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Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) is a Philippine VHF television network of the Government Communications Group headed by the Press Secretary. Its studios are located at Broadcast City, Old Balara, Capitol Hills, Diliman, Quezon City and its transmitter is located at the Coca Cola plant, Roosevelt Avenue, San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City. It is one of three government-owned and controlled television stations, along with Radio Philippines Network.


Beginnings as Inter-Island 13Edit

Channel 13 started broadcasts in 1961 under Inter-Island Broadcasting Corporation thru the tri-media conglomerate of RMN-IBC-Philippine Herald owned by the late Andres Soriano. The station also broadcasts in Cebu and Davao. In the 1970s, IBC launches the color transmission named "Vinta Color" named after the Vintas from Zamboanga, the third network in the Philippines to convert to all-color broadcasts.

Dick Baldwin was the station's first owner, and programming first consisted of mostly foreign programs from CBS, and a few local shows. Andres would only acquire the channel in 1962.

Relaunch as Intercontinental Broadcasting CorporationEdit

On February 1, 1975, Inter-Island 13 split off from the Sorianos, owners of RMN and was renamed Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) and moved to Benedicto Group of Companies by the late Roberto S. Benedicto (1916–2000), who purchased the network consisting of the Manila station and other relay stations in Cebu and Davao. IBC also opened its FM station DWKB-FM the same year. In 1976, IBC metamorphosed into one of the country's most viewed TV network with its primetime lineup and full length local and foreign films aired on this channel. This catapulted IBC in the number one slot among 4 rival networks.

Through the sweat of its employees and the income generated from its programs, the network built and finally moved into its present home at the modern Broadcast City, in 1977. The complex was a 55,000 square metre tract located at Capitol Hills, Diliman, Quezon City.

Post-EDSA RevolutionEdit

After the EDSA revolution, IBC was sequestered by the government. A board of administrators was created to run the station. All of the stocks and assets of IBC, and its sister networks RPN-9 and BBC-2 were sequestered by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

President Corazon Aquino turned over IBC and RPN to the Government Communications Group and awarded BBC through an executive order to ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. When BBC closed down, IBC absorbed majority of its displaced employees, thus doubled the operating expenses of the network. Cost of programs went up three-fold. Line-produced shows and co-production ventures with some big film companies like Viva, Regal, and Seiko were favored. The top rated shows of IBC were pirated by rival networks. Cost of programs, talent fees and TV rights increased tremendously. IBC could no longer afford to produce its own shows. In 1987, IBC 13 was named also E-13 for the first time and its slogan Life Begins at 13 noted for the butterfly logo in the form of the letter E and the number 13. In 1989, E13 renamed back to IBC 13.

IBC took on a new image at the same year, Pusong Pinoy, Pusong Trese, to recapture the glory days it once had. But because of the sequestration, periodic change of management and the internal problems, the network started to lose the support from its advertisers.

Islands TV-13Edit

Islands Broadcasting Corporation under Mr. Tonyboy Cojuangco took over the management and the marketing of IBC (which came to be known as Islands TV-13) in 1990. It was in the later part of its operations that ratings and income suffered due to mismanagement which caused labor unrest.

Return of OperationsEdit

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In 1992, IBC return to air and became a 100% government owned station by virtue of a compromise agreement between PCGG and Roberto Benedicto, management and marketing were returned to the IBC Board of Directors. The programming remained at a standstill in preparation for the launching of a new image of the station.

It was 1994 when IBC launched Pinoy Ang Dating with a Filipino-like visually enticing music video (with Grace Nono as the composer and singer of the same song), an innovation in terms of station identification. Despite limited resources, programming improved but the battle for audience share continued. Advertisers became more responsive to marketing efforts. The said ident won the Gawad CCP Award for Best Station Identification in the said year.[1]

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Vintage Television (VTV), later merged with Viva Television in 2000, entered the scene in 1996 with PBA Games as its major program and continued until 2002. Rehabilitation of the transmitter and other technical facilities where initiated in the central and provincial stations. Viva Main Event is its only program which still airs in IBC until now. It is now part of its new programming block AKTV, making Viva Sports own a mere 20% of the block.

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In 2003, IBC launched its new logo and the new slogan Ang Bagong Pilipino with a freestyle station ID.

In late 2007, IBC Management inked a deal with the Makisig Network, led by Hermie Esguerra. Makisig was accepted as a primetime block-timer of IBC. However, Makisig Network's programs were not aired due to questions on the propriety of the terms and conditions of the agreement. Said agreement expired in October 2008.

Abandonment and privatizationEdit

After four decades of serving the network's dominance and entertainment programing, IBC-13's studios and facilities are abandoned due to negligence and their network's mismanagement. However, their studio equipment, cameras, lighting and props are useless, dilapidated and very old, cash and budgets were cut short and cannot afford to utilize radio-TV operations, their programing and airtime were lost after suffering them from a network war in the late 1980s and the 1990s and many employees lost their jobs. But the management tries to revive the ill-fated network but it failed thereafter in the 2000s.

There were many plans to sell and privatize IBC and its sister station RPN.[2] TV network ABS-CBN was planning to buy the network's blocktime to address signal problems and mimic the former's programs. However, ABS-CBN could not join the privatization bid due to ownership regulations.[3]

IBC has entered into a joint venture agreement with Prime Realty, an affiliate of R-II Builders Group of Reghis Romero Jr. The agreement called for the development of 3.5 hectares of Broadcast City.[4] With this joint venture agreement with a private business enterprise, the Aquino administration expressed its desire to privatize both RPN and IBC and retain the People's Television (PTV) as a sole-mandated government TV network.[5][6]

It has been announced that conglomerate San Miguel Corporation will join the government-sponsored bidding for the privatization of RPN and IBC.[7][8]


IBC signed a blocktime agreement with TV5's sports division Sports5 to air live sports coverage via its new programming block AKTV.[9][10] It was launched last June 5, 2011, with the AKTV Run held outside SM Mall of Asia in Bay City, Pasay.

At the same day, IBC launched a new logo & slogan Where the Action Is! to reflect the change.[11]

However, in a statement released in April 11, 2013, MediaQuest chairman Manny Pangilinan announced that AKTV will no longer renew the blocktime agreement in May due to high costs.,[12] and there has been doubts about the future of the network. However, according to a news article dated September 26, 2012, IBC president Eric Canoy hinted that in pursuant to AO 26 which restored its archives, hopefully IBC could reair them by the end of this year as IBC Classics.[13]


IBC ProgramsEdit

Main article: List of programs broadcast by Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation


Branding Slogan Used From
Inter-Island 13 The Dynamic Station 1961-January 31, 1975
IBC New Beginning February 1, 1975 – 1976
IBC A New Direction 1976–1977
IBC A New Decision 1977–1978
IBC Enjoy Yourself 1978–1986
IBC Basta Pinoy sa Trese (When It Comes to (Everything) Filipino, It's on (Channel) 13) 1986–1987
IBC/E13 Life Begins at 13 1987–1989
IBC Pusong Pinoy, Pusong Trese (The Heart of Filipino, The Heart of (Channel) 13) 1989–1990
Islands TV 13 The Best of Shows 1990–1992
IBC Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation/All the Way at 13 1992–1994
IBC Pinoy Ang Dating (Filipino is the Look, or Filipino is the Style) 1994–2002
IBC Nationwide Satellite Broadcast 1994–1998
IBC Bagong Pinoy (New Filipino) 1998–1999
IBC New Face, New Attitude! 2002–December 11, 2003
IBC Ang Bagong Pilipino (The New Filipino) December 12, 2003–June 4, 2011
IBC Where the Action Is! June 5, 2011 – present


Branding Slogan Used From
VTV on IBC Hyper Television 1996–1997
VTV on IBC Sports and Entertainment 1997–1998
VTV on IBC The Night is Alive 1998–2001
Viva TV on IBC The Sports and Entertainment Channel on IBC-13 2001–2002
Viva TV on IBC Walang Patid ang Saya! (Happiness is Unstoppable!) 2002–2003
AKTV on IBC Live Active June 5, 2011–May 31, 2013

IBC Stations NationwideEdit

Main article: List of Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation channels and stations

See alsoEdit


  1. IBC-13 "Pinoy Ang Dating" MTV
  2. PCGG urges gov’t to fast-track sale of RPN-9, IBC-13 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  3. Mirror,Mirror on the Airwaves 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
  4. San Miguel still keen on IBC-13, RPN-9 12-26-2011. Retrieved 12-26-2011.
  5. Coloma: Privatization of RPN 9, IBC 13 in the works GMANews.TV. 03-01-2011. Retrieved 03-01-2011.
  6. Aquino government set to privatize RPN-9, IBC-13 03-01-2011. Retrieved 03-01-2011.
  7. San Miguel to join bidding for RPN-9, IBC-13 03-06-2011. Retrieved 03-06-2011.
  8. San Miguel Corp. announces plan to bid for RPN-9 and IBC-13 03-06-2011. Retrieved 03-06-2011.
  9. TV5 airs primetime sports block AKTV on IBC-13 Retrieved 2011-02-28.
  10. AKTV Official Website retrieved via 05-11-2011
  11. MediaQuest keen on IBC-13 retrieved via 04-04-2011
  12. [1] "". Retrieved 2013-05-14.
  13. [2] "". Retrieved 2013-05-14.

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