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TV5  (formerly known as ABC 5) is a major Filipino commercial television network based in Novaliches, Quezon City, Philippines. It is owned and operated by the ABC Development Corporation, solely owned by MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the beneficial trust fund of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company headed by business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan.


Main article: ABC Development Corporation
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Pre-Martial Law (1960-1972)Edit

Joaquin "Chino" Roces, owner of the Manila Times was granted of a radio-TV franchise from Congress under Republic Act 2945 on June 19, 1960. He then founded the Associated Broadcasting Corporation with its first studios along Roxas Boulevard, becoming the fourth television network established in the country. ABC operated radio and television services from 1960 until September 21, 1972 when President Ferdinand E. Marcos declared Martial Law. Both ABC and the Manila Times were forcibly shut down as a result.

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After the People Power Revolution in 1986, Chino Roces made a successful representation with President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino for the restoration of the network.

New stockholders led by broadcast veteran Edward Tan and Chino Roces's son Edgardo then began the arduous task of resuming broadcasts. The Securities and Exchange Commission granted their application for an increase in capitalization and amendments to ABC’s articles of incorporation and by-laws. They were subsequently granted a permit to operate by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

Return to the airwaves (1992-2003)Edit

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ABC inaugurated its new studio complex and transmitter tower in San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City in 1990, and began test broadcasts by the end of 1991; officially returning to the air as ABC on February 21, 1992.

ABC acquired a new franchise to operate on December 9, 1994, under Republic Act 7831 signed by President Fidel V. Ramos. In the same year, it went on nationwide satellite broadcasting. In a surge of phenomenal growth, ABC earned its reputation as "The Fastest Growing Network" under new network executive Tina Monzon-Palma who served as Chief Operating Officer.

In 2001, ABC began to produce local versions of The Price Is Right (hosted by Dawn Zulueta and later acquired by ABS-CBN); Wheel of Fortune (hosted by Rustom Padilla, later acquired by ABS-CBN); and Family Feud (hosted by Ogie Alcasid, later acquired by GMA Network). This was during the height of the game show frenzy within Philippine networks brought on by the success of  IBC's Philippine editions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (hosted by Christopher de Leon which is now home of TV5 at present time hosted by Vic Sotto) and The Weakest Link (hosted by Edu Manzano).

New management (2003-2008)Edit

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In October 2003, ABC was acquired by a group led by businessman Antonio "Tonyboy" Cojuangco, Jr. former Chairman of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and owner of Dream Satellite Broadcasting and Bank of Commerce, among other assets. The new management introduced many changes including a stronger news and public affairs division, modernization of its broadcast equipment, and the acquisition of broadcast rights of Philippine Basketball Association games. Additionally, the network also launched a new advertising campaign and slogan, "Iba Tayo!" ("We're Different!"), which emphasized the new lineup as being more distinct and new than what was being aired by its competitors at the time.

In 2005, ABC won the "Outstanding TV station" award at the 2005 KBP Golden Dove Awards, with several other programs on the network also earning awards in their respective categories.

Until the end of 2006, ABC was a member of the Family Rosary Crusade. Its religious pre-identification campaign "Please Pray the Rosary" was played before every program on the network until the "Iba Tayo!" re-imaging campaign.

In early 2007, ABC implemented a series of budget cuts, primarily directed towards its news department, which laid off most of its employees. The cuts, held prior to the 2007 general elections, left ABC almost incapable of coverage.

In November 2007, ABC debuted an array of new sports programming, including NBA basketball, pro boxing, and WWE events, as part of a new five-year deal with Solar Entertainment. However, due to their high costs, these programs were later dropped throughout 2008, and its NBA review show "House of Hoops" was cut back as well and eventually cancelled by April 2008. However, much of these programs, along with the PBA (as ABC elected not to renew its contract through the ended after the 2008 Fiesta Conference), would be picked up by RPN, who had begun a much wider partnership with Solar earlier in 2007.

Re-launch as TV5 (2008-2010)Edit

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In March 2008, ABC president and CEO Antonio Cojuangco announced that ABC had reached a partnership with MPB Primedia Inc., a local company backed by Media Prima Berhad of Malaysia as part of a long-term strategy to make the network more competitive. Cojuangco said MPB Primedia Inc., in principle, would produce and source most of the entertainment programs while ABC would continue to be responsible for news programming and operation of the stations.[1] Christopher Sy was named CEO of MPB Primedia, Inc.; he served in that capacity until his resignation in January 2009 due to reported differences in management style.[2]

ABC "signs off" on August 8, 2008, and then aired a countdown to its re-launch for much of the next day until 19:00 PHT, when the network officially re-launched under its new name of TV5.[3][4] The company operating TV5 is still, however, the ABC Development Corporation and Tonyboy Cojuangco will remain its CEO.[5] Shall We Dance, some shows in Nick on TV5, Kerygma TV, Light Talk, and Sunday TV Mass were the only ABC programs that were carried-over to the line-up of TV5.

In December 2008, a lawsuit was filed by GMA Network, Inc. against ABC, MPB, and MPB Primedia, alleging that TV5's lease of airtime to Media Prima was intended to circumvent regulations restricting foreign ownership of broadcasting companies.[6][6] In response, ABC's media relations head Pat Marcelo-Magbanua reiterated that the network was a Filipino company which was self-registered and Filipino-run.[7]

Despite the lawsuit, the network's ratings were revitalized by the new management, as its audience share increased from 1.9% in July 2008 (prior to the re-branding) to 11.1% in September 2009.[8]

MediaQuest era (2010-present)Edit

On October 20, 2009, Media Prima announced that it would be divesting its share in TV5 and selling it to the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company's broadcasting division, MediaQuest Holdings, Inc. The acquisition was officially announced by chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan on March 2, 2010, along with the announcement of a new lineup of programming to debut on the network, along with a new campaign branding itself as the "Kapatid" ("sibling") network.[9] Dream FM and its affiliate stations in other parts of the country remained under the Cojuangco management led by former ABC stockholder Anton Lagdameo. They became collectively known as the Dream FM Network, with TV5 as its licensee until June 2011.

On October 1, 2010, TV5 took over the management of MediaQuest's Nation Broadcasting Corporation stations; DWFM was re-launched as a TV5-branded news radio station on  November 8, 2010, Radyo5 92.3 NewsFM, and DWNB-TV was re-launched as AksyonTV on February 21, 2011, a news channel based on TV5's newscast Aksyon.[10][11]

By 2013, the network will complete the construction of its new headquarters, the 6,000-sqm TV5 Media Center located  in Mandaluyong.[12]


Name Slogan Years Active Notes
ABC The Network June 19, 1960–September 21, 1972
ABC Come Home to ABC February 21–July 31, 1992
April 17, 2001–April 11, 2004
A song of the same title by Gino Padilla was used for this station slogan.
ABC Catch up with Today TV August 1, 1992–January 31, 1994
ABC The Fastest Growing Network March 21, 1993–December 31, 1997
ABC ABC Takes The Big Leap in 1994! February 1, 1994–January 30, 1995
ABC ABC: In the Big League January 31, 1995–March 30, 1996
ABC Reaching Out to You March 31, 1996–December 31, 1999 A song of the same title by Gary Valenciano was used for this station slogan.
ABC The Best of Both Worlds January 1, 1998–December 31, 1999
ABC We Are The New Generation January 1, 2000–April 16, 2001
ABC Iba Tayo! (We're Different!) April 12, 2004–August 8, 2008 First slogan on the network's A. Cojuangco ownership era
ABC Idol Maging Iba! (Idol, Be Different!) July 30–November 26, 2006
ABC Pumped and Loaded October 29, 2007–August 8, 2008 Used for promotion of mainly sports shows i.e. PBA on ABC, WWE and more
TV5 Shake Mo, TV Mo! (Shake Your TV!) August 9, 2008–April 3, 2010 First slogan on the network's Media Prima ownership era 
TV5 Para Sa Yo, Kapatid! (This is For You, Sibling!) [13]  April 4, 2010–present First slogan on the network's MediaQuest/PLDT ownership era, also the official corporate slogan
TV5 The Happy Network December 1, 2010–present
TV5 Happy Maging Kapatid! (Happy to be a Sibling!) December 7, 2012–present
TV5 GO5! January 2013–present Named from the same trade launch held at Resorts World Manila

TV5 StationsEdit

Main article: List of TV5 TV and radio stations



TV5's program lineup includes news and current affairs shows, variety shows, gag shows, dubbed foreign serials, children's shows, reality shows, and sports.

On its second month since its re-launch last August 9, 2008, TV5 has been reportedly on Top 3 based on the AGB Nielsen survey. It also gained its rating on their morning block. Most watched of it is the Filipino dubbed SpongeBob SquarePants. But upon the year 2010, it began its competition with ABS-CBN and GMA Network. It began producing its first reality tabloid talk show, Face to Face. Upon October 2010, it gained popularity upon airing its first comedy game show Laugh or Lose. Most especially, it rose to the occasion by airing Willing Willie, hosted by Willie Revillame upon his defection from ABS-CBN.

Kapatid TV5Edit

Main article: Kapatid TV5

TV5 programs are seen internationally via Kapatid TV5, and is currently available in Guam, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and the United States.


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