation, Atom Araullo finally announced that he’s back at the GMA Network. His resignation from ABS-CBN shocked many fans of the broadcast journalist and reporter, who gained recognition after covering the news live on the street during the extreme typhoon.
Atom revealed on an Instagram post that he has “nothing but respect and gratitude” to Channel 2 for molding him and setting him on his career path.
Now, it was revealed by GMA News Online that Atom Araullo is officially signed in as their new reporter. According to Atom:
“It’s the start of a new partnership, a new journey. Obviously, I am very excited. I’ve been a journalist for a decade, give or take, and I’ve always felt like there’s undeniable need to grow and this is where my journey took me.”
“I keep telling my friends na ang dami kasing puwede pang matutunan. Marami rin akong hinahangaan dito sa GMA, kaya n’ang nagkaroon ng oportunidad na [makatrabaho sila] at nakita ko na ito talaga ‘yong direksyon na tinatahak ng aking career, talagang pinag-isipan ko nang mabuti at nandito na ako ngayon.”
“Ang bottomline is that I’m up for new challenges also.”
GMA’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon welcomed Atom Araullo and said the following:
“Dahil kilala ang GMA-7 sa paggawa ng world class at award-winning documentary and public affairs programs, kami ay nalulugod sa paglipat ni Atom Atom para lalo s’yang mahasa sa pagiging magaling na broadcast journalist at documentarist among others.”
The source claimed that Atom’s first project on the network is a special report that would tackle the country’s biodiversity. From there, he would join the team of “i-Witness.”
Atom Araullo stated that the network’s documentary team is excellent and thus, he aimed to sharpen his skills through his new journey. According to him, journalists should go beyond reporting the facts. He said:
“I think what the challenge is for us in the media is not to stop at the facts, because sometimes facts don’t really work. It just slides off. It’s important to tell stories and ‘yon din naman ang strength ng media, because when you have good stories, it engages people at a very visceral level and suddenly they’re more open to a discussion.”
Of course, lots of netizens commented their thoughts on Atom’s confirmation: