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|Type||Broadcast television network|
Higit sa Balita, Aksyon!|
(Better than News, Action!)
|TV stations||List of AksyonTV stations|
|Headquarters||TV5 Media Center, Reliance cor. Sheridan Sts., Mandaluyong City|
Nation Broadcasting Corporation |
(Programming and Broadcast Facilities)
Manuel V. Pangilinan (Chairman, TV5 Network Inc./NBC) |
Chot Reyes (President and CEO, TV5 Network Inc.)
Engr. Erwin V. Galang (Head, Regulatory and Industry Relations, Nation Broadcasting Corporation)
Engr. Edward Benedict V. Galang (Network Engineering Operations, Nation Broadcasting Corporation)
Miguel G. Belmonte (Station Manager, AksyonTV/Radyo5)
February 21, 2011 (terrestrial) |
July 2011 (international)
|MTV Philippines (2001–2007)|
|The 5 Network|
Filipino (main) |
|Owned by||TV5 Network|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Sister channel(s)||Kapatid TV5|
|OSN (MENA)||Channel 710 (SD)|
Aksyon TV (English: Action TV) is a commercial broadcast television network in the Philippines. It is a joint venture of Nation Broadcasting Corporation and TV5 Network, both under PLDT media arm MediaQuest Holdings. Its programs is primarily produced by TV5's divisions News5 and ESPN 5. AksyonTV is being broadcast terresrially through DWNB-TV, (UHF Channel 41) which is carried on (UHF Channel 29) in Cebu, Davao and other relay stations, as well as a digital subchannel on Channel 5.2 in Metro Manila. Occupies the frequency previously used by MTV Philippines (now MTVph), a subsidiary of MTV Networks Asia Pacific until 2006.
It started broadcasting on February 21, 2011, as an all-news channel, with simulcasts from Radyo5 and independent produced newscast from News5. It has carried-over sports coverages due to shutdown of sports primetime block AKTV On May 2013 due to high airtime cost and low ratings caused by IBC's impending privatization. Its main broadcast facilities is located at TV5 Media Center, Reliance cor. Sheridan sts., Mandaluyong City. It was the first and only 24-hour news channel on free-to-air TV and the first 24-hour Filipino language news channel until December 1, 2013. It currently operates daily from 5:00 AM to 12:00 MN.
The programs line-up of AksyonTV also including news programs, news analysis, news talk radio, documentary talk shows and sports news with special focus on current affairs, entertainment well as other programs news-sports related programs.
Originally, local UHF channel 41 was intended to broadcast local programming under the supervision of Nation Broadcasting Corporation. Sometime in 2000, MTV Networks Asia Pacific, operator of MTV (Music Television) brand in Asia wanted to transmit its music channel on terrestrial television in the Philippines. Eventually, MTV Networks Asia Pacific entered into an agreement with Nation Broadcasting Corporation to transmit its localize music channel via its UHF channel and started broadcasting MTV Philippines on January 1, 2001 until the partnership ended on February 15, 2007.
On March 2010 MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., a PLDT subsidiary, Philippines largest telecommunication company, announced the acquisition of ABC Development Corporation, broadcaster of TV5 from the Cojuangco family and Malaysia-based broadcaster Media Prima Berhad.
On October 2010, through its flagship station, it took over the management of Nation Broadcasting Corporation and its radio and television businesses, particularly 92.3 News FM and UHF channel 41. Consequently, UHF channel 41 went on air and began its initial test broadcast of its radio station 92.3 News FM from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. (Philippine Standard Time, UTC+8).
On December 2010, ABC Development Corporation announced plans to launch its own news and sport-related channel. On February 21, 2011, AksyonTV started its commercial broadcast.
On June 2013, several sports programs from IBC 13's defunct blocktimer AKTV were carried over to AksyonTV. This was done by the TV5 Network, Inc. management after the deal expired on May 2013. News and public affairs programs were either moved to a new timeslot or canceled.
Since December 2013, AksyonTV removed its 24-hour broadcasting activities due to cost-cutting measures by the management as well as NTC's rules and regulations for affiliated free-to-air TV stations.
Since July 21, 2014, AksyonTV ceased producing any independent newscasts including news advisories (e.g. Aksyon Breaking, Aksyon Weather). This was done after TV5 unified all of its newscasts under the Aksyon brand.
Since October 2015, AksyonTV dropped its simulcast of the PBA games after the move of the Filsports Basketball Association from PTV as part of PTV-4 reorganization and the taped airing of the PCBL (Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League) and other PSL (Philippine Super Liga) games on the same network every weeknights and weekends.
In 2016, AksyonTV further improved its sports programming, starting the year with the return of the PBA D-League on Sports5 and being the second home of the UFC (including The Ultimate Fighter) and the PGA tour after its parent network TV5 and cable channel Hyper.
By December 19, 2016, AksyonTV moved from Cignal Channel 1 to Channel 6.
In 2017, AksyonTV reformatted itself to complement sister station, TV5, as the network started airing reruns of American series that air or aired on TV5, like, Arrow and Supernatural. It also started airing Movie Max 5 in lieu of live sports programming. This move, almost similarly done by its counterpart, GMA News TV, was heavily criticized by viewers, putting news programs and coverage on-hold for these programming of the two free-TV news channels. In December of the same year, the channel also added classic TV5 local programming.
The network also expanded its broadcast hours till 1:00 am on selected days.
AksyonTV is presented in English and Filipino languages. Programming is distributed equally between news coverage, sports coverage (since June 2013 after the expiration of Mediaquest-IBC 13 blocktime agreement), special coverage, weather and talk shows. AksyonTV's programs comprises a combination of live news reports, documentaries, sports and current affairs programming. Its existing lineup of programming draws upon TV5's own resources and its news partners. It also airs simulcasts programs of Radyo5 92.3 News FM and news programs of TV5.
After AKTV on IBC 13's ceased operation, all sports programs of AKTV and Sports5 (now ESPN 5) were moved to AksyonTV. The channel also started airing foreign entertainment programs that aired on TV5 from 2017, though it is only considered as filler to the network's programming.
It was announced in early 2011 that it would launch an international channel to support AksyonTV's local presence. In July 2011, Pilipinas Global Network Ltd., a company owned by PLDT, Inc. and ABC Development Corporation (now TV5 Network Inc.) based in British Virgin Islands will oversee the operation of AksyonTV International. The news channel will be primarily accessible to viewers in the Middle East, North Africa and some parts in Europe and North America.
On March 16, 2011, ABC Development Corporation (TV5) and Nation Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) filed a complaint to local regulator in the Philippines, the National Telecommunications Commission against Sky Cable Corporation, one of ABS-CBN Corporation subsidiaries, broadcaster of ABS-CBN and TV5’s competitor. In its complaint, ABC and NBC criticized SkyCable for its inaction to the request of the latter and subsequently non-inclusion of AksyonTV to its lineup, despite local laws instructing all cable and satellite companies operating in the Philippines to carry all free-to-air networks. Under Memorandum Circular 4-08-88 (or otherwise known as the “Must Carry Rule”), all entities in the cable and satellite businesses are required to include all free-to-air channels on its system regardless of its capabilities. SkyCable on the other hand revoke its compliance to the order due to system capacity and will conform once an additional facility is in place. On April 1, 2011, SkyCable announces the inclusion of AksyonTV on its channel lineup effective May 4, 2011 but made it earlier on April 30, four days from the planned May 4 launch. On July 2011, it was moved from Channel 61 to Channel 59 on SkyCable.