Studio 23 Launches Newscasts ‘iba-Balita Ngayon’ & ‘Bilis Balita’

Tony Velasquez, Lynda Jumilla and TJ Manotoc anchor Studio 23's newscasts.

Following the successful launch of its primetime newscast “iba-BALITA” with Anthony Taberna, Studio 23 is launching a noontime newscast and a series of news advisories to keep Kabarkada viewers fresh updates throughout the day starting Monday (Mar 7).

Veteran broadcast journalists Tony Velasquez and Lynda Jumilla bring with them more than 20 years of newsgathering experience as the anchors of the dynamic Filipino-language newscast “iba-BALITA Ngayon” that will air weekdays at 11:30 am.

“I’m greatful for this opportunity to be of service to another audience,” said Velasquez. ’iba-BALITA Ngayon’ can offer viewers fresh updates on running stories, breaking news reports, and insightful analysis and commentary through live interviews with newsmakers and analysts. The extensive reach of our broadcast journalists and our regional and international bureaus will give the most comprehensive coverage of the day’s events.”

“Today, people demand for news and information anytime of the day. People no longer have to wait until the evening to find out what’s happening around them. As early as possible, they would like to know what are about to happen for the rest of the day,” said Jumilla, who looks forward to her tandem with Velasquez, a long-time colleague.

Velasquez has produced special reports for ABS-CBN’s “Krusada” and anchors ANC’s primetime newscast “The Rundown” and the information technology show “Future Perfect.” Apart from covering major political beats previously as a reporter, Velasquez did special assignments like covering the Asian tsunami disaster in 2004. He and his cameraman were the only Filipino news team on the ground and at one point, got exclusive video which a wire agency bought from ABS-CBN.

Like Velasquez, Jumilla has developed extensive sources in the government as she had covered the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. It was Jumilla who got an exclusive on the return of former Agriculture secretary Cito Lorenzo, who was linked to the fertilizer fund scam being investigated by the Senate.

“I hope to see the closure of the fertilizer fund scam within my lifetime—to give justice to our long suffering farmers,” said Jumilla.

Meanwhile, broadcast journalist TJ Manotoc returns to Studio 23 as the anchor of “Bilis Balita” News Advisories everyday at 2 PM and 4 PM. On primetime, “Bilis Balita” airs every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, at 6 PM and 8 PM. It will air three times within PBA games every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday nights.

Manotoc feels good to be called up “off the bench” and fill in a spot for Studio 23’s news advisories. He previously anchored Studio 23’s English news program “News Central” for three years and now looks forward to anchoring the news advisories in Filipino.

“What makes Bilis Balita different is it gives our loyal viewers the right amount and balance of news they need at a timely pace between noontime and primetime, especially in between PBA games,” he said. “Giving viewers a mini-newscast like ‘Bilis Balita’ will keep them informed without having to leave the channel and risk missing the resumption of action for the next game,” he said.

Aside from the new newscasts, Studio 23 is airing the new seasons of “The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business” every Tuesday at 9:30 pm, “Desperate Housewives” every Thursday at 10:30 pm, and “Grey’s Anatomy” every Thursday at 11:30 pm.

43 Comments on Studio 23 Launches Newscasts ‘iba-Balita Ngayon’ & ‘Bilis Balita’


    malungkot ako kasi mas late timeslot na ang imortal last priority talaga ang imortal but for me the best parin yan imortal para sa akin number 1 yan sa puso ko at hindi ako bibitiw sana kayo rin please.%%%%

  2. pakibasa KAPUSO!BWAHAHHA! // March 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm //

    nasa sTUDIO 23 ang NBA and PBA pero sila ang nagbabayad sa oras nila dun, wala na kasing nagdadala sa solar tv, wala na e. LUGI! matagal na ang ANC Siya lang amg may 24 hours news channel sa pinas, nanggagaya lang ang gma, lugi na kasi ang QTV11!bwahaha! e qtv man e nagbabayad lang sila ng renta at oras sa ZOE TV na pag-aari ni bro. eddie villanueva na dapat pag-aari ding el shaddai.

  3. gma sign off kaagad before 12mid kasi laki ang nalugi sa qtv at mismong gma na rin wawa nmn,.hahaha // March 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm //


  4. wala na po ang solar tv… etc na ngayon kaya linipat ang mga sports coverage sa studio23…malay mo nasa abs-cbn na rin ang mga laban ni pacquiao…

  5. Akala ko ba ABS CBN ang naka franchise ng PBA at NBA. Hindi pala. Solar Entertainment pala...engot neto.. // March 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm //

    ano yun EAT BULAGA? baka eat bulaga ang tinutukoy mo tangang kanguso!

  6. gma news tv slogan..oras oras alam ko.pero sign off before 12midnight ano yun? anc 24hours lang naman! // March 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm //

    gma news tv slogan..oras oras alam ko.pero sign off before 12midnight ano yun? anc 24hours lang naman! try harder kapuso!

  7. Then who pays for the airtime of those leagues at Studio 23?

    Better get the facts right kiddo!!! That is how business goes! It is just a win-win situation. Studio 23 is just living up to their mother slogan’s “In the Service of the Filipino”!




  9. Infairness sa GMA NEWS TV may commercial load na pumapasok sa shows nila. // March 4, 2011 at 10:40 am //

    Akala ko ba ABS CBN ang naka franchise ng PBA at NBA. Hindi pala. Solar Entertainment pala.

    Block time lang pala sila sa Studio 23. Ung kinikita sa commercial loads ng PBA at NBA Diresto sa Solar Entertainment.

  10. to no 32.korek ka dyan. sana gnito ang mga comment may sense.

  11. rampadorang_tisoy // March 4, 2011 at 10:20 am //


  12. You guys keep on bragging about GMA-7’s Peabody award… Do you even know how minute that organisation is? And how huge the amount of qualifying for that award is?

    Seriously, if I were the head of a channel/news dept, I wouldnt waste my money on that small award giving body… I will just use it to invest on new equipment and training for my staff – just how Maria Ressa and Ging Reyes is spending money for the organisation now.

    ABS-CBN Operates a 24-Hour News Channel, Channel 2 News, DZMM, Regional Networks of over 20 Terrestrial Channels and more than 40 radio stations nationwide, 4 International News Bureaus with a local evening newscast for each region. Once GMA says straight to my face that they can operate at the same level without sensationalising their news just like how Mike Enrquiez does it, then I can say they have surpassed ABS-CBN’s level.

    Honestly, GMA News TV only has 40% News Content. The rest are replays of their late night shows and entertainment/lifestyle shows.

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  14. Anonymous // March 4, 2011 at 9:36 am //


  15. jcinjeddah.. // March 4, 2011 at 9:35 am //

    gma gaya-gaya:
    here are some proof:
    kapamilya-kapuso, star cinema-gma films, star records-gma records, starmagic-gma artist center, cinema one-PBO, studio23-Qtv, ANC-ano ba yun?, the buzz-showbiz central, ASAP-SOP to PP, tvpatrol logo-24oras logo, rico blanco sa imortal-marc abaya sa i heart u pare, myx nalang ang di nila makopya-kopya..bakit kaya..??

  16. true blooded kapamilya! // March 4, 2011 at 9:26 am //

    @alex g!…kung cnu ka man…dont you ever mess up with us KAPAMILYAS!…baka gusto mo idamay lahat…and FYI lang alex g!…no one can turn ABS-CBN down!…

  17. Alex G has freedom of expression // March 4, 2011 at 8:03 am //

    Alex G has freedom ,he used only his freedom of expression Philippines is a democratic country everyone is entitled of his opinion go alex it is your right nobody can impede you in doing things. Go imortal go alex G. We loved you.. Please Alex Support IMORTAL and angel locsin. We will support you Alex G…..

  18. Anonymous // March 4, 2011 at 7:51 am //

    @21…malayo ba kayo sa sibilisasyon?…ang ABS-CBN ang may-ari ng ANC which is known for 15 years!…and QTV11 is known for mga walang kwentang shows that is why they changed it to a News Channel…remember QTV11 tried to copy MYX Channel( nakakahiya!…and one more thing…GMA can not afford to get another channel….that is why TRASH ang GMA….!

  19. true blooded kapamilya! // March 4, 2011 at 7:46 am //


    …kawawa ka naman…naniniwala sa mga kasinungalingan ng GMA moh!…di mo ba alam na and GMA ang may pinakapangit na line up ng balita…imagine ang balita niyo sa umaga..ay balita sa tanghali at balita sa gabi!…nakakasawa!…at ito pa..ang balita niyo sa QTV11 ay balita niyo sa GMA…unlike ABS-CBN…iba ang balita sa Studio 23…wanna mess up with me ha 20!

  20. @21

    napaghahalatang wala kayong cable. ahahaha. 15 years na ang ANC na pinipilit gayahin ng GMA News TV mo. Ang looks ginaya naman sa Teleradyo.

  21. Anonymous // March 4, 2011 at 5:59 am //

    @22 tanga yang c 21 excuse me dati nang may ANC ang abs-cbn no tanga ka 21

  22. turagsoy // March 4, 2011 at 4:52 am //


    engot ka. gmanewstv gustong maging ANC. sino ang nanggaya?

  23. Anonymous // March 4, 2011 at 4:10 am //

    gaya gaya sa gmanewstv!

  24. kapalmiya // March 4, 2011 at 2:45 am //

    studio23 is now trying hard to look and feel like GMA News TV. lol! hahaha!
    Balitanghali- ibabalita ngayon
    NEWS TV LIVE- bilis balita

    ano ba yan. still nag iisa lang ang Serbisyo Totoo.

    Studio23 is Serbisyo BOBO! bwahahaha!

  25. dami ko na friends,.

    maya niyan meron na ako article d2.. hays.

    mga garapata..


  26. alex g. ULOL // March 4, 2011 at 1:26 am //

    haha,,,patawa ka …MAMATAY KA NA

  27. andami ko nang friends.. thanks..


  28. Monitoring... // March 4, 2011 at 12:46 am //

    Is it true na plan ng ABS-CBN na bumili ng blocktime sa IBC 13 para ipalabas ang TV programs (reruns) nila and eventually, simultaneous na yung programming since balak na i-privatize ang RPN at IBC. Considering na excellent ang signal ng channel 13 in VHF?

  29. @13 tama..haha...wala ksng magawa c alex g. sa buhay nya...akala mo naman binabayaran sya para magcomment d2 palagi..hihihi // March 4, 2011 at 12:29 am //

    alex g..ULOL…may RABIES

  30. omg….sobra naman ito alex g..lahat ng pages dito eh puro copy and paste…

  31. Alex G-ang bAbaeng hampaslupa,kut0ng lupa, // March 3, 2011 at 11:44 pm //

    Very active tlaga sa starm0meter ang b0b0ng c alex g,haha,
    cge tngkilikn m0 lng ung STARM0METER kawawa naman dn kc ang site na ito d man lang napasali sa t0p 50 pin0y sites,

  32. Pasimpleng tumira ng kalaban ang GMA. Lahat ng slogan nila at publicity stints, discreet na tumitira sa ABS-CBN. Nasan ang credibility kung unfair na lumalaban at kinokondisyon ang utak ng mamamayan upang gumawa ng isyu at paksyon sa pagitan ng media companies–lahat sa ngalan ng ratings at revenues. Mahiya naman kayo. Parang kabaliktaran ng totoong serbisyo.

  33. Alex G-ang bAbaeng hinampas sa lupa,ang bAbaeng kut0ng lupa,ang bAbaeng hampaslupa // March 3, 2011 at 11:41 pm //

    alex g is a very g0od example of d term “KAPAMILYA” in terms of behavi0r/attitude
    N0w u kn0w. . .

  34. Alex G-ang bAbaeng hinampas sa lupa,ang bAbaeng kut0ng lupa,ang bAbaeng hampaslupa // March 3, 2011 at 11:41 pm //

    alex g is a very g0od example of d term “KAPAMILYA”
    N0w u kn0w. . .

  35. IBA NA TALAGA ANG COMPETETION NGAYON... // March 3, 2011 at 11:17 pm //


  36. iba-Balita ngayon itatapat sa BALITAANG TAPAT ng TV5 // March 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm //

    Studio 23 gets its own noontime newscast vs NEWS 5’S BALITAANG TAPAT!

  37. alex g: How would you equate a Decline in Ads, Cheap Awards, Flop Movie Gross & Poor Artists' Endorsements, from a high ratings (daw!?) claimed by gozon? // March 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm //

    Cheating & Data Tampering (c/o AGB), Desperate Publicities (c/o PEP), Mind Conditioning, Rating Manipulations, etc.

  38. alex g: Did you know that gma7 was always the first channel that SIGNS-OFF the tv? Did you also know that AGB Nielsen Media Research has a pending case here & abroad? // March 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm //

    Early Signing-Off, Cost Cutting, Debt Increase & Financial Crisis. Words that best describes gma right now.

  39. alex g: Kapit-Tuko tlga si gozon sa ratings, "FOREVER". TALUNAN kasi sa Ads, Awards, Movies at Artists' Endorsements. // March 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm //

    Boboserye, Flopserye, Peryaserye at ngayon Pokpokserye. telebabad na walang ka-kwenta-kwentang palabas.

  40. alex g: to gma, sinisingil na kayo ng KARMA. Wala kasing ibang ginawa kundi ang "Desperate Self-Proclaim Publicity" & "Ratings Manipulation", mapa Ads, Awards o Movies, TALUNAN, "FOREVER". // March 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm //

    Tigilan na ang Pandaraya (c/o AGB & PEP) para d kayo ma-KARMA, “FOREVER”.

  41. alex g: PANIC na masyado si gozon, SELF-PROCLAIM EFFECT ang drama. TALUNAN na nga sa lahat ng bagay, Tinanggal na nga sa KBP, at may gana pang magtayo ng gma news tv, ambisyoso. // March 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm //

    “Self-Proclaim Effect”, heto ang paraan ng gma para i-promote ang sarili, aside from Ratings Manipulation.

  42. alex g: "Walang kinikilingan, walang pinoproteksyonan, walang kasinungalingan, walang bahid pulitika, serbisyong totoo lang, PERO NASUSUHULAN NG PERA PARA GUMAWA NG COMMERCIALS (how stupid). // March 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm //

    PERA lang pala katapat ng gma news anchors/reporters para gumawa ng commercials, nawala tuloy prinsipiyo (baliw).

  43. alex g: Valentines Box Office King pala ah, ni wala nga kasabay na Filipino movie eh, 36.21M in 2 weeks lang!? (as compared to BULONG with 64.28M). May "Divine Intervention" pa raw, sabi ni mother lily (how stupid). // March 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm //

    “Napakahirap na ng buhay ngayon, kaya for a movie to make over P135 million in 3 days is a miracle. Divine intervention ito”.

    -lily monteverde (baliw).

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