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MTRCB scores with prompt move

We highly commend the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chair, lawyer Eugenio “Toto” Villareal, for his decisiveness in ensuring quality in TV programs and making them fit for public consumption by taking immediate action on broadcast infractions (“MTRCB requires TV morning show ‘Unang Hirit’ to apologize,” Entertainment, 12/11/13).

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Too much credit-grabbing by TV networks

Admittedly, Supertyphoon “Yolanda” was the worst, most devastating and deadliest typhoon ever to hit our country.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The President’s 12-minute blah

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It’s an object lesson on how to squander political capital: President Aquino preempts prime-time TV programming to defend Budget Secretary Butch Abad’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)—and reaps rebuke.

Posted: November 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Wiser choices for kids

Thank you for the terrific Aug. 18 editorial “TV for kids.” It’s a wake-up call for parents not to take TV viewing for granted. The wide availability of all forms of mass media nowadays makes it imperative for parents to become more proactive and empowered media consumers. If we start choosing better TV shows, Internet [...]

Posted: September 12th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

TV for kids

In the Philippines, the TV set is now as much a member of the family as Nanay and Tatay. Many parents plunk their children down in front of the screen and leave them to be distracted while the adults go about their business. That television has taken on the all-important role of “babysitter” ought to ring alarm bells, especially because some parents essentially trust its content as not only safe but perhaps even good for their kids.

Posted: August 17th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Gays, lesbians and soap operas

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Many years back, friends who were connected with an NGO devising “communication strategies” on family planning invited me to take part in a dialogue with writers, directors and producers of local soap operas for the top two broadcast stations.

Posted: July 1st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stories that must be told

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It doesn’t really matter that Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” didn’t make it big at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) box office. The mere fact that it was accepted as an entry at the MMFF was triumph enough.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A belated appreciation

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Trolling the TV air-lanes the other night, we came upon an unexpected gift: a TV documentary on Jose Rizal, whose death anniversary was being observed that day.

Posted: December 31st, 2012 in Columnists,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Crime and the mass media

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The word “ubiquity” refers to the quality of being everywhere. It captures succinctly the perception of a whole society being engulfed by crime—that is, if one goes by the early evening news on television. Crime reports bookend the rest of the news so routinely that crime is no longer “newsworthy” in the sense of being [...]

Posted: December 5th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Need to know

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On the face of it, the Supreme Court decision to ban the airing of the Maguindanao massacre trial seems reasonable. “While this court recognizes the freedom of the press and the right to public information…. the rights of the direct parties should not be forgotten. In a clash among these competing interests and in terms of the values the Constitution recognizes, jurisprudence makes it clear that the balance should always be weighed in favor of the accused. Live TV has no place in a criminal trial.”

Posted: November 14th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Infotainment, the bane of broadcasting today

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While we may quarrel over when and how it was delivered—harap harapan (in your face) and on a happy social occasion, the 25th-anniversary celebration of ABS-CBN’s “TV Patrol”—we totally agree with the bombshell that President Aquino dropped on news anchor Noli de Castro last July 27.

Posted: August 9th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Kid-friendly TV hours should be set by law

This refers to the news item titled “DepEd releases rules for law shielding kids from TV violence” (Inquirer, 7/17/12), on the launching last July 17 of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Children’s Television Act of 1997 (Republic Act 8370). Television viewers now expect to see more child-friendly programs. It is hoped, as [...]

Posted: August 7th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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