It seems as though celebrities and actors aren’t the only ones to seek new opportunities on different networks. High-profile news reporters and journalists also have a trend of transferring TV stations for a number of reasons. PEP reports that these reasons could be better offers, career growth, and the usual misunderstanding with peers and no creative decisions.
There are reporters whose decision to move caused quite the controversy. Or that a controversy led them so close to the door with their current job that sought a new one elsewhere. Here we list down 15 names of reporters who have said their goodbyes with their previous home networks to try something new with a different network.
1. Atom Araullo – The hunk of Philippine news was the latest figure to transfer networks. Atom was well-loved during his stints in different programs on ABS-CBN. But now, he chooses to go back to former home GMA-7. The reason allegedly being that Atom wants to create documentaries and ABS-CBN would not grant him this.
2. Mel Tiangco – Known for her GMA-7 show Magpakailanman and anchoring 24 Oras, Mel Tiangco was also a prominent figure in ABS-CBN. She anchored “TV Patrol” and was also a co-host of “Mel and Jay”, a Sunday talk show. But when she appeared in a commercial without the approval of management, ABS-CBN suspended her for three months without pay. By 1996, they went to GMA-7 and there started a new career, even if ABS had to legally fight her because of it.
3. Karen Davila – Now turning the tide, Karen started in GMA-7 hosting Extra Extra. But she surprised everyone when she decided to move to ABS-CBN back in 2000. It seems as though the decision was right because up until now, Karen is an icon in news reporting and journalism.
4. Bernadette Sembrano – She was first a news reader on IBC-13 when she got an offer from GMA-7 but then transferred to ABS-CBN. There she got a chance to host “Saksi” and “Wish Ko Lang”. But on 2003, Sembrano faced a suspension after walking out on Saksi when an episode of The Probe Team, which she was part of, was not aired. It was said that a certain story that was supposed to be shown in The Probe Team was not fully researched and thus the original plan to show it after Saksi did not happen. Bernadette did not agree with the decision.
5. Paolo Bediones – He started out on GMA as a host also doing “Extra Extra”. But Paolo decided to move to TV5 when he wanted to pursue a career as a newscaster. But a sex scandal prompted him to leave the network and create his own show with Cignal Entertainment as a comeback.
6. Cheche Lazaro – Cheche started out with ABS-CBN but then decided to create her own production called Probe Production. She had created a lot of programs including “The Probe Team” which all aired on GMA-7. But one story, the same one talked about by Bernadette Sembrano, caused a fallout after Cheche accused the network of “succumbing to pressure.” She moved the show to ABC-5 then back again to ABS-CBN.
7. Erwin Tulfo – Erwin Tulfo had a lot of network transfers. He started out on PTV-4 then moved to ABS-CBN where he got to anchor a lot of shows. But he decided to move to RPN-9 then he joined the family of TV5. But just recently, he resigned from TV5 who was supposed to suspend him for three months after his argument with fellow TV5 reporter Ed Lingao. Erwin is said to come back to PTV-4.
8. Cheryl Cosim – She started in 1996 with ABS-CBN and had a solo show named “Salamat Dok!” back in 2004. But 7 years ago, she moved to TV5 and anchors her very own show.
9. Connie Sison – Connie started as a reporter in ABS-CBN’s UHF channel Studio 23 but was later promoted to TV Patrol. But she availed of the retirement package of the network back in 2006. While staying true to the non-competing clause back then, which only specified talents to not work for GMA-7, Connie was working with RPN-9. When the year was up, she went to go to GMA-7 and is still continuing her work.
10. Luchi Cruz-Valdes – Luchi was hired to co-host “The Probe Team” when it was still in ABS-CBN. When the show moved to GMA-7, she stayed with the network for 3 more years. But ABS-CBN had a position for the VP of News Production and Current Affairs and she took it. But GMA-7 filed a case against Luchi for breach of contract so she was forced to go to an “indefinite” vacation. She came back in 2002 but resigned from the network in 2008 after being suspended. She is now with TV5 as the network’s news head.
11. Tina Monzon-Palma – Tina was the VP for News and Public Affairs of GMA-7. When she committed an error in a newscast back in 1991, after reporting that a woman in a public murder case had died but was actually in a coma, Tina apologized and resigned. Tina then went to ABC-5 but moved to ABS-CBN to be part of “Bantay Bata 163″.
12. Pia Hontiveros – Pia was part of ABS-CBN beginning in 1989 but in November 2011 her show on the network aired its last episode and announced her departure from the network. She moved to Solar News Channel that later joined CNN Philippines, which she is still part of to this day.
13. Cherrie Mercado – Cherrie was first a reporter for ABS-CBN but moved to TV5. But just last year, she became the spokesperson for DOTR and resigned May of this year because the job took her away from her family. Though it was reported that she would be joining Erwin Tulfo on PTV-4, Cherrie is now part of UNTV.
14. Pinky Webb – Starting on ABS-CBN, Pinky hosted “Umagang Kay Ganda“ and “XXX”. She also became an anchor for “TV Patrol” but April of last year, Pinky went to join CNN Philippines and became the host of “Balitaan“.
15. Alex Santos – Alex was a TV reporter for ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao till 1996. He then moved to Manila to become a news editor for regional affiliates of ANC until 2006. Alex then became an anchor of TV Patrol’s weekend edition. But he left ABS-CBN in 2013 to return to radio news reporting. His most recent move is to go back to TV newscasting on PTV-4.
Were you aware that some high-profile names here actually transferred networks? Which name shocked you the most? Do you think that they are better off where they are now? Share your thoughts, reactions, and opinions in the comments section below!