Big News

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Big News
Big News logo 2008.jpg
Final titlecard of Big News in 2008
Genre News program
Live action
Created by Associated Broadcasting Company
Developed by ABC News and Public Affairs
Starring Cherie Mercado
various contributors
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) English (1962–1972, 1992–2004)
Filipino (2004–2008)
No. of episodes n/a (airs daily)
Executive producer(s) Sonny Fernandez
Jackie Sierda
Running time 1 hour (1962–1972)
30 minutes (1992–2006)
15 minutes (2006–2008)
Original network ABC-5
Picture format 480i SDTV
Audio format Mono
Original release First incarnation:
March 19, 1962 – September 22, 1972
Second incarnation:
February 21, 1992 – August 8, 2008 (2008-08-08)
Followed by TEN: The Evening News

Big News was the first ever newscast on Philippine television. It was the primetime news broadcast of ABC-5 in the Philippines. It was anchored by Jose Marie Velez with Antonio Tecson as head of the newsroom. The show was originally first aired in 1962, and went off the air in 1972 due to martial law, and re-aired again in 1992 (six years of post-EDSA People Power Revolution) as a revival and also as an English language newscast. On April 12, 2004, when the network reformatted most of its programs, former ABS-CBN anchor Cherie Mercado replaced Mike Toledo and joined with Amelyn Veloso as a co-anchor and the newscast switched to Filipino in order to compete with the other networks newscasts.

On October 2, 2006, the newscast exchanged timeslots with Sentro, the early-evening news program of the network. Mercado became the sole anchor of the program, and the length of the program was reduced to 15 minutes from the former 30.

On August 8, 2008, the program, together with Sentro aired its final broadcast and on the next day (August 9), it rebranded as TV5.


  • Duds Rivera (1962-1972)
  • Bong Lapira (1962-1967)
  • Jose Mari Velez (1967-1972)
  • Eric Eloriaga (1992-1999)
  • Tina Monzon-Palma (1992–1998)
  • Kathy Tanco-Ong (1992-1997)
  • Anthony Pangilinan (1998-1999)
  • Thelma Dumpit-Murillo (1998–1999)
  • Janice Pronstroller (1997-1999)
  • Amelyn Veloso (1999–2006)
  • Rod Nepomuceno (1999-2002)
  • Atty. Mike Toledo (2002-2004)
  • Cherie Mercado (2004–2008)

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