CNN Philippines (abbreviated CNN PH) is a major commercial television network in the Philippines. It is owned and operated by Nine Media Corporation together with Radio Philippines Network (RPN) as the main content provider under the license of…
CNN Philippines (abbreviated CNN PH) is a major commercial television network in the Philippines. It is owned and operated by Nine Media Corporation together with Radio Philippines Network (RPN) as the main content provider under the license of US-based media company Turner Broadcasting System (a division of Time Warner). Replacing 9TV, which is the temporary branding of the channel for almost 7 months, CNN Philippines is the local franchise of the Cable News Network (CNN), one of the most trusted international cable & satellite news channels worldwide. It is also the fifth local franchise of CNN in Asia, after CNN Indonesia, CNN Türk, CNN Arabic and CNN-IBN (India).
CNN Philippines' local live programming has been produced from the Upper Ground Floor of the Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard corner Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in Mandaluyong City with their transmitter at No. 97, Panay Avenue, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City.
In October 14, 2014, Turner Broadcasting System together with Nine Media inked a five-year initial brand licensing agreement, until 2020, that will build the alliance between the two news agencies, both on television and online. CNN PH has been launched since March 16, 2015, 6:00 am PST and currently being seen on RPN's flagship station DZKB-TV, channel 9 in Mega Manila and among all regional relay stations in the Philippines. It operational 19 hours a day from 6:00 AM to 12:30 AM on free TV while 24 hours on cable, satellite and live streaming providers.
Under the brand licensing agreement between Turner Broadcasting System and Nine Media, the latter will pay CNN an undisclosed amount of monthly fee for programs and expertise from CNN International and CNN/U.S. that will air in the CNN Philippines in exchange of locally-produced news, current affairs and lifestyle programs and rolling news coverage from 9News, all based on the standards of CNN. Also, 9News will be trained by CNN staff at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia to enhance their reporting that will also help them to contribute reports for CNN International along with its news bureaus scattered worldwide; as consultants from the latter will help Nine Media/RPN for further development and expansion of CNN Philippines. The official news website, 9news.ph will be redesigned and changed into CNNPhilippines.com.
On the day of the soft launching of CNN Philippines held last October 14, 2014, at the Solaire Resort & Casino, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker released a statement that said: The global news gathering power of CNN combined with the local perspective Nine Media Corporation brings enables us to provide first-class news and information to millions of Filipinos in a way that we have not been able to previously. I couldn't be happier to welcome CNN Philippines to the CNN family.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Sonny Coloma was the guest of honor at the trade launch of CNNPH at the Philippine International Convention Center the following day. RPN, the broadcaster of CNNPH, is formerly under the portfolio of PCOO, also known as Media Ng Bayan, from 1986 (sequestration from the Benedicto family, the original owner of RPN) until 2011 (when Solar Entertainment Corporation privatized the station); although PCOO still owns 20% minority share on RPN.