History of Philippine Television

PHILIPPINE TELEVISION TIMELINE

JUNE 26 1946 - James Lindenberg, an American engineer dubbed as the "father of Philippine television," began assembling transmitters and established the Bolinao Electronics Corporation (BEC).
1949 - BEC to radio broadcasting with DZBC
MARCH 1, 1950 - Republic Broadcasting System (RBS, later GMA) started with the launching of its first AM radio station in Manila through Radio Broadcasting Station, DZBB.
JUNE 14, 1950 - Philippine Congress granted the request of Lindenberg to establish a television station. He was the first to apply for a license.
OCTOBER 23, 1953 - Judge Antonio Quirino bought 70-percent share of BEC stocks. He then changed the name of BEC to Alto Broadcasting System (ABS). Quirino marked the first official telecast in the Philippines through the launching of DZAQ-TV Channel 3.
1956 - Chronicle Broadcasting Network (CBN), established as a radio medium in 1956 by businessmen Eugenio and Fernando Lopez brought ABS from Judge Quirino, and merged the two companies under the name BEC.
OCTOBER 29, 1961 - Republic Broadcasting System (RBS, later GMA), owned by Robert Stewart, was established.
FEBRUARY 1, 1967 - The corporate name of BEC was changed to ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation .
1996 - Republic Broadcasting System, Inc. changed its corporate identity to GMA Network, Inc.
 
MAJOR TELEVISION NETWORKS
 
ABS-CBN CORPORATION - The oldest and currently the largest television network. It held on to the number one spot of the ratings from 1987 to 2004, ending with GMA taking its dominant spot. ABS-CBN managed to regain strong patronage by Filipinos from 2005 to 2012, and as of 2013, it is currently the country's most watched television network.
ASSOCIATED BROADCASTING COMPANY (TV5) - Launched DZTM-5 in 1960 by Chino Roces of Manila Times. In February 1992, ABC relaunced channel 5 and became the fastest-growing network in the 1990's. In 2008, the channel changed its name to TV5, and after a massive marketing campaign and huge contribution from PLDT after it acquired TV5 in 2010. TV5 became successful once again, regaining its number three spot in audience shares and ratings.
GMA NETWORK, INC. -  GMA became one of the instrumental during the People Power Revolution in 1986 and became top stations in the country. Though the Kapuso campaign launched in 2002 helped GMA to rise as the dominant television network within 2004, ABS-CBN's resurgence from 2005 to 2012 undermined this status in 2013, relegating GMA to its current status as the second most-watched television network in the country.

DIGITAL TELEVISION

Eagle Broadcasting Corporation, owned by Iglesia Ni Cristo, in partnership with the Christian Era Broadcasting Service, also known as Iglesia ni Cristo Television, the companies launched the first digital television station in the country - DZCE-TV, GEMNET in 2007. Initially broadcasting in DVB-T, it shifted to using ISDB-T in 2009.

The Roadmap of Philippines' Digital TV

 

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