24 Oras

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24 Oras
File:24 Oras logo (2014).png
Logo used since November 10, 2014
Genre Newscast
Live action
Created by GMA Network
Developed by GMA News and Public Affairs
Directed by Weeknights
Joel San Luis
Lirio Dayao
Presented by Weeknight anchors
Mel Tiangco
Mike Enriquez
Vicky Morales
Weekend anchors
Pia Arcangel
Jiggy Manicad
Narrated by Joel Reyes Zobel (weekdays, 2004–2014)
Mike Enriquez (weekdays, 2014–present)
Pia Arcangel (weekends, 2010-present)
Theme music composer Jimmy Antiporda
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino
No. of episodes N/A (airs daily)
Executive producer(s) Antonio Magsumbol
Production location(s) Studio 5, GMA Network Center, Quezon City
Running time 75 minutes (Weeknights)
30 minutes
Original network GMA Network
Picture format 480i SDTV
Audio format Stereo
Original release March 15, 2004 (2004-03-15) – present
Preceded by Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco (as early evening newscast)
GMA Weekend Report (as weekend newscast)
External links

24 Oras (24 Hours) is the flagship national network news broadcast of GMA Network. It is the nightly national newscast which airs in the Philippines on GMA and worldwide via GMA Pinoy TV. It is aired every weeknights from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM, and every Saturdays and Sundays from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM (PST). The newscast can be heard on radio through Super Radyo DZBB 594 in Mega Manila and several of its regional Super Radyo stations nationwide (Super Radyo 909 Palawan, Super Radyo 1323 Iloilo, Super Radyo 999 Cebu and Super Radyo 1125 Davao).


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24 Oras set as of February 21, 2011


24 Oras premiered on March 15, 2004 at 6:15pm, replacing Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco as the network's answer to longest-running newscast TV Patrol. Frontpage anchor Mel Tiangco was joined by Saksi's Mike Enriquez, rejoining them in one newscast since they co-anchored Saksi from 1996 to 1998. Special weekend editions are also being aired when it deemed necessary (See below). The show, meanwhile, transferred its timeslot from 6:15pm to 6:30pm, it was currently extended to 90 minutes.

On June 2004, along with Saksi, the show relaunched its studio set,[1] and graphics packages, and later in September 2004, the show was listed top 10 from the AGB Nielsen TV Ratings, leading 24 Oras, the most-watched primetime newscast.

From 2005, the newscast continued to air in Holy Week until 2007.[2]

On December 1, 2005, the coverage by 24 Oras of a siege of Camp Bagong Diwa was mentioned in the best news program category in the Asian Television Awards in Singapore.[3]

The show relaunched in April 17, 2006 with a new graphics package, and a new set with floating large rear projection screens that allow the anchors to virtually "talk" to correspondents in live feeds, also the anchors are doing stand-up news delivery. The studio set was shared by Saksi during that time. PAGASA's Nathaniel Cruz anchors weather news during severe weather conditions.

On August 11, 2008, the show was relaunched again with a multi-million peso studio set using LED, a new desk which is identical to the desk used by CBS Evening News, new graphics, new titles, and its new slogan "Tahanan ng Katotohanan". On April 2010, the show became the home of Vizrt Touchscreen system a real-time broadcast solutions system which is use in the YouScoop segment designed and developed by GMA New Media.

24 Oras became instrumental and controversial on covering the 2010 Manila hostage crisis, the authorities ordered a media blackout, but failed, when covering live the arrest of the brother of the hostage-taker, the hostage-taker was apparently monitoring GMA-7 and found out about it; the situation became worse when gunshots were heard inside the bus assuming that the hostage taker was watching, it monitored the SWAT's movement of the rescue, the massacre ended at least one hour, when the hostage taker was shot dead on live TV, due to teargas that choked the bus. [4] The coverage ate up its primetime block, from 6:30-9:30pm, giving 19.7% of its audience share from AGB Nielsen.

On December 6, 2010, the news program updated its graphics. A day later, it updated its OBB and title card. On February 21, 2011, along with Unang Hirit, Saksi, and GMA Flash Report, the newscast introduced a new studio set, new graphics, new theme, and new OBB. The new theme music is a remix of 24 Oras 2008-2011 theme music & an element of an opera voice, eventually it was developed in 2010.

On October 10, 24 Oras updated only its graphics. This also use a new font Antique Olive on their graphics, replacing Myriad font, which is used on other GMA newscasts.

On June 4, 2012, 24 Oras launched its new weather segment titled I.M. Ready: GMA Weather (based on the advisory advertisement of the said title, and the branding of I.M. Ready). On June 2013, 24 Oras introduced its augmented reality graphics, initially used at the beginning of the show for presentation/demonstration purposes. It is currently used for US Dollar exchange rate, Metro Manila air index, some live crosses and for other occasional purposes (such as Christmas/New Year Countdowns and demographics/data gathering in connection of a certain news story). A notable coverage of GMA News called "Super Typhoon Yolanda", covering the devastating Typhoon Haiyan (international name), won its 4th George Foster's Peabody Awards in 2014.


On November 10, 2014, as part of GMA News' shakeup, Vicky Morales joined the 24 Oras team as its third anchor. Also, GMA Regional newscasts for Bicol, Cebu, Davao, Northern Mindanao, Iloilo, Dagupan and Ilocos adopted the 24 Oras branding. Along with Saksi and Balitanghali, the graphic package went flat, also their title cards, the return of the Myriad font for 24 Oras, and the OBB, along with its energetic theme music. All of these changes are answers to competition of its long-time rival, ABS-CBN's TV Patrol.[5][6] On April 24, 2015, with GMA Network's plans of streamlining regional operations, the Ilokano, Bikol and Northern Mindanao editions were axed by the management, followed by Iloilo edition on November 13.[7]

After 11 years of delivering showbiz news on Chika Minute, Pia Guanio tearfully bid farewell to 24 Oras to concentrate on her families. Iya Villania took over as the new Chika Minute anchor on June 15, 2015, a month later the recap for Kalyeserye (AlDub) are included on the latter part of Chika Minute.

Weekend edition

Before the launch of the weekend edition, 24 Oras occasionally appeared on weekends during special coverages (e.g., typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, and the Maguindanao massacre) and the weekend before the elections instead of airing GMA Weekend Report or Flash Report Special Edition from 2004−07 which also anchored by Enriquez and Tiangco (So have been called Tutok:Eleksyon 2004/2007. The two also appeared in Sunday edition before the 2010 and 2013 elections). Notable guest anchors (once appeared) for the special edition were Saksi anchors Arnold Clavio and Vicky Morales.

On February 21, 2010, the weekend edition of 24 Oras was launched, replacing GMA Weekend Report. Balitanghali anchor Pia Arcangel and Reporter's Notebook host Jiggy Manicad were the anchors of weekend edition. Unlike the weekday edition, one of the anchors narrate the headlines.

Regional newscasts


Delivered in Filipino - Anchored by CJ Torida.


Delivered in Cebuano - Anchored by Bobby Nalzaro and Cecille Quibod-Castro.


Delivered in Cebuano - Anchored by Tek Ocampo and Sarah Hilomen-Velasco.

Defunct regional newscasts


Delivered in Ilocano - Final anchor: Jorge Guerrero

Delivered in Bicolano - Final anchor: Elmer Caseles


Delivered in Hiligaynon - Final anchors: Gerthrode Charlotte Tan and Atty. Jobert Peñaflorida


Delivered in Cebuano - Final anchor: Joe Legaspina


Weekday edition

Weekend edition

Segment hosts

  • Nathaniel "Mang Tani" Cruz (2012-present); I M Ready: GMA Weather anchor
  • Iya Villania (2015–present); Chika Minute weeknight anchor
  • Cata Tibayan (2014-present); Chika Minute Saturday anchor
  • Nelson Canlas (2014-present); Chika Minute Sunday anchor

Former anchors

  • Pia Guanio (2004-2015); Chika Minute anchor
  • Grace Lee (2010-2011); Chika Minute Saturday anchor
  • Luane Dy (2010-2014); Chika Minute weekend anchor

Awards and recognition

New York Festivals
  • 2009 Winner, Gold World Medal for Coverage of an Ongoing Story[8]
  • 2009 Winner, Silver World Medal for Best Newscast[8]
US International Film and Video Festival
  • 2013 Certificate for Creative Excellence, Newscast category (Sendong tragedy)[9]
Asian Television Awards
  • 2005 Highly Commended, Best News Program (Camp Bagong Diwa Siege)
Telly Award
  • 2011 Bronze Telly Award, News/News Feature Category (Super Typhoon Juan)[10]
Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA)
  • 2011 Winner, Best News Program
  • 2010 Special Citation for Best News Program (Ondoy and Maguindanao Massacre Coverage)
  • 2007 Winner, Best News Program
  • 2004 Winner, Best News Program
ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards for Television
  • 2011 Winner, Outstanding News Program
PMPC Star Awards for Television
  • 2011 Winner, Best News Program
  • 2007 Winner, Best Female Newscaster (Mel Tiangco)[11]
  • 2006 Winner, Best News Program
USTv Student Choice Awards
  • 2012 Winner, Best Local News and Current Affairs Program:
  • 2011 Winner, Best Local News and Public Affairs Program
  • 2009 Winner, Best News Program
Gandingan: UPLB Isko't Iska's Broadcast Choice Awards
Gawad Tanglaw
  • 2012 Winner, Best News Program
  • 2011 Winner, Best News Program(tied up with TV Patrol)
  • 2009 Winner, Best News Program
Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Awards
Northwest Samar State University Annual Awards
  • 2013 Winner, Best News and Public Affairs Program
  • 2013 Winner, Mike Enriquez: Best News and Public Affairs Male Program Anchor
  • 2013 Winner, Mel Tiangco: Best News and Public Affairs Female Program Anchor
  • 2012 Winner, Best News and Public Affairs Program
  • 2012 Winner, Mike Enriquez: Best News and Public Affairs Male Program Anchor
PMAP Makatao Awards for Media Excellence
  • 2012 Winner, Best News Program
  • 2012 Winner, Mel Tiangco: Best TV Female Newscaster
National Academy of Television Arts & Science (Emmy Awards)
  • 2013 Winner, Best Documentary
George Foster Peabody Awards
  • 2014 Winner, Best News Coverage for "Super Typhoon Yolanda"; along with State of the Nation, Saksi, 24 Oras Weekend, & Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho


  • The Central Visayas, Western Visayas (Ratsada 24 Oras), Southern Mindanao and North Central Luzon (24 Oras Amianan) editions were similar to the former regional newscasts like Balitang Bisdak, Ratsada, Testigo and Balitang Amianan.

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