Overview of the events of 2020 in Philippine television

The following is a list of events affecting Philippine television in 2020. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel launches, closures and rebrandings, as well as information about controversies and carriage disputes.

Contents

Events

January

February

March

  • March 1
  • March 8 – After one year of broadcast, 5 Plus rebranded as One Sports, coinciding with the start of the 2020 PBA season. It was the first MediaQuest Holdings free-to-air broadcast network and the first outside cable and satellite to use the “One” branding. In addition to transferring the name from cable to free-to-air, its cable and satellite counterpart has been also rebranded to One Sports+. Along with their network, One News and One PH updated a new updated logo, and 5 removed all ESPN–related references in the network’s own sport division due to the rebranding of One Sports, with the website continued to run under the ESPN branding in partnership with The Walt Disney Company‘s GO Network.[9]
  • March 10–11 – During the COVID-19 pandemic that recently spread across the country, President Rodrigo Duterte‘s declaration as state of public health emergency and the World Health Organization‘s declaration as a pandemic, as well as local transmission of the coronavirus being present in the country, ABS-CBN and GMA Network announced the temporary suspension of their studio audience tapings for all of its shows, including the former’s Magandang Buhay, It’s Showtime, ASAP Natin ‘To, Banana Sundae and the second season of I Can See Your Voice;[10] and the latter’s Mars Pa More, Eat Bulaga! (the first show suspending their live studio audience tapings on March 9), Wowowin (including its Saturday night primetime spin-off), Centerstage, Sarap, ‘Di Ba?, The Boobay and Tekla Show and All-Out Sundays, as well as GMA News TV‘s Idol sa Kusina and Tonight with Arnold Clavio (which also been affected by the audience taping suspensions) as for the safety and well-being of the artists, crew and production teams. The aforementioned shows were continued to air in production without a studio audience as a precautionary measure.
  • March 12 – The major sports leagues across the country announced a temporary suspension of games in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Philippine Basketball Association, the PBA Developmental League and the Philippine Super Liga announced an indefinite suspension of the league’s activity, while the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League and the National Basketball League announced the suspension for the remainder of its playoffs. In addition, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines games were cancelled. The suspension of the five leagues affecting schedules of 5, One Sports, One Sports+, PBA Rush, S+A, Liga and Solar Sports.
  • March 13 – The religious community has cancelled the majority of its Catholic masses and Christian worship services due to the pandemic. Religious programs were affected by the pandemic including ABS-CBN’s The Healing Eucharist; PTV‘s Oras Ng Himala, Soldiers of Christ Healing on the Air and Jesus Miracle Crusade; 5’s Misa Nazareno, Sambuhay TV Mass and The Word of God Network; CNN PhilippinesTV Healing Mass for the Homebound; IBC’s Family Appointment with El Shaddai and Feast TV; One Sports’ Family TV Mass; S+A’s Friends Again; Light TV‘s Jesus the Healer; SMNI‘s Sounds of Worship; and Life TV‘s Oras ng Katotohanan and The Lord’s Day. The TV mass shows were continued to air without the churchgoers as a part of a precautionary measure.
  • March 14 – ABS-CBN temporary suspended the productions of teleseryes and live entertainment shows including the episodes that were scheduled to complete effective March 15 as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to become a serious issue. Among of the primetime shows were affected including Pamilya Ko, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, Make It with You and A Soldier’s Heart, which were on hold from the schedule beginning March 16.[11][12] Meanwhile, GMA Network also announced the suspension of productions on the network–produced teleseryes and live entertainment shows, as well as live entertainment shows co-produced by outside producers and blocktimers beginning March 15.[13]
  • March 16 – The Presidential Communications Operations Office began airing Public Briefing: #LagingHandaPH providing an official updates on the COVID-19 pandemic on PTV with simulcast on other media outlets through KBP-affiliated member stations.[14]
  • March 18
    • To replaced the broadcast of Umagang Kay Ganda and all ABS-CBN Regional morning programming (which were ordered to halt in order to support government efforts to fight against COVID-19), ABS-CBN revived its weekday morning linkup with DZMM TeleRadyo for the first time in years as a provisional programming, leading to the nationwide television simulcast of all DZMM-AM programs including Garantisadong Balita, Kabayan and Radyo Patrol Balita Alas Siyete.
    • The infomercial industry has been affecting their shipping and deliveries, as well as delayed orderings due to the enhanced community quarantine brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. As an emergency measure, two companies announced their temporary suspension of telecast: TV Shop Philippines, announced the suspension of their informercials on Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation and RJ DigiTV beginning March 19, as well as temporary shut down of its standalone channel on BEAM TV starting March 30; and EZ Shop, also announced the suspension of their informercials on Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation, BEAM TV, 5, One Sports and GMA News TV beginning March 19, but their standalone channel exclusively on Cignal continued its broadcast. The other companies were continued to air infomercials including O Shopping (on ABS-CBN, S+A, Jeepney TV, and its own standalone network on Sky Cable, Sky Direct and ABS-CBN TV Plus including TV Plus Go) and Shop TV (on ETC and its standalone channel on selected cable and satellite providers).
    • GMA News TV temporary shut down its operations in support of the enhanced community quarantine, with all its staff moving to GMA and the moved of Dobol B sa News TV to the mother station as Dobol B sa GMA effective March 19, with the simulcast of Melo del Prado sa Super Radyo DZBB, thus marked the first radio-television simulcast since the 1990s radio-TV program Kape at Balita. The Melo del Prado sa Super Radyo DZBB portion (which served as a lead-in to Unang Hirit) aired on March 19 and 20. On March 20, the mother network announced its decision to reverse the suspension for the remainder of its weekday and the entire weekend morning line-ups (with the exception of Yo-kai Watch–which temporary replaced by Sambuhay TV Mass beginning March 22 and Agripreneur, Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko and In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley–all suspended from airing beginning March 21) due to the sister channel’s resumption on March 21. Then on March 21, the English language newscast GMA Regional TV Weekend News was also moved to the mother network. Later on March 23, the two networks began simulcasting Super Balita sa Umaga Nationwide and Saksi sa Dobol B while Unang Hirit was on hiatus. The temporary, weekday-only joint network simulcast of Dobol B sa GMA/News TV ended on April 8 when Unang Hirit resumed on April 13 following the Holy Week break, while the temporary only broadcast of GMA Regional TV Weekend News ended on April 25, a week before its return to the sister network on May 2.[15]
    • In an unprecedented move following the news that an employee from a company working in the Corporate World Center in Mandaluyong has diagnosed with the virus, CNN Philippines temporary shut down its broadcast for days to allowed for a disinfection works on its studios and control rooms. To compensated, selected programming was broadcast nationally through the channel’s social media pages.[16]
    • As an emergency measure, ABS-CBN News Channel temporary simulcast DZMM TeleRadyo programming to local and international viewers but with its own commercials, cutting the feed for the channel’s flagship, Top Story.
  • March 19
    • DZMM TeleRadyo temporary stopped the replay broadcast of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs programming at 1 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays (which began Monday as a result of the decision for the temporary halt broadcast of Good Vibes) and replaced by the news simulcast from ABS-CBN News Channel in another unprecedented decision, thus DZMM became the first radio station in many years since the end of English broadcast on DZRJ-AM in the 2010s to aired English-language news programming on the AM brand and by extension DZMM TeleRadyo became a pioneer in airing bilingual (Filipino and English) news programming in both cable and digital free-to-air television. The English broadcast aired from 1 p.m. (after Headline Pilipinas) to 5 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with ANC’s relay of DZMM TeleRadyo programming on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting at 6 a.m. following Early Edition), with a break at 9 a.m. for Market Edge during trading days in the Philippine Stock Exchange and 5 p.m. for Top Story. With this decision, DZMM TeleRadyo aired The World Tonight for the first time on free-to-air digital television on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights for the first time since 1999, while both were already taking a 6:30 p.m. break for the live simulcast of TV Patrol (weekdays only).
    • CNN Philippines adopted the video technology services of TVU Networks for local broadcast.
  • March 20
    • One News Now (which also made its first broadcast on 5) became the first aired English-language news broadcast since the end of delayed broadcast of The Big Story. It also marked the first primetime English-language newscast since 2007-08’s Sentro to broadcast. Meanwhile, the network’s flagship newscast, Aksyon (in its noontime and primetime editions) has officially retired after almost a decade, and the network’s simulcast of One Balita (from One PH) and Morning Calls (from Radyo 5 92.3 News FM and One PH) were on hold in support of the government efforts to fight against COVID-19. The primetime portion was ended on May 6, when the network temporary revived the One PH program One Balita Pilipinas on May 7, while the noontime portion ended on May 29, when One Balita resumed on June 1.
    • DZMM TeleRadyo made history with the use of video technology from Zoom Video Communications for the Friday night broadcast of Labor of Love, and Saturday morning to afternoon broadcast of Tandem: Lima at Logan, Magpayo Nga Kayo, Konsyumer ATBP., Usapang Kalye, Good Job and Omaga-Diaz Report simulcast on ANC, making it a pioneer (and third overall) among the country’s news channels.
    • BEAM TV Analog UHF Channel 31 temporary off the air due to the enhanced community quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • March 21
    • GMA News TV resumed it broadcast with an expanded Dobol B sa News TV broadcast as a provisional programming.[17]
    • Pop Life TV temporary off the air due to the enhanced community quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • March 22
    • As part of the network’s 70th anniversary, GMA launched the online-only Buong Puso Para sa Pilipino No-Contract Show, a weekly virtual entertainment-show-cum-fan-meet-up with network talents to raise funds for relief efforts for people affected by the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon and all the medical workers, as well as to give back to its loyal viewers and listeners in radio and television for seven decades.
    • DZMM TeleRadyo moved to full 24/7 provisionally broadcast on digital free-to-air and cable, with ANC programming being aired on Sunday late nights until 4:30 a.m. on Mondays.
    • Sambuhay TV Mass provisionally moved to GMA from 5 with a 6:00 a.m. broadcast slot on Sundays, became the channel’s first Catholic TV Mass broadcast since the Family TV Mass in 2014–15. To replaced the former program, 5 debuted the television delayed broadcast of Misa sa Veritas (via Radio Veritas) on Sunday late afternoon.
  • March 23
    • CNN Philippines resumed its operations with the special coverage of the special session of both chambers of Congress as the highlight.
    • As an emergency measure, Net 25 extended (at the cost of certain programs) the airing times of Agila Balita, Agila Probinsya, the midday Agila Pilipinas and the primetime Mata ng Agila, as well as the Filipino and English-language editions of Eagle News International.
    • Eat Bulaga! began including footage from the program’s first 40 years in television (including the past 24 seasons on GMA) on its provisional rerun episodes. The rerun episodes ended on June 6, when the show plans to resume its audience-free live episodes on June 8.
  • March 25
    • ABS-CBN Channel 2 programming (due to the decision to temporary stop the selected TV Patrol regional broadcast as a result of government efforts to fight against COVID-19 countrywide) began airing the selected television stations of the Regional Network Group (Channel 46 Pampanga, Channel 7 Palawan and Channel 4 Davao) in full via satellite as a provisional measure, with their regional reporters temporarily responsible to the national headquarters in Quezon City through local news bureau chiefs, while all local advertising remained. This include Magandang Buhay and It’s Showtime (which resumed broadcast at the time) were live nationwide from the homes of the presenters through the Zoom platform, a first in Philippine television history. Both the status of Palawan and Davao stations ended on April 20, when said broadcast in these markets resumed on the said date.
    • While ABS-CBN Channel 7 Palawan local programming took a pause, TV Patrol Palawan became the first-historic regional TV Patrol broadcast to aired live via the channel’s social media sites from Mondays to Fridays.
  • March 26 – ABS-CBN Channel 11 Naga provisionally became a semi-satellite of Channel 2 Metro Manila as TV Patrol Bicol temporary stopped broadcast while retaining local advertisement slots for its stations over Bicol Region. The status ended on March 30, when said broadcast resumed airing.
  • March 27 – A public demand on social media forced ABS-CBN to provisionally reduced the Saturday KB Family Weekend block to just one movie instead of the usual two as it dedicated the first slot (8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., following Dok Ricky, Pedia) for its award-winning Educational Television programming (Bayani, Hiraya Manawari and Sine’skwela) courtesy of the cable and digital free-to-air channel, Knowledge Channel, to served the millions of pre-school and elementary students whose studies as a result of the pandemic and the quarantines imposed by many local governments (as well as the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine) have been interrupted, while also aiming to introduced the channel and its valuable work to millions of viewers nationwide with the provisional educational programming began on March 28. Later on, both Bayani and Hiraya Manawari aired on Sundays as well as lead-in to MathDali at 9:15 a.m. beginning April 12.
  • March 30 – One Sports temporary suspended its broadcast due to limitations brought by the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon, with 5, One Sports+ and PBA Rush took over some of its archived programming, except for other programs such as Talking Heads (which moved to BEAM TV beginning May 16).

April

  • April 1
    • ABS-CBN‘s TV Patrol became the fourth national newscast to incorporate simultaneous sign language interpretation for the deaf and hard of hearing on its broadcast in addition to closed captioning, following TV5‘s lead years before with its News5 newscasts. Previously, sign language interpretation has been available in the regional TV Patrol editions in Palawan and Central Visayas.
    • After almost 15 years of broadcasting, Jack TV has ceased its commercial broadcast on pay TV by Solar Entertainment Corporation due to programming redundancies, lack of advertising support and cross-cutting measures as well as change in business direction during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. Meanwhile, it continued as a digital web portal on their official online media platforms, while most of the programming planned to migrate to ETC or Solar Sports.[18]
    • Front Row Channel (which is the Philippine version of a global TV network of the same name) was officially launched by the joint venture between Solar Entertainment Corporation and Jungo TV, which is distributed by GMA Network, as the 24-hour music channel that specialized in broadcast of live concerts with featured performances from the world’s top musical acts. While it has been initially launched in other cable providers, the channel hasn’t been placed in the lineups of major cable systems and satellite providers.
    • Kuwentuhang Lokal and Pasada 630 became the first DZMM TeleRadyo programs to fully aired with productions using the Zoom platform.
    • DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and DZMM TeleRadyo switched to simultaneous telecast with the English-language ABS-CBN News Channel starting at 10:00 p.m. DZMM temporarily suspended its regular programming after asking all concerned on-duty personnel to go on self-quarantine for 14 days following their exposure to two Persons Under Investigation, while to those who have not been exposed shall work from home. The studio and facilities of DZMM have been vacated and immediately disinfected. With this move, DZMM and DZMM TeleRadyo, as well as the regional AM radio stations DYAP and DXAB, became English-only (for the first time in history after many years) as a provisional measure. From 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the channel aired the best of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs programming in their place with a 6:30 p.m. break for TV Patrol.[19]
    • After almost two years, DisneyLife ceased its operations by The Walt Disney Company in the Philippines, due to the upcoming launch of Disney+ in the country. The service was originally launched as an all-in-one streaming service in 2018 with Globe Telecom as a partner provider, replacing the TV streaming apps: “Watch Disney Channel”, “Watch Disney Junior” and “Watch Disney XD” (which all launched as part of Globe Telecom’s partnership in 2015 where it later replaced the “Watch” name to the “App” name on all three services in 2016) for the Philippines.[20]
    • After past three years, Fox+ ceased its operations by Fox Networks Group in the Philippines due to cross-cutting measures as well as change in business direction. The ad-free subscription service was originally launched locally in 2017 as a merger of the company’s three streaming services: “Fox Play”, “Fox Movies Play” and “Fox Sports Play” for the Philippines, with PLDT, Inc. and its sister companies Smart Communications and Cignal TV as a founding provider partners and later with Globe Telecom as an additional provider partner in 2018. With the service was eventually acquired by The Walt Disney Company as a sister streamer to DisneyLife in 2019, the PLDT Group announced that would back out as a provider partner in August in the same year, leaving Globe as the only provider partner for the Philippines until its closure. Following the closure, the subscribers have encourage to continue watching these shows, movies, documentaries and live sporting events on the company’s linear TV networks after on that date.[21]
  • April 2
    • With the switch to the English broadcast on ANC as a result of the decision to suspend DZMM’s programs, DYAB TeleRadyo provisionally introduced English-language broadcast via ANC in select hours, in combination with TV Patrol and the Cebuano-language programming aired on the channel. Also, the ANC simulcast provisionally began airing on both ABS-CBN (from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.) and S+A (from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.), thus bringing the special editions of Early Edition and Headstart as well as Market Edge (the two programs were only aired on S+A via simulcast). The broadcast were the first English news broadcast on both channels after many years.
    • Following TV Patrol’s lead the previous night, ANC’s Dateline Philippines added the simultaneous sign language interpretation for the deaf and hard of hearing viewers who watch the channel, thus marked the first ANC telecast to utilize it.
  • April 3 – DZMM TeleRadyo resumed its transmissions, with almost all programming and field reports aired via the Zoom platform, but with ANC commercials instead of channel commercials. ANC graphics for news stories, as well as for reporter and presenter introductions, would debuted beginning with the Headline Pilipinas broadcast, as well as the Saturday edition on April 4.
  • April 5–8 – In the wake of the cancellation of this year’s APT Entertainment Holy Week Drama Special which suppose to aired via GMA on April 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 5 re-aired the previous Lenten Drama Specials produced by APT, including Milagroso from 2006 and May Milagroso Pa Nga Ba? from 2002 (retitled May Milagroso Pa Nga Ba? (Part 1)-Ang Hiling, May Milagroso Pa Nga Ba? (Part 2)-Sister Choleng and May Milagroso Pa Nga Ba? (Part 3)-Awit ni Miling for its re-airing).
  • April 6
    • TV Patrol officially made history with the first news reports aired using the Zoom platform.
    • ABS-CBN and Star Cinema (through Star Creatives) launched an online entertainment program, Rise and Shine, aired on Facebook midday on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (with a same day encore on YouTube) with DJ Jai Ho (the presenter of the Sunday Showbiz Pa More! on Jeepney TV) hosted the program.
    • Inquirer 990 Television resumed its broadcast after a three-week break.
  • April 9–11 – By virtue of a partnership between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines, GMA Network and ABS-CBN Corporation (given the effects of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon and many other provinces) aired the 190th General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from the Conference Center in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA and being broadcast countrywide through both free-to-air and cable via GMA and DZMM TeleRadyo with simulcast on ABS-CBN News Channel (for April 9 and 11 only) during the Easter Triduum period, marked the first time via satellite delay (the Music and the Spoken Word conference edition was aired via GMA on April 11).
  • April 10
    • The 2020 edition of SVD-Mission Communications Foundation’s Seven Last Words from the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Jesus, the Divine Word at Christ the King Mission Seminary in Quezon City was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was originally televised live on both ABS-CBN and DZMM TeleRadyo with a delay on Jeepney TV. In lieu of the special, ABS-CBN aired The Young Messiah movie and the network–produce Ang Pitong Huling Salita special in its place.
    • For the first time in its 27-year history on television, The Dominican Fathers of the Philippines’ Siete Palabras has switched to the pre-recorded format this year, which was originally to aired live from the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City but it was scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The special was televised for the 12th year by GMA Network (with selected GMA Regional TV stations in Visayas and Mindanao pre-empting the national special with the local versions of the said special), and the simulcast on Radyo Veritas in Manila and other Catholic Media Network radio stations nationwide.
  • April 12 – ABS-CBN provisionally moved two Nickelodeon programs: SpongeBob SquarePants and The Loud House, to 7:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. on Sunday (following Swak na Swak) as a result of an expansion to the network’s educational television programming supplied by the cable and digital free-to-air channel, Knowledge Channel beginning at 8:15 a.m.
  • April 13
    • The commercial feeds of both ANC and DZMM TeleRadyo on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays were separated after days of using a singular commercial feed. In addition, DZMM (and DZMM TeleRadyo) resumed the use of its radio studios following disinfection measures, with SRO: Suhestyon, Reaksyon at Opinion as the first broadcast to aired.
    • GMA News TV resumed its evening broadcast of its own public affairs and documentary programming and the BBC Natural History Unit‘s Planet Earth II, while retaining the provisional Dobol B sa News TV afternoon broadcast and 24 Oras simulcast. Later on April 18, five lifestyle programs were also resumed.
  • April 20
    • After 4 weeks, the timesharing of programming between both DZMM TeleRadyo and ANC ended, with ANC resumed its separate programming on Mondays and DZMM slowly resumed its broadcast from the radio studios.
    • GMA Network’s 24 Oras became the fifth national newscast to incorporate simultaneous sign language interpretation for the deaf and hard of hearing in its broadcast. In addition, its online livestream on YouTube converted its airing in full high definition, making it the third in the country.
  • April 21 – Infomerical company O Shopping temporary suspended its broadcast on ABS-CBN due to the enhanced community quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines, thus became the third infomercial company to suspend their broadcast, following TV Shop Philippines and EZ Shop (which previously announced their broadcast suspensions in the previous month). However, the broadcast continued to air on S+A, Jeepney TV and its own standalone network on Sky Cable, Sky Direct and ABS-CBN TV Plus (including TV Plus Go). With that, ABS-CBN reverted to signing off at midnight, with signing-on before the broadcast of Kapamilya Daily Mass (and effective May 4, the replay broadcast of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs programming) on Mondays to Fridays at 4:20 a.m. (with Jesuit Communications Foundation produced show Kape’t Pandesal preceding it), Saturdays at 5:25 a.m. and before The Healing Eucharist on Sundays at 5:55 a.m.
  • April 23 – Net 25, the television network of Iglesia ni Cristo-affiliated company Eagle Broadcasting Corporation, celebrated its 20th anniversary of broadcasting.
  • April 25–26 – With the termination of the timesharing policies of both DZMM TeleRadyo and ANC, both stations resumed its separate weekend programming schedules. Meanwhile, on DZMM TeleRadyo, music-related programs: Yesterday and Remember When, as well as news-related shows: Sagot Ko ‘Yan! and Red Alert, and the public affairs program, Tulong Ko, Pasa Mo resumed its broadcast on April 26 after a month long hiatus.
  • April 29 – For the first time in weeks, ABS-CBN readjusted its mid-morning and midday programming with a new provisional expansion of Kapamilya Blockbusters with two movies starting at 10 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. respectively, resulting to It’s Showtime being pushed back to 1:30 p.m. but with a reduced one-hour run for the first time in its 11-year run of the show, and Love in Sadness also moved following Magandang Buhay at 9:30 a.m. as lead-in to the expanded block. The said expansion followed the success of the expanded Sunday edition of KB Family Weekend.
  • April 30 – After past five years, HOOQ ceased its operations by Singtel, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. across all countries, including the Philippines, after the provider filed for liquidation on March 27. Meanwhile, Korean-based company Coupang announced the purchase of HOOQ’s assets on July 10.[22][23]

May

  • May 1 – Through a Facebook video, ABS-CBN announced that the simulcast of Kabayan and Radyo Patrol Balita Alas Siyete via DZMM TeleRadyo ended its airing nationwide, to give way for the return of Umagang Kay Ganda and all the ABS-CBN Regional Network Group morning programs in regional areas (except for Palawan and Southern Tagalog) beginning May 4.
  • May 2 – Infomercial company EZ Shop resumed its broadcast on Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation after two months of suspension due to the enhanced community quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines, thus became the first company to partly resumed its broadcast. Meanwhile, the company remained suspend its broadcast on BEAM TV, 5, One Sports and GMA News TV.
  • May 5 – Most of ABS-CBN’s free TV and radio broadcasting operations including ABS-CBN Channel 2, MOR 101.9, DZMM 630 and its television counterpart (temporarily renamed as TeleRadyo due to DZMM’s sign off at 8:20 p.m. and returned on May 8 in digital free-to-air and cable providers, as well as in online platforms), S+A, its regional stations, the free-to-air operations of Jeepney TV, Knowledge Channel, Myx and O Shopping, Asianovela Channel, and Movie Central (except for Cine Mo!, Yey! and Kapamilya Box Office) signed off the air at 7:52 p.m. due to the cease-and-desist order of the National Telecommunications Commission to temporary stop the broadcast operations of ABS-CBN Corporation because of the expiration of its franchise granted on March 30, 1995.[24] Meanwhile, the live channel streaming broadcast of ABS-CBN and DZMM TeleRadyo were unavailable via iWant on the same day with O Shopping and ABS-CBN News Channel took over as temporary replacement of the streaming channels. And finally, Creative Programs owned pay TV channels (Cinema One, Liga, Metro Channel, Myx and Jeepney TV), ABS-CBN News Channel, Knowledge Channel and O Shopping remain unaffected in some DTH providers including their standalone pay-per-view channel Kapamilya Box Office which also available for Sky Cable and Sky Direct subscribers.
  • May 6 – A day after the final broadcast on FTA, ABS-CBN formally announced in a Facebook post that due to demand from the overseas audiences on The Filipino Channel, TV Patrol has resumed its broadcast on the said channel effective May 7 after a two-day break live in all TFC platforms (including online, cable and satellite feeds), thus continuing a tradition of broadcasting to Filipinos abroad since 1989. In addition, the live broadcast of the newscast through online platforms and ABS-CBN News Channel would also continued beginning on the same day, with the channel provisionally shouldering the program’s airing and production.
  • May 7 – Aside from the announcement on the return of TeleRadyo, ABS-CBN also announced on Facebook that all TV Patrol regional editions has resumed its broadcast via Facebook Live through their respective pages effective May 8.
  • May 8 – Knowledge Channel temporary shut down its free-to-air broadcast on ABS-CBN TV Plus due to the cease-and-desist order of the NTC to close down its broadcasting operations of ABS-CBN. Meanwhile, the channel continued its broadcast on cable providers.
  • May 12 – In yet another ABS-CBN announcement on Facebook, all ABS-CBN Regional Network Group morning programming has resumed airing but for online-only to regional viewers starting at 7 a.m. on May 13 through Facebook Live.
  • May 14 – ABS-CBN launched a new online service, Online Kapamilya Shows (OKS), as the digital-only content can be accessed.
  • May 15 – GagaOOLala, a streaming service owned by Portico Media Co., Ltd., was expanded to all territories except China and North Korea, including the Philippines.[25]
  • May 16
    • BEAM TV Analog UHF Channel 31 resumed its operation of regular programming.
    • Aside from the resumption of broadcast at BEAM TV Analog UHF Channel 31, infomercial company EZ Shop announced the resumption of its broadcast on the said channel starting on the same day, a few weeks after the company resumed its telecast via Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation on May 2. Meanwhile, other networks such as 5, One Sports and GMA News TV remained suspend the telecast of the said company.
    • TV Shop Philippines announced the resumption of its broadcast on RJ DigiTV only after a two-month break due to the enhanced community quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines, thus became the second company to partly resumed its broadcast.
  • May 22 – One PH, a Filipino-language news and talk channel from Cignal, started its test broadcast on digital terrestrial television as a subchannel of 5 (via DWET-TV).
  • May 26–July 9 – the 18th Congress of the Philippines, particularly on the House of Representatives through the Joint Committees on Legislative Franchises, Good Government and Public Accountability, tackled the franchise applications of ABS-CBN for the renewal of its existing franchise, which was expired on May 4.

June

  • June 1 – Due to insisted public demand, Asianovela Channel and Jeepney TV restarted its free-to-air broadcast on ABS-CBN TV Plus as the two channels were assigned as temporary replacement of ABS-CBN and S+A, while still on free trial.
  • June 4 – Following the announcement by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to allow the mass gatherings on churches in General Community Quarantine and Modified General Community Quarantine areas nationwide as well as the statement of ABS-CBN and The Healing Eucharist official Facebook page to temporary stop the admission of studio audience on its Sunday broadcast (live and recorded telecast on Jeepney TV and TeleRadyo) due to the COVID-19 outbreak, The Healing Eucharist – Sunday TV Mass production team announced the temporary suspension of the live audiences admission within four consecutive Sundays effective June 7 to 28.
  • June 5 – Liza Soberano‘s manager Ogie Diaz took to social media to address the queries of the fans that Make It with You has been cancelled, thus not being included in the lineup of ABS-CBN shows that scheduled to air on the newly announced pay TV channel.[26]
  • June 7 – Some ABS-CBN programs (mostly from ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs such as Kuha Mo!, Mission Possible, S.O.C.O.: Scene of the Crime Operatives and Umagang Kay Ganda) continued to deliver new and fresh episodes through online.[27]
  • June 12 – During the special coverage of the 122nd Independence Day celebration on People’s Television Network, the infographic made a mistake in regarding the picture of the first president Emilio Aguinaldo and the mention of the Katipunan supreme leader Andres Bonifacio. The network later apologized for the error during the coverage and it was later revised with the correct picture of Andres Bonifacio and the mention of Emilio Aguinaldo on the network’s social media pages. According to the statement, the error causing the management of the said network that they needed skills development and necessary training to be initiated.
  • June 13
    • Following the Independence Day and in celebration of 74 years since its corporate formation, ABS-CBN began its phased return to full broadcasting on cable and satellite-only channel, Kapamilya Channel (which is also the 2nd incarnation of the same name after it used as an international channel in 2007 replacing Pinoy Central TV before rebranding to BRO in 2011), thus officially resumed the broadcast of entertainment, educational, news and current affairs programming from ABS-CBN which was stopped due to the shutdown of its free-to-air television amid the legislative franchise lapsed. This was announced through TV Patrol on its June 4 broadcast,[28] with its official launch video also debuted on the same program a day later.
    • As part of a longer morning educational television block launch, Knowledge Channel and some of ABS-CBN’s legendary award-winning educational programs, officially began airing via Kapamilya Channel on weekends starting today and on June 14 with its purpose to help the educational needs of millions of Filipino children and youth from both public and private educational institutions in the pre-school and elementary levels during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
    • ABS-CBN’s RGE Drama Unit confirmed the cancellation of Pamilya Ko through its official Instagram account with no reason was given,[29] a week after the cancellation of Make It With You due to the health concerns of its lead actress Liza Soberano, as well as the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon and the ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy.
  • June 14
    • GMA Network, Inc. celebrated its 70th anniversary of corporate formation.
    • Movie Central resumed its partial broadcast as a programming block via Kapamilya Channel after a month of halt broadcast due to the lapsed of its broadcast franchise.
  • June 15
    • Cignal debuted a brand new 24/7 movie and drama channel on satellite television, One Screen, which featured films from local features, Tagalized Hollywood films and European movies (in its original language) supplied by Cinemaworld, as well as dramas from North America and local content from GMA Network and the satellite service’s corporate siblings 5 and Cignal Entertainment.
    • One Sports resumed its operation of regular programming.
  • June 19 – 5 celebrated its 60th anniversary of broadcasting.
  • June 22 – After a year of being off-air, ZOE Broadcasting Network reactivated its VHF channel 11 while at the same time opened its assigned DTT channel 20. Since then, both were under test broadcast but still open for blocktime or channel lease offers.
  • June 24 – Tencent acquired Malaysian streaming service, iflix.[30][31]
  • June 26 – GMA Network formally launched its digital terrestrial television brand, GMA Affordabox.[32]
  • June 27 – ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Tickets (KTX) extended its service from the online ticketing portal of ABS-CBN live shows to a digital virtual venue and streaming platform (dubbed as Key To Experiences) that can host simultaneous events, from concerts and movie premieres to trade shows, promising an exclusive experience for organizers and participants.[33]
  • June 29 – As part of its 70th anniversary festivities, GMA Network formally launched its brand new Asianovela channel on digital terrestrial television, Heart of Asia.[34]
  • June 30 – Most of ABS-CBN’s blocktime agreement using the digital broadcasting operations including AMCARA Broadcasting Network and its use of digital frequency on Channel 43 carrying Asianovela Channel, Yey!, Kapamilya Box Office and the free-to-air operations of Jeepney TV, Cine Mo! and TeleRadyo airing on ABS-CBN TV Plus in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, alongside Sky Cable‘s direct to home satellite service, Sky Direct signed off the air at 8:30 p.m. due to the alias cease-and-desist order of the National Telecommunications Commission to temporary stop the broadcast operations of ABS-CBN TV Plus and Sky Direct because of the expiration of its franchise granted on March 30, 1995.[35] Meanwhile, ABS-CBN News Channel, Kapamilya Channel, Cine Mo!, TeleRadyo, O Shopping, Knowledge Channel and Creative Programs owned pay TV channels (Cinema One, Liga, Metro Channel, Myx and Jeepney TV) remain unaffected on Sky Cable and some DTH providers in nearby areas. While in ABS-CBN TV Plus, the digital broadcast of other networks also remain unaffected and the operations continue outside Metro Manila.

July

  • July 1 – A day after the two alias cease-and-desist order of the National Telecommunications Commission to temporary stop the broadcast operations of ABS-CBN TV Plus and Sky Direct, ABS-CBN announced that Asianovela Channel, Yey!, Kapamilya Box Office and the free-to-air operations of Jeepney TV, Cine Mo! and TeleRadyo airing on ABS-CBN TV Plus outside Metro Manila were temporary stopped its digital broadcasting and signed off the air at 6:00 p.m.[36] Meanwhile, Cine Mo!, TeleRadyo and Jeepney TV remain unaffected on Sky Cable and some DTH providers in nearby areas. While in ABS-CBN TV Plus, the digital broadcast of other networks also remain unaffected and the operations still continue.
  • July 7
    • After almost eight years of broadcasting, Fox Filipino has ceased its broadcast by Fox Networks Group (a subsidiary of Disney International Operations owend by The Walt Disney Company) due to programming redundancies, lack of advertising support and cross-cutting measures. Meanwhile, GMA Network (the network’s content partner since its 2012 launch) said that they encouraged the viewers to continue to watch the older shows of the network that was previously aired on Fox Filipino on the network’s partner streaming services such as iflix and Amazon Prime Video under the GMA On Demand banner, the network’s new digital network Heart of Asia, as well as the new cable and satellite network One Screen.[37]
    • CNN Philippines temporary shut down its broadcast again and limit its broadcast of select programs through online to allow the disinfection of its studios in Corporate World Center in Mandaluyong, where one of its network staff tested positive with the virus.[38]
  • July 10 – After 12 hearings which began on May 26, the House of Representatives, particularly on the Committee on Legislative Franchises, unofficially voted 70–11 to deny the franchise application of ABS-CBN at 3:09 p.m. Following that, ABS-CBN Corporation (which is a media conglomerate or mainstream media) announced that would instead focus on limited businesses that does not require a legislative franchise including digital channels, cable, international licensing and distribution, and production of content for various streaming services.
  • July 13 – ABS-CBN’s subsidiary Creative Programs, Inc., launched For Your Entertainment (FYE) Channel, exclusively on a Filipino-made social networking service, Kumu.
  • July 19 – People’s Television Network announced a one-day halt of broadcast running for 24 hours to give way for the disinfection of its main studios and offices in Visayas Avene, Quezon City, following the news that a network employee has been tested positive with the virus.[39]
  • July 27 – Cignal TV and its sister company, Smart Communications announced a multi-year deal with the National Basketball Association for the league’s official broadcast rights in the Philippines, replacing Solar Entertainment Corporation. The games during the 2019–20 season would aired on free-to-air networks 5 and One Sports (replacing CNN Philippines as an exclusive but on temporary free-to-air broadcaster, which eventually dropped in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and in Canada, as well as the 4-month suspension of the league’s games). Meanwhile, Smart postpaid and prepaid subscribers can avail the live streaming through its service platform. The deal was started on the same day the NBA’s restart of the current season began. This marked the first time the NBA broadcast on 5 since the then-ABC 5 last aired the NBA games (in partnership with Solar) from 2007 to 2008.[40][41]
  • July 31 – After ten months of absence, Cignal debuted a brand new 24/7 basketball channel on satellite television, NBA TV Philippines (which is the Philippine version of an American channel of the same name), replacing NBA Premium TV (which was formerly owned by Solar Entertainment Corporation, the NBA’s former Philippine broadcaster) thus exclusively available on the satellite provider (though Cignal plans to offer the channel for syndication to other cable operators). The newly relaunched basketball channel was owned and operated by its content provider, Cignal TV and launched on the same day the NBA’s restart of the current season (July 30, US Eastern Time).[40]

August

  • August 1
    • ABS-CBN Corporation launched a livestreaming exclusive and recapping episodes for old, new and well-loved shows of ABS-CBN, Kapamilya Online Live, on their digital and online platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.[42][43]
    • People’s Television Network announced on social media that its news programming plus hourly updates remained in light of the network’s reduced manpower policies beginning August 3 up to September 6 (formerly on August 10), which affect all programming schedules resulting in a reduction of live programming hours. As a result, PTV News as well as certain editions of PTV Balita Ngayon, converted to remote production. The planned return of the Philippine Lotto Draw broadcast starting August 7 (formerly on August 4) would go on as planned in phrases.
  • August 2
    • In response to a live webinar demanding a return to ECQ restrictions by the representatives of the country’s medical profession a day before, Kapamilya Channel reshuffled its Sunday programming with the Sunday KB Family Weekend block expanded to two movies, pushing ASAP Natin ‘To to a new timeslot at 12:30pm.
    • As part of the celebrations on its 70th anniversary, GMA Network launched a new online service, GMA Entertainment Shows (GETS) Online, which both the network’s archive of past programs and digital-only content can be accessed.
    • Imbestigador celebrated its 20th anniversary on Philippine television.
  • August 11
    • The Department of Education launched DepEd TV, an educational programming service block featuring lessons for students under the basic level of formal education system on TV and radio as part of their distance learning while face–to–face learning was prohibited due to COVID-19 pandemic. It started the test broadcast run of the programs via IBC and digital-only Channel 30 until August 21 except weekends. DepEd also plans to broadcast using three television stations each for elementary, junior high school, and both senior high school and Alternative Learning System. During its first run, DepEd TV was criticized for the incorrect grammar in Grade 8 English subject. But on August 14, the agency announced the postponement on the opening of regular classes in public schools to October 5, thus placing its test run ended on the same day. On September 21–25, DepEd TV conducted a final test broadcast via broadcast networks (IBC and other partnered channels), direct-to-home satellite providers (Cignal and G Sat), and various cable providers (particularly the members of the Philippine Cable Television Association).
    • Solar Learning was launched as the all-day free-to-air digital terrestrial channel specialized for the online social learning and education classes owned by Solar Entertainment Corporation in partnership with the Department of Education.
  • August 12 – Following the successful launch of Kapamilya Online Live, ABS-CBN’s Star Music relaunched a digital online channel for children’s learning by using music, TuTuBee (formerly called Star Music Kids), exclusively on their digital and online platforms including Facebook, Spotify and YouTube.[44][45]
  • August 14
    • ABS-CBN’s Knowledge Channel launched “School at Home: Ang Saya Matuto ng Bago”, a campaign program aligned with the Most Essential Learning Competencies in the DepEd’s Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan which targeted students to learn at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.[46]
    • Vice Ganda launched its own digital network, Vice Ganda Network on its own YouTube channel. It was originally launched on July 24, but due to the technical issues of the said network, it was postponed and moved to its current date.[47]
  • August 15 – MediaQuest Holdings, through TV5 Network, Inc. announced The 5 Network or simply 5 would reverted to its former name, TV5, with brand new entertainment programs in collaboration with its sister company, Cignal TV (under Cignal Entertainment), through blocktime agreements co-produced with other content providers such as Archangel Media, Inc., Brightlight Productions and Viva Television, among others. Originally, the plan was to rebranding it into One TV on April 13 (first) and July 20 (second) respectively, but because of the community quarantines in the Philippines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it was silently decided to not carry on with its promotions through its digital and online platforms have been removed. There’s no official word yet from the company if the rebrand would continue or not in the near future whereas some reports told that TV5 has cancelled its plans to rebrand.
  • August 16 – Heart Salvador (coached by Bamboo Mañalac), Cydel Gabutero (coached by Lea Salonga), Isang Manlapaz (coached by apl.de.ap) and Kendra Aguirre (coached by Sarah Geronimo), all won the second season of The Voice Teens for the first time in The Voice of the Philippines history.[48]
  • August 25 – Raffy Tulfo announced through Facebook that all of News5’s radio and television programming were being converted to remote production as a result of a massive disinfection of the TV5 Media Center following a network employee has been tested positive with the virus. This followed a prior shutdown of news operations on TV5, One PH and One News from August 21 to 23, which had been also announced through social media pages.
  • August 27 – Following the acquisition of iflix on June 24, Tencent announced the collaboration of the said service with its own streaming service (Tencent Video or WeTV) under the unified referral as “WeTV iflix”. However, both platforms were still operate autonomously with its own shared strategies.[49]
  • August 28 – After almost 32 years, ABS-CBN Regional ceased its operations with 12 TV Patrol–themed newscasts, 10 news bulletins and 10 morning shows ended their broadcast following the denial of its legislative franchise on July 10.[50]
  • August 30 – YouTube launched “Super Stream” in the Philippines featuring limited free access of quality binge-watch local TV, movie and sports contents in collaboration with media partners.[51]
  • August 31 – ABS-CBN Corporation announced on July 15 that it ceased the operations of some of its businesses and implemented a retrenchment program covering the company and its subsidiaries, following the non-renewal of its congressional franchise on July 10.[52]

September

  • September 1
    • ABS-CBN’s streaming media services iWant and TFC Online were merged into one over-the-top content platform, iWantTFC, and began its soft launched on the same date exclusively on the web browser and mobile application, as well as be accessible in the Philippines and worldwide.[53] In addition, Sky On Demand was also merged with iWantTFC and The Filipino Channel (TFC) would also available on US-based service, Xfinity in HD.
    • TeleRadyo Cebu (formerly DYAB TeleRadyo) rebranded to Sibya TV, serving as Cebu’s dedicated news and information TV channel, thus became the fourth Cebuano-language news channel and fifth overall to broadcast on the same language.
  • September 9 – GMA Network implemented a layoff program covering GMA News TV due to COVID-19 pandemic.[54] In addition to this, it was reported that GMA also announced the cancellation of productions on some programs airing on the said news channel with eleven shows were reportedly threatened to disappear off the air.[55]
  • September 10 – National Telecommunications Commission issued an order to recall all radio frequencies and channels assigned to ABS-CBN Corporation following the lack of congressional franchise.[56]
  • September 11–12[57][58]
    • September 11 – Following the successful launch of Kapamilya Online Live, and the relaunches of KTX and TuTuBee, ABS-CBN Corporation extended its digital and online presence to the virtual world by launching an edutainment interactive portal hub, Just Love Kids, with featured some programming contents for kids exclusively on their social networking and website platforms.
    • September 12 – The following day, ABS-CBN also launched a weekend morning programming block of the same name, featuring the same program contents for children exclusively on their pay television network, Kapamilya Channel.
  • September 20 – GMA Network, in partnership with Jungo TV, formally launched its brand new Asian pop culture channel through K-pop, lifestyle and entertainment programming contents on digital terrestrial television, Hallypop (which is the Philippine version of a global TV network of the same name).[59][60]
  • September 21 – GMA News TV resumed its regular schedule slots with returning and new programming line-ups.
  • September 22
    • In acted on a 2013 illegal dismissal case, Supreme Court has ordered GMA Network to reinstate 30 cameramen and assistant cameramen and pay their backwages, allowances and other benefits from its illegal dismissal in 2013 up to actual reinstatement.[61]
    • POPTV made its official launched after being for soft operations in 2019.
  • September 24 – Eugenio Lopez III tendered his resignation as Chairman Emeritus and Director of ABS-CBN Corporation and other Lopez-owned companies for personal reasons.[62]
  • September 28 – FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano celebrated its 5th anniversary on Philippine television.

October

  • October 2 – Saksi, GMA Network‘s longest running late-night newscast since 2002 and formerly as an early evening newscast during its first years, celebrated its 25th anniversary on Philippine television.
  • October 5
  • October 6 – ABS-CBN Corporation and ZOE Broadcasting Network entered a blocktime deal to air selected ABS-CBN shows and movies via Channel 11 (ZOE’s owned TV frequency) in Mega Manila beginning on October 10.[63][64][65][66] The following day, ABS-CBN also released another statement for the list of some programs that would include on Channel 11’s line-up, respectively.[67][68]
  • October 8 – O Shopping made some changes on its channel space assignment from Channel 11 to Channel 25 (Metro Manila) and Channel 21 (Provincial) on Sky Cable, as ZOE’s upcoming channel was assigned to Channel 11 beginning on the same day.[69][70]
  • October 9–11 – Due to the success of the Easter Triduum broadcast of the 190th General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines and GMA Network, through GMA News TV, broadcast the Church’s 190th Semiannual General Conference via satellite delay on GMA News TV though both free-to-air (analog and digital) and cable TV (including Music and the Spoken Word, which aired on October 10). The broadcast, which aired remotely from Salt Lake City due to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the first General Conference TV broadcast in the country earlier that year, marked the first time the Semiannual General Conference was broadcast on Philippine television.
  • October 10 – ZOE TV rebranded to A2Z, which featured some contents of programs from its selected blocktimers (ABS-CBN and Knowledge Channel), licensors and providers (CBN Asia, Trinity Broadcasting Network and others), and ZOE’s owned Light TV on the said network, after ABS-CBN and ZOE agreed with the entering of blocktime deal on October 6. This also marked the partial return of ABS-CBN programming on free TV after the cease-and-desist order by National Telecommunications Commission due to expired legislative franchise on May 5 and the denial of its renewed legislative franchise on July 10.[63][64][65][66]
  • October 20 – Bubble Gang celebrated its 25th anniversary on Philippine television.
  • October 23 – MediaQuest Holdings, through Cignal TV and TV5 Network, Inc., and its sister company Smart Communications announced a 5-and-a-half year deal with the University Athletic Association of the Philippines to aired the games beginning with the 83rd season on both free-to-air networks TV5 and One Sports, and on the cable and satellite channel One Sports+. Meanwhile, Smart postpaid and prepaid subscribers can avail the live streaming through its service platform. This marked the first time that the Philippine collegiate league games broadcast on TV5 since NCAA Philippines in 2013-15 and also marked the end of its 20-year relationship with ABS-CBN Corporation following the non-renewal of its congressional franchise on July 10 and the dissolution of ABS-CBN Sports division to close its business operations on August 31 during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.[71]
  • October 30 – After almost 2 years of broadcasting, Liga has ceased its broadcast on pay TV by Creative Programs, Inc. (a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation) due to the non-renewal of its congressional franchise on July 10 and the dissolution of ABS-CBN Sports division to close its business operations on August 31 during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.[72]

November

  • November 1
    • After 7 years of broadcasting, O Shopping has ceased its operations as a pay TV channel and infomercial program by ACJ O Shopping Corporation (a joint venture between ABS-CBN Corporation and CJ ENM O Shopping Division) due to the implementation of a retrenchment program covering its business company from August 7, following the non-renewal of its congressional franchise on July 10 and CJ Group‘s decision to close its business operations in Southeast Asia effective December 31 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.[70][73]
    • Cine Mo! has officially part of both Cignal and SatLite channel lineups of Cignal TV, following its successful launch of G Sat‘s channel lineup a month before.
  • November 2 – TAP W rebranded to TAP TV as a general entertainment channel.[74]
  • November 4 – TAP TV broadcast its first news coverage of the 2020 United States presidential election, straight from the United States through NBC News.
  • November 11 – Balitanghali, one of the nine surviving shows of GMA News TV since its 2011 launch and one of the last three shows inherited from its predecessor network Q, celebrated its 15th anniversary on Philippine television.
  • November 12 – The National Telecommunications Commission approved the digital broadcast of A2Z on UHF Channel 20 and became available on most digital boxes, including ABS-CBN TV Plus and GMA Affordabox across Mega Manila.[75]
  • November 13
    • iWantTFC officially made its grand launched after two months and 13 days of being in soft launch and the merging of iWant and TFC Online on September 1. The platform was made the strategy in three different tiers that has used similar to the US-based streaming service, Peacock: the free tier, the premium tier (which was available for paid subscribers and through subscribing it from telco companies) and an ad-free option with the movie rental service included for an additional cost.[76]
    • Ang Pinaka, one of the nine surviving shows of GMA News TV since its 2011 launch and one of the last three shows inherited from its predecessor network Q, celebrated its 15th anniversary on Philippine television.
  • November 15 – TAP Edge reformatted as a drama-centric entertainment channel, ending its action sports programming via EDGEsport in December 2020.[74]
  • November 20
    • Myx celebrated its 20th anniversary of broadcasting. It was introduced on free-to air television through the now-defunct Studio 23 (now S+A), a sister television network of ABS-CBN during daytime and as a blocktimer.
    • GMA Network announced a 5-year deal with the National Collegiate Athletic Association to cover the games of the NCAA from seasons 96 to 101. The new broadcast deal outbided TV5/One Sports (the league’s former broadcaster in seasons 89 and 90) with the revenues on GMA’s new deal would be donated in support of the financial aid for the students of the league’s participating colleges and it would broadcast on GMA News TV and on the network’s official website; thus ending its second stint with ABS-CBN Corporation (which began on the 91st season) following the non-renewal of its congressional franchise on July 10 and the dissolution of ABS-CBN Sports division to close its business operations on August 31 during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. It also marked the return of sporting events for the network for the first time since 2018 and for the sister network since 2016 after the cancelation of News TV All Sports.[77]
  • November 26 – For the first time, TAP TV became the exclusive Philippine broadcaster for the premiere live aired on cable and satellite television broadcast of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade via NBC from Macy’s flagship store in New York City, USA since 2013 with the last year’s parade was broadcast via tape delay on CNN Philippines.

December

  • December 1 – Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko celebrated its 45th anniversary on Philippine television.
  • December 8 – GMA Network, Inc. launched “Synergy: A GMA Collaboration”, a company’s division composed of a group that catered and produced ticketing and non-ticketing events and activities.
  • December 11 – After almost two months of the announce broadcast deal with Cignal TV, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines announced the cancellation of its 83rd season, which supposed to schedule its first airing in 2021 on One Sports, due to the health safety of student-athletes amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.[78]
  • December 15 – Viva Entertainment launched an over-the-top content platform, VivaMax, and began its soft operations which include movies and TV series content from the Viva library, as well as Tagalized versions of Hollywood and Korean movies, in addition to its exclusive-owned web series and miniseries.[79]
  • December 20 – Jessica Villarubin of Cebu won the third season of The Clash.
  • December 21 – Philippine Collective Media Corporation, a Tacloban-based broadcast media company owned by Leyte 1st District Representative and House Majority Floor Leader Martin Romualdez, granted an amendment of its congressional franchise under Republic Act No. 11508 (which previously Republic Act No. 9773, where originally limited to Eastern Visayas only), allowing PCMC to operate radio and television stations nationwide. The company operated a local independent station PRTV in Tacloban.
  • December 26 – Singer-songwriter Daryl Ong (portrayed as “2-2-B”) was proclaimed the grand winner of the first season of Masked Singer Pilipinas.
  • December 31 – DZIQ and its television counterpart Inquirer 990 Television has ceased its broadcasting operations by the Inquirer Group of Companies due to programming redundancies, lack of advertising support and cost-cutting measures as well as change in business directions during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.

Unknown (dates)

  • September – Regional News Group was formed as a new independent cooperative multicasting media group made by the several retrenched employees, news anchors and reporters of the now-defunct ABS-CBN Regional and it composed of different versions nationwide including RNG Luzon (based in Baguio), RNG Bicol (based in Legazpi and Naga) and RNG Mindanao (based in Davao and Cagayan de Oro).

Debuts

Major networks

ABS-CBN

The following are programs that debuted on ABS-CBN:

Re-runs

A2Z

The following are programs that debuted on A2Z:

Re-runs
  • October 10: Kidz Weekend
  • October 12: Kidz Toon Time
  • October 12: School at Home
  • October 26: The Good Son145

Notes
^ a Originally aired on ABS-CBN
^b Originally aired on GMA
^c Originally aired on Yey!
^d Originally aired on Jeepney TV
^e Originally aired on Kapamilya Channel
^f Originally aired on NBN (now PTV)
^g Originally aired on Knowledge Channel
^h Originally aired on Q (now GMA News TV)

GMA

The following are programs that debuted on GMA Network:

Re-runs

TV5

The following are programs that debuted on TV5:

Unknown (dates)
  • November: Frontline Eastern Visayas (TV5 Leyte)
Re-runs

Notes
^1 Originally aired on ABS-CBN
^2 Originally aired on Colours
^3 Originally aired on Sari-Sari Channel
^4 Originally aired on GMA Network
^5 Originally aired on RPN (now CNN Philippines)
^6 Originally aired on One Screen

State-owned networks

PTV

The following are programs that debuted on People’s Television Network:

IBC

The following are programs that debuted on IBC:

  • January 5: Misa Tradionalis Latin Mass and Cathechism
  • March 23: Public Briefing: #LagingHandaPH and Sentro Balita (simulcast via People’s Television Network)
  • May 1: PTV News (simulcast via People’s Television Network)
  • August 2: FYI
  • August 11: DepEd TV

Minor networks

The following are programs that debuted on minor networks:

  • January 5: Himig ng Lahi on Net 25
  • February 6: The Medyo Late Night Show with Jojo A. on RJ DigiTV
  • April 6: Serbisyong Bayanihan on UNTV
  • May 2: ARTime on Net 25
  • May 9: Tagisan ng Galing on Net 25
  • May 16: Talking Heads on BEAM TV
  • May 25: Hataw Balita Pilipinas on UNTV
  • June 6: Ito Ang Balita Weekend Edition on UNTV
  • July 13: UNTV News Worldwide on UNTV
  • July 26: Unlad: Kaagapay sa Hanapbuhay on Net 25
  • August 9: Pelikwentuhan on Net 25
  • September 14: Happy Time on Net 25
  • September 27: Kesayasaya on Net 25
  • October 3: Sine Pinoy on BEAM TV
  • November 28: Ang Daigdig Ko’y Ikaw on Net 25
  • December 5: Healing Galing Live! on UNTV

Unknown (dates)

Other channels

The following are programs that debuted on other channels:

  • January 6: Along Came Love, Anything But Plain and Shadows of the Past on Telenovela Channel
  • January 12: Sierra Canyon High School Basketball on 5 Plus (now One Sports)
  • January 12: Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club (season 4) on ETC
  • January 12: Penn & Teller: Fool Us (season 5) on Jack TV (now defunct)
  • January 16: My Hotter Half on ETC
  • January 20: Hit the Top on GMA News TV
  • January 21: WWE SmackDown on 5 Plus (now One Sports)
  • January 25: The Legend of Paranormal Stories on GMA News TV
  • January 26: BBC My World on One News
  • January 27: Guest Star on ETC
  • February 2: Taste MNL on GMA News TV
  • February 8: 30 for 30 on 5 Plus (now One Sports)
  • February 10: Alvin and the Chipmunks on Yey!
  • February 14: Labor of Love on DZMM TeleRadyo
  • February 15: Usapang Kalye on DZMM TeleRadyo
  • February 15: Flirty Dancing on ETC
  • February 17: Planet Earth II and Price of Passion on GMA News TV
  • February 24: Man x Man on GMA News TV
  • February 27: Survivor: Winners at War on Solar Sports
  • February 29: UGB MMA Fighters Boot Camp and UGB MMA Rampage on Solar Sports
  • March 8: O Shopping on Jeepney TV
  • March 8: Basketball Science, Geeks & Gamers Guide and The Huddle on One Sports
  • March 9: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist on ETC
  • March 12: WWE Raw on One Sports
  • March 14: Kuwentuhang Lokal on DZMM Teleradyo
  • March 14: Project Destination on GMA News TV
  • March 16: Kapamilya Daily Mass on DZMM TeleRadyo, Jeepney TV and S+A
  • March 18: ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya sa DZMM, On the Spot, Pasada 630 (first 30 minutes only), SRO: Suhestyon, Reaksyon at Opinyon and TV Patrol on ABS-CBN News Channel
  • March 19: ANC Rundown, Top Story and The World Tonight on DZMM TeleRadyo
  • March 20: Labor of Love on ABS-CBN News Channel
  • March 21: Good Job, Konsyumer Atbp. (first 30 minutes only), Magandang Morning with Julius and Zen, Omaga-Diaz Report, Radyo Patrol Balita Alas Siyete Weekend Edition, Tandem: Lima at Logan, TV Patrol Weekend and Usapang Kalye on ABS-CBN News Channel
  • March 21: 24 Oras Weekend, Francis “Kiko” FLores on Board (Dobol B sa News TV), Super Balita sa Hapon Weekend (Dobol B sa News TV) and Super Balita sa Tanghali Weekend (Dobol B sa News TV) on GMA News TV
  • March 22: Boses ng Balita, DZBB Executive Summary and TKO: Talakayan Komentaryo’t Opinyon on GMA News TV (Dobol B sa News TV)
  • March 23: Public Briefing: #LagingHandaPH on ABS-CBN News Channel, CNN Philippines, DZMM TeleRadyo, DZRH News Television, GMA News TV, One News and One PH (simulcast via People’s Television Network)
  • March 23: 24 Oras, Super Balita sa Hapon (Dobol B sa News TV) and Super Balita sa Tanghali Nationwide (Dobol B sa News TV) on GMA News TV
  • March 25: Kuwentuhang Lokal on ABS-CBN News Channel
  • March 26: Dateline Philippines on DZMM TeleRadyo
  • April 1: Team Fitfil on S+A
  • April 2: Early Edition, Headstart, Market Edge and Matters of Fact on DZMM TeleRadyo and S+A
  • April 4: PJ Masks (season 1) on Yey!
  • April 6: Rusty Rivets on Yey!
  • April 11: Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu (seasons 1 and 2) on Yey!
  • April 12: Kapamilya Journeys of Hope on Jeepney TV and Metro Channel
  • April 12: NCIS: Los Angeles (season 9) on Movie Central
  • April 13: Pop Babies on Yey!
  • April 20: The Final Word on CNN Philippines
  • May 2: CNN 10 and Dexter’s Laboratory on CNN Philippines
  • May 3: Uncle Grandpa on CNN Philippines
  • May 3: ETC Flix on ETC
  • May 8: TV Patrol on Cine Mo!
  • May 9: TV Patrol Weekend on Cine Mo!
  • May 9: Get Fit, Life at Home and What Makes Me Happy? on CNN Philippines
  • May 10: I Feel U on Jeepney TV
  • May 10: The Healing Eucharist on TeleRadyo
  • May 11: I Feel U on Cinema One and Myx
  • May 11: Team FitFil on Liga
  • May 11: Kongsuni and Friends on Yey!
  • May 13: Madam Secretary (season 6) on ETC
  • May 16: Meet The Millenials on CNN Philippines
  • May 16: Flirty Dancing (season 2) on ETC
  • May 17: Lingkod Aksyon on TeleRadyo
  • May 18: News.PH (2nd incarnation) on CNN Philippines
  • May 18: Extreme Animal Babies and GMA Regional TV Strip on GMA News TV
  • May 23: #WFH on CNN Philippines
  • May 23: Cata on GMA News TV
  • May 23: Tropang Torpe on Viva TV
  • May 24: Man of the House on ABS-CBN News Channel
  • May 25: ETCinema on ETC
  • June 1: Hidden Love on GMA News TV
  • June 7: Swak na Swak on ABS-CBN News Channel
  • June 8: Idol in Action on One PH
  • June 13: It’s Showtime, Kapamilya Action Sabado, Kapamilya Daily Mass, KB Family Weekend, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan? (season 1), Super Kapamilya Blockbusters, Team Fitfil and The Voice Teens (season 2) on Kapamilya Channel
  • June 13: Masha and the Bear on Yey!
  • June 14: ASAP Natin ‘To!, FPJ: Da King, G Diaries, The Healing Eucharist, Iba ‘Yan! (season 1), Ipaglaban Mo!, Movie Central Presents, Sunday’s Best and Wikaharian on Kapamilya Channel
  • June 15: A Soldier’s Heart, Familiar Wife, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, Kabayan, Kapamilya Blockbusters, Kapamilya Gold Hits, Love Thy Woman, Magandang Buhay, News Patrol, Radyo Patrol Balita Alas Siete and The World of a Married Couple on Kapamilya Channel
  • June 15: Betty en NY on One Screen
  • June 19: Riverdale (season 1) on One Screen
  • June 21: Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back on ETC
  • June 21: Good Vibes with Edu on Metro Channel
  • June 21: Sportspage on One Sports
  • June 22: Sportspage on One PH, One Sports+ and PBA Rush
  • June 22: Garlic on One Screen
  • June 25: The Huddle on One PH
  • June 26: Jumpball on One PH
  • June 28: ASAP Natin ‘To! on Metro Channel
  • June 29: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card on Yey!
  • July 1: Rise and Shine on Myx
  • July 3: Friday Movie Timeout on Solar Sports
  • July 5: Sunday Mass Live on TeleRadyo
  • July 11: ESPN’s Boxing Greatest Fights on One Sports
  • July 17: The Exchange on CNN Philippines
  • July 19: Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan? (season 1) on Jeepney TV
  • July 19: UFC Fight Night on One Sports
  • July 20: New Normal: The Survival Guide and Power Block on GMA News TV
    • July 20: Front Row (Power Block) and Newsmakers (New Normal: The Survival Guide)
    • July 21: Alisto (Power Block) and Bright Side (New Normal: The Survival Guide)
    • July 22: Pera Paraan (New Normal: The Survival Guide) and Tunay na Buhay (Power Block)
    • July 23: Home Work (New Normal: The Survival Guide) and Reporter’s Notebook (Power Block)
    • July 24: Family Time (New Normal: The Survival Guide)
  • July 20: Iba ‘Yan! (season 1) on Jeepney TV
  • July 20: O Shopping on Kapamilya Channel
  • July 27: 2gether: The Series, TV Patrol and The World Tonight on Kapamilya Channel
  • August 1: TV Patrol Weekend on Kapamilya Channel
  • August 1: Bakbakan Na on One Sports
  • August 2: Thunderbird Sabong Nation and Tukaan on One Sports
  • August 3: Network Briefing News on One PH
  • August 3: BGC News on Viva TV
  • August 10: The Chefs’ Line (season 2) on ETC
  • August 15: Still 2gether on Kapamilya Channel
  • August 16: Usapang Real Life on Colours
  • August 17: Fit for Life on Colours
  • August 17: Nakee on GMA News TV
  • August 17: Ang sa Iyo ay Akin on Jeepney TV and Kapamilya Channel
  • August 18: Chika, Besh! on Colours
  • August 22: Mind S-Cool on CNN Philippines
  • August 24: Celebrity Top 10 on One News and One PH
  • August 24: Love Life on One Screen
  • August 28: PBA 3-Point Shootout Virtual Charity Tournament on PBA Rush
  • August 29: The Hoptimist on CNN Philippines
  • August 29: Ride PH (season 3) on One News
  • August 29: TeleBalita Weekend, Winner sa Life and Your Daily Do’s on TeleRadyo
  • August 29: Band on the Run on Viva TV
  • August 30: IHEARTPH on CNN Philippines
  • August 31: Dos Por Dos sa DZRH on DZRH News Television
  • September 5: Sagupaan TV on One Sports
  • September 9: TeleBalita on Kapamilya Channel and TeleRadyo
  • September 12: Team Yey! on Kapamilya Channel
  • September 13: PPop Generation Party on Viva TV
  • September 14: My Absolute Boyfriend and Saksi on GMA News TV
  • September 19: ETCerye on ETC
  • September 19: Saturday Cinema Hits on GMA News TV
  • September 20: HallyStage, JYP’s Party People, Music Bank, Running Man, Sidewalk Talk and StarGazeMuzik on Hallypop[59]
  • September 21: Legend of Fuyao and Siesta Fiesta Movies on GMA News TV
  • September 21: K-pop Star on Hallypop
  • September 21: Gising Pilipinas!, Hinahanap-Hanap Kita and TeleRadyo Balita on Kapamilya Channel
  • September 21: TeleRadyo Balita on TeleRadyo
  • September 26: Business Above Usual and TeleRadyo Balita Weekend on TeleRadyo
  • September 27: The Big Picture, Secret Seven, Sine Date Weekends and Toriko (season 3) on GMA News TV
  • September 28: Walang Hanggang Paalam on Jeepney TV and Kapamilya Channel
  • October 2: Ask Angelica on Cinema One
  • October 3: Buhay na Buhay (season 2) on ABS-CBN News Channel
  • October 3: Ask Angelica on Jeepney TV
  • October 3: Swak na Swak on Kapamilya Channel
  • October 4: We Rise Together on Jeepney TV
  • October 5: Feelings, Frontline Pilipinas, Radyo5 Network News and Ted Failon at DJ Chacha sa Radyo5 on One PH
  • October 10: Raket Science on One PH
  • October 10: Bida Konsyumer on TeleRadyo
  • October 11: Masaganang Buhay on One PH
  • October 12: Usap Tayo: Super Kuwentuhan with Mark and Susan (Dobol B sa News TV) on GMA News TV
  • October 12: Game Ka Na Ba? (seasons 1 and 2; 2nd incarnation) on Jeepney TV
  • October 12: Agham, Inc. on One Screen
  • October 17: Pinoy Movie Break on GMA News TV
  • October 18: Sunday ‘Kada and Sunday Noontime Live! on Colours
  • October 18: Bite Me on Metro Channel
  • October 18: I Got You on One Screen
  • October 19: Lunch Out Loud on Colours
  • October 24: I Can See Your Voice (season 3) on Kapamilya Channel
  • October 24: Coolest Places to Stay on Metro Channel
  • October 24: Oh My Dad! (season 1) on One Screen
  • October 25: Holiday Gifts on GMA News TV
  • October 25: The Dean Mel Show and Rated Korina on One PH
  • October 26: Bagong Umaga and Sakto on Kapamilya Channel
  • October 31: VIVAriety on Viva TV
  • November 1: Ghost Adventures (season 2) on Sari-Sari Channel
  • November 2: Dama on One Screen
  • November 2: EZ Shop on Heart of Asia
  • November 2: The Today Show on TAP TV
  • November 3: Heads Up!, Little Big Shots: Forever Young, Little Big Shots USA, Miracle Hunter, NBC Nightly News and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on TAP TV
  • November 5: Food Unwrapped on TAP TV
  • November 6: Who Do You Think You Are? USA on TAP TV
  • November 7: OMJ: Oh My Job! (Dobol B sa News TV) and Running Man (Hallypop Strip)[91] on GMA News TV
  • November 7: Design Junkies and Superfoods: The Real Story on TAP TV
  • November 8: Culinary Bluprint, ES.TV and TAP TV Sunday Movies (now Hit Flix) on TAP TV
  • November 9: Extraordinary You and Music Bank (Hallypop Strip)[91] on GMA News TV
  • November 9: HaPinay on TeleRadyo
  • November 14: Kalderoke (season 1) on Kapamilya Channel
  • November 14: Tech Ka Muna on One PH
  • November 19: IRL on GMA News TV
  • November 24: Ate ng Ate Ko and Paano ang Pasko? on One Screen
  • November 25: Stay-In Love (season 1) on One Screen
  • November 26: Sleepless on One Screen
  • November 27: Carpool on One Screen
  • November 27: Bella Bandida on Sari-Sari Channel
  • November 28: Afternoon Movie Break on GMA News TV
  • November 28: Kagat ng Dilim (season 1; 2020) on Sari-Sari Channel
  • November 29: Luckyng Tulong on Cine Mo! and Kapamilya Channel
  • November 29: Charming Girl on Heart of Asia
  • December 1: Daily Pop and The Kelly Clarkson Show on TAP TV
  • December 2: Front & Center on CNN Philippines
  • December 6: Mr. Player on Heart of Asia
  • December 6: Pinoy Big Brother: Connect on Kapamilya Channel
  • December 7: Rising Sun on GMA News TV
  • December 7: The Game on One News and One Sports+
  • December 14: Born Beautiful: The Series on One Screen
  • December 19: eXes and whYs with Pops and Martin and From Helen’s Kitchen (season 3) on Colours
  • December 19: Konsyumer Atbp. on GMA News TV (Dobol B sa News TV)
  • December 20: Louie O Live with Robin on Colours
  • December 21: Where Stars Land on GMA News TV
  • December 26: Juander Titser on TeleRadyo

Re-runs

  1. ^a Originally aired on ABS-CBN
  2. ^b Originally aired on GMA
  3. ^c Originally aired on TV5
  4. ^d Originally aired on Cine Mo!
  5. ^e Originally aired on Yey!
  6. ^f Originally aired on S+A
  7. ^g Originally aired on GMA News TV
  8. ^h Originally aired on Jeepney TV
  9. ^i Originally aired on Sari-Sari Channel
  10. ^j Originally aired on Hero (now defunct)
  11. ^k Originally aired on ETC
  12. ^l Originally aired on Jack TV (now defunct)
  13. ^m Originally aired on 2nd Avenue (now defunct)
  14. ^n Originally aired on CT (now defunct)
  15. ^o Originally aired on Studio 23 (now S+A)
  16. ^p Originally aired on Q (now GMA News TV)
  17. ^q Originally aired on RPN (now CNN Philippines)
  18. ^r Originally aired on Fox Filipino (now defunct)
  19. ^s Originally aired on Kapamilya Channel
  20. ^t Originally aired on Metro Channel
  21. ^u Originally aired on Asianovela Channel
  22. ^v Originally aired on NBN (now PTV)
  23. ^w Originally aired on Knowledge Channel

Video streaming services

The following are programs that debuted on video streaming services:

  • January 17: Ampalaya Chronicles on iWant
  • January 22: My Single Lady on iWant
  • February 21: I Am U on iWant
  • March 13: Fluid on iWant
  • March 18: The Tapes on iWant
  • March 29: Mystified on iflix
  • April 3: Jet and the Pet Rangers on iWant
  • May 22: Gameboys (season 1) on YouTube (The IdeaFirst Company)
  • June 24: Hello Stranger on YouTube (Black Sheep)
  • July 15: Beauty Queens on iWant
  • July 16: Unconditional on Cignal Play
  • September 25: Gaya Sa Pelikula on YouTube (Globe Studios)
  • October 15: Ben X Jim (season 1) on YouTube (Regal Entertainment)
  • October 18: Boys’ Lockdown on YouTube (Ticket2Me)
  • October 23: Pearl Next Door on YouTube (The IdeaFirst Company)
  • October 24: The House Arrest of Us on iWantTFC
  • October 28: Knorr Christmas Kitchen on iWantTFC
  • November 5: Oh, Mando! on iWantTFC
  • November 6: Beauty and the Boss on WeTV iflix
  • November 14: La Vida Lena (pilot series) on iWantTFC
  • November 18: Loving Emily on iWantTFC
  • December 12: Barangay 143 (season 2) on POPTV
  • December 14: Bawal Lumabas: The Series on iWantTFC

Returning or renamed programs

Major networks

Other channels

ShowLast airedRetitled as/Season/NotesChannelReturn date
Kerygma TV2019Feast TVIBCJanuary 5
Penn & Teller: Fool UsSame (season 5)Jack TV (now defunct)January 12
Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club2017 (2nd Avenue; now defunct)Same (season 4)ETC
U.S. NCAA Women’s College Basketball2019Same (2019–20 season)5 Plus (until March 6) / One Sports (since March 8)January 20
Survivor2019 (Jack TV; now defunct)Same (season 40: “Winners at War“)Solar SportsFebruary 27
Philippine Super Liga2019Same (2020 season)5 Plus (free-to-air; until March 7) / One Sports (cable; until March 7, free-to-air; since March 10) / One Sports+ (cable; since March 10)February 29 (Grand Prix Conference)
PBA Developmental League5 Plus (free-to-air; until March 6) / One Sports (cable; until March 6, free-to-air; since March 9) / One Sports+ (cable; since March 9) / PBA Rush (cable)March 2 (Aspirant’s Cup)
EZ ShopSame5 Plus (until March 6) / One Sports (since March 9)March 2
NCIS: Los Angeles2017 (Cine Mo!)Same (season 9)Movie CentralApril 12
ETC Flix2018SameETCMay 3
Failon Ngayon sa DZMM2020Failon Ngayon sa TeleRadyoTeleRadyoMay 8
Lingkod Kapamilya sa DZMMLingkod Kapamilya sa TeleRadyo
Pasada Sais TrentaPasada sa TeleRadyo
Red Alert sa DZMMRed Alert sa TeleRadyoMay 10
Flirty DancingSame (season 2)ETCMay 16
News.PH2017Same (as a Filipino–language newcast)CNN PhilippinesMay 18
Cardcaptor Sakura2009 (GMA)Clear CardYey!June 29
One Up2019Same (season 2)One SportsJuly 25
The Chefs’ Line2018 (2nd Avenue; now defunct)ETCAugust 10
Ride PH2019Same (season 3)One NewsAugust 29
On The Spot2020Same (as a news and commentary program)TeleRadyoSeptember 1
Ulat Bayan2017Same (weekday edition)PTVSeptember 7
Ulat Bayan WeekendSeptember 12
Team Yey!2020 (Yey!)Same (season 5)Kapamilya Channel
Gising Pilipinas!2020SameTeleRadyo / Kapamilya ChannelSeptember 21
Toriko2016 (GMA)Same (season 3)GMA News TVSeptember 27
Buhay na Buhay2018 (GMA News TV)Same (season 2)ABS-CBN News ChannelOctober 3
Game Ka Na Ba?2009 (ABS-CBN)Same (2nd incarnation)Jeepney TVOctober 12
Sakto2020SameTeleRadyo / Kapamilya ChannelOctober 26
Pinoy Movie BreakAfternoon Movie BreakGMA News TVNovember 28
From Helen’s Kitchen2019Same (season 3)Colours / TV5December 19

Video streaming services

ShowLast airedRetitled as/Season/NotesServiceReturn date
Barangay 1432019 (GMA)Same (season 2)POPTVDecember 12

Programs transferring networks

Major networks

Other channels

Video streaming services

Finales

Major networks

ABS-CBN

The following are programs that ended on ABS-CBN:

Stopped airing
COVID-19 pandemic
ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy
Cancelled

A2Z

The following are programs that ended on A2Z:

Unknown (dates)

GMA

The following are programs that ended on GMA Network:

Stopped airing
Miscellaneous
ProgramLast airingResumed airingReason
Wish Ko Lang!February 15July 11Program concluded and replaced by Ilaban Natin Yan! on February 22.
TadhanaApril 18May 9Season break.
Bleach (season 1; rerun)May 3September 27 (GMA News TV)Program replaced by Fairy Tail (season 6).
Biyahe ni DrewMay 29February 28, 2021Program replaced by Saksi beginning June 1.
Front RowJuly 13January 4, 2021Program replaced by Saksi beginning July 20. Moved to GMA News TV on the same day.
AlistoJuly 14January 5, 2021Program replaced by Saksi beginning July 20. Moved to GMA News TV on July 21.
Tunay na BuhayJuly 15January 6, 2021Program replaced by Saksi beginning July 20. Moved to GMA News TV on July 22.
Reporter’s NotebookJuly 16January 7, 2021Program replaced by Saksi beginning July 20. Moved to GMA News TV on July 23.
Flame of Recca (rerun)October 31November 8 (GMA News TV)Program replaced by Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.
Dragon Ball Super (season 1; rerun)November 20January 11, 2021Program pre-empted by Christmas Cartoon Festival Presents on November 23.
Angry Birds BluesNovember 28December 26Programs replaced by Kaibigan: The Series on December 5.
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
Yo-Kai Watch (season 3; rerun)November 29February 7, 2021 (season 2)Program replaced by Pororo: The Racing Adventure on December 6.
Kaibigan: The SeriesDecember 19N/ASeries break.
COVID-19 pandemic
Cancelled

TV5

The following are programs that ended on TV5:

Stopped airing
Miscellaneous
COVID-19 pandemic
ProgramLast airingResumed airingReason
Sambuhay TV MassMarch 8March 22 (GMA)Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
One BalitaMarch 19June 1Temporarily suspension of broadcast and replaced by One News Now and live special coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
EZ ShopMarch 20June 22Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
Cancelled
  • August 9: Healing Galing sa TV (reason: Program replaced by Fit for Life and moved to UNTV on December 5 as Healing Galing Live!.)[95]
  • September 9: Love Life with Kris (reason: Unknown. Show was not yet debut on the said network.)

State-owned networks

PTV

The following are programs that ended on People’s Television Network:

Stopped airing
Miscellaneous
ProgramLast airingResumed airingReason
PTV SportsOctober 2October 19Program replaced by Tutok PDEA, Kontra Droga beginning October 5.
COVID-19 pandemic
ProgramLast airingResumed airingReason
PCSO Lottery DrawMarch 17August 7Temporary suspension of all PCSO lottery games due to the implementation of enhanced community quarantine in Luzon during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines and was replaced by #LagingHanda press briefing by PCOO at 11 a.m., DOH Press Briefing at 4 p.m. and the expanded PTV News Headlines at 9 p.m.
PNA NewsroomJuly 30August 10Temporary suspension of telecast on July 30 due to the disinfection of the PNA Headquarters.
Sentro BalitaJuly 31September 7Temporary suspension of telecast due to the network’s reduced manpower policies.
Public Briefing: #LagingHandaPHAugust 1August 26Temporary suspension of telecast due to the reductions affecting live programming and the network’s reduced manpower policies as the six employees of the network tests positive for COVID-19.

IBC

The following are programs that ended on IBC:

  • January 11: ATC E-Sports Highlights
  • January 29: Arnelli in da Haus
  • March 1: Misa Tradionalis Latin Mass and Catechism
  • May 15: PTV News (simulcast via People’s Television Network)
  • June 14: El Shaddai
  • July 31: Sentro Balita (simulcast via People’s Television Network)
  • October 3: Public Briefing: #LagingHandaPH
Stopped airing
Miscellaneous
ProgramLast airingResumed airingReason
DepEd TVAugust 14 (end of first test run)September 21 (second test run)Temporary suspension of telecast due to the postponement of opening of regular classes in public schools to October 5.
September 25 (end of second test run)October 5 (full transmission)Temporary suspension of telecast following the conclusion of the week-long second test run.
COVID-19 pandemic
ProgramLast airingResumed airingReason
EZ ShopMarch 18May 2Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
TV Shop PhilippinesMay 16 (RJ DigiTV)
Cooltura (revived version)March 19N/A
Chinese News TV (CNTV)March 20April 12, 2021 (ABS-CBN News Channel as Chinatown News TV)
Cooltura (original version; rerun)N/A
ASK TV: Artihan, Sayawan at KantahanMarch 21
Talents Academy
Tilaok TV
Tutok 13April 30May 18Temporary suspension of telecast and replaced by PTV News simulcast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
PNA NewsroomJuly 30August 10Temporary suspension of telecast on July 30 due to the disinfection of the PNA Headquarters.
Public Briefing: #LagingHandaPHAugust 1August 26Temporary suspension of telecast due to the reductions affecting live programming and the reduced manpower policies at People’s Television Network as the six employees of the said network tests positive for COVID-19.

Minor networks

  • September 11: Agila Balita on Net 25

Other channels

Stopped airing

Miscellaneous
COVID-19 pandemic
ProgramChannelLast airingResumed airingReason
Tulong Ko, Pasa MoDZMM TeleRadyoMarch 8April 26Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
Kapamilya KonekMay 3
Investigative DocumentariesGMA News TVMarch 12April 16
July 16N/ATemporary suspension of telecast and replaced by New Normal: The Survival Guide on July 20.
Pinas SarapMarch 12April 16Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
July 16July 25
November 10 (new peisodes)
Temporary suspension of telecast and replaced by New Normal: The Survival Guide on July 20.
Goin’ Bulilit ClassicsJeepney TVMarch 13November 6, 2021 (as Goin’ Bulilit)Temporarily replaced by the delayed telecast of Kapamilya Daily Mass from ABS-CBN due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. Continued broadcast via Yey! as Goin’ Bulilit.
Gising Pilipinas!DZMM TeleRadyoSeptember 21 (TeleRadyo)Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
Biyahe ni DrewGMA News TVApril 17
July 17November 13 (new episodes)Temporary suspension of telecast and replaced by New Normal: The Survival Guide on July 20.
Reel TimeMarch 13April 17Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
July 17N/ATemporary suspension of telecast and replaced by New Normal: The Survival Guide on July 20.
DZBB Super Serbisyo: Buhay, Trabaho, at Negosyo (Dobol B sa News TV)March 14May 16Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines and replaced by Public Briefing: #LagingHandaPH beginning March 23.
GMA Regional TV Weekend NewsMay 2Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. Temporary moved to GMA Network on March 21 to April 25.
Turbo ZoneMay 23Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley
Balitanghali WeekendN/A
Project Destination
Taste BuddiesApril 18
November 21 (new episodes)
Pop TalkApril 18
July 18September 17Temporary suspension of telecast and replaced by Pinas Sarap on July 25.
September 18November 14 (new episodes)Temporary suspension of telecast due to the channel’s weekday afternoon to late evening programming schedule changes (mostly newscasts resumptions and entertainment programming additions) on September 21.
Sagupaan TVS+AMarch 14September 5 (One Sports; as Sagupaan High Action TV)Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
Magpayo Nga KayoDZMM TeleradyoMay 9
Omaga-Diaz ReportApril 26 (Sunday edition)
May 2 (Saturday edition)
Ang PinakaGMA News TVMarch 15September 14
September 16October 26Temporary suspension of telecast due to the channel’s weekday afternoon to late evening programming schedule changes (mostly newscasts resumptions and entertainment programming additions) on September 21.
The World of Gandang Ricky ReyesMarch 15N/ATemporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
Idol sa KusinaApril 19
October 18 (new episodes)
Glow UpApril 19
Taste MNLN/A
U-Prince PresentsMay 23
The Legend of Paranormal Stories
Salamat DokABS-CBN News ChannelN/ATemporary replaced by special news coverage on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
Sagot Ko ‘Yan!DZMM TeleradyoApril 26Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
Yesterday
Remember When
Chismax
Private Nights
Sa Kabukiran
Salitang Buhay
Red Alert
FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano: Action MarathonCine Mo!June 15
(as the program’s regular episode airing)
Temporary suspension of tapings due to COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
Family TV MassOne SportsJuly 5Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
Friends AgainS+AN/A
Asenso PinoyNovember 14 (A2Z)
We Bare BearsCNN PhilippinesMarch 28Temporary suspension of telecast due to the disinfection of the building where the network is being housed as the employee of another company tested positive for COVID-19.
TV Healing Mass For The HomeboundJuly 19Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
August 2September 13Temporary suspension of telecast due to the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila. Continued broadcast through online.
Good News Kasama si Vicky MoralesGMA News TVMarch 16April 13Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
July 13November 9 (new episodes)Temporary suspension of telecast and replaced by New Normal: The Survival Guide on July 20.
Planet Earth IIMarch 16April 13Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng WinnieMarch 17April 14
July 14N/ATemporary suspension of telecast and replaced by New Normal: The Survival Guide on July 20.
BrigadaMarch 17April 14Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
July 14September 19Temporary suspension of telecast and replaced by New Normal: The Survival Guide on July 20.
Dr. Love Radio ShowDZMM TeleRadyoMarch 18April 20Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
On The SpotSeptember 1
MMK KlasikN/ATemporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. Continued broadcast via Jeepney TV as The Best of MMK.
Todo-todo Walang PrenoMay 4Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
Usapang de CampanilaN/A
Aladdin: You Would’ve Heard the NameGMA News TVMay 23
BalitanghaliSeptember 21
Man x ManMay 25
My Sassy GirlN/A
Price of PassionJune 8
News TV LiveSeptember 21
News TV Quick Response Team
State of the Nation with Jessica Soho
Stand for TruthApril 13
July 17September 21Temporary suspension of telecast and replaced by New Normal: The Survival Guide on July 20.
iJuanderMarch 18April 15Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
July 15July 26Temporary suspension of telecast and replaced by New Normal: The Survival Guide on July 20.
Tonight with Arnold ClavioMarch 18April 15Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
July 15N/ATemporary suspension of telecast and replaced by New Normal: The Survival Guide on July 20.
EZ ShopOne SportsMarch 18October 15Temporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. Continued broadcast throungh its standalone channel.
Moonlight SerenadeDZMM TeleradyoMarch 19N/ATemporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
SaktoOctober 26 (TeleRadyo)
Good VibesJune 15 (TeleRadyo)
Magpahanggang WakasJeepney TVMarch 20June 22Temporary suspension of telecast due to the channel’s midnight to morning programming schedule changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
PietaN/A
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Quickilig!April 4
You’re My HomeJune 7
Fast BreakDZMM TeleRadyoMarch 21N/ATemporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
Radyo NegosyoApril 25
Talking Heads with Rose SolangonOne SportsMarch 28May 16 (BEAM TV)
Geeks & Gamers GuideMarch 29January 24, 2021
30 for 30June 20
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (season 17)ETCMay 1N/ATemporary suspension of telecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
TMZ
Balitang BisdakGMA News TVJune 23July 14Temporary suspension of broadcast due to the “enhanced community quarantine” in Cebu City.
GMA Regional TV Live!June 26July 17
ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy
ProgramChannelLast airingResumed airingReason
Sabong TVS+AMay 2N/ATemporary suspension of telecast due to shutdown of ABS-CBN broadcast stations amid the expired franchise. Continued broadcast via IBC.
RX Plus: Health, Lifestyle and LeisureTemporary suspension of telecast due to shutdown of ABS-CBN broadcast stations amid the expired franchise.
The Word ExposedMay 3Temporary suspension of telecast due to shutdown of ABS-CBN broadcast stations amid the expired franchise. Continued broadcast via ABS-CBN News Channel and TV Maria.
Agri TVTemporary suspension of telecast due to shutdown of ABS-CBN broadcast stations amid the expired franchise.
UpfrontMay 17 (Liga)
The Healing EucharistJeepney TV and S+AMay 24 (Jeepney TV)Temporary suspension of telecast due to shutdown of ABS-CBN broadcast stations amid the expired franchise and replaced by Kapamilya Sunday Mass via Jeepney TV on May 10. Continued broadcast via TeleRadyo.
NCIS: Los Angeles (season 9)Movie CentralN/ATemporary suspension of telecast due to shutdown of ABS-CBN broadcast stations amid the expired franchise.
The ScoreS+AMay 5
Team FitfilMay 11 (Liga)
June 13 (Kapamilya Channel)
It’s Showtime sa PrimetimeJeepney TVMay 9July 13Temporary suspension of telecast due to shutdown of ABS-CBN broadcast stations amid the expired franchise and replaced by the encore of “Tawa Way Zone” strip. Program temporary aired as the live regular episode simulcast on June 13 to July 11.
ASAP Natin ‘To: EncoreMay 10June 28 (Metro Channel)Temporary suspension of telecast due to shutdown of ABS-CBN broadcast stations amid the expired franchise and replaced by the encore of “Tawa Way Zone” strip.
Magandang Buhay: Momshies sa HaponMay 29N/ATemporary suspension of telecast due to shutdown of ABS-CBN broadcast stations amid the expired franchise and replaced by the replay of “Tubig at Langis”.
Monk the Little DogYey!June 28Temporary suspension of telecast due to shutdown of ABS-CBN TV Plus and Sky Direct.
PJ MasksMay 8, 2021 (A2Z)
Masha and the Bear
The Fairly Odd ParentsN/A
Super Inggo
Goin’ BulilitOctober 9, 2021 (A2Z)
November 6, 2021 (Kapamilya Channel)
Kid SineNovember 7, 2021 (Jeepney TV; as KidSine Presents)
WansapanataymJuly 18 (Jeepney TV; as Wansapanataym Presents)
AC Weekend CinemaAsianovela ChannelN/ATemporary suspension of telecast due to shutdown of ABS-CBN TV Plus.
Asian Weekday Movie FestJune 30
Story of Yanxi PalaceNovember 2 (Kapamilya Channel)
Kongsuni and FriendsYey!July 1March 13, 2021 (Kapamilya Channel)
November 6, 2021 (Jeepney TV)
Temporary suspension of telecast due to shutdown of ABS-CBN TV Plus and Sky Direct.
Pororo The Little PenguinFebruary 13, 2021 (A2Z; English duubed)
Rusty RivetsN/A
Pop BabiesSeptember 12 (Kapamilya Channel)
SpongeBob SquarePantsN/A
The Loud House
Mr. Bean: The Animated Series
The Adventures of Sonic The HedgehogJanuary 17, 2022 (Jeepney TV)
February 5, 2022 (Kapamilya Channel)
Team Yey!September 12 (Kapamilya Channel; season 5)
October 10 (A2Z; past episodes)
November 6, 2021 (Jeepney TV)
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear CardSeptember 4, 2021 (A2Z)

Cancelled

Unknown (dates)

Video streaming services

Networks

The following are a list of free-to-air and cable channels or networks launches and closures in 2020.

Launches

Stations changing network affiliation

The following is a list of television stations that have made or will make noteworthy affiliation switches in 2020.

DateStationChannelPrior affiliationNew affiliationNotesSource
June 22DZOE-TV11 (analog feed) / 20 (digital feed)silentZOE TVOne year after the termination of the blocktimer agreement between the network and GMA Network, Inc., the parent company of GMA News TV, as well as the move of the said news channel to channel 27 in June 2019, ZOE Broadcasting Network has reactivated the channel 11 analog signal at the same time the digital channel 20 assignment opened. The company has plan to work with blocktimers to open channel lease offers while the channel is on test broadcast and reserved for programming.
October 10ZOE TVA2ZOn October 6, ZOE Broadcasting Network awarded its blocktime programming agreement to media conglomerate ABS-CBN Corporation, parent company of cable-only networks Kapamilya Channel, Jeepney TV and Cine Mo! for its entertainment programming and the company’s affiliated non-profit organization Knowledge Channel for its educational programming and would reformatting channel 11 into A2Z. Christian programming seen on its sister channel Light TV would also shown on the reformatted channel, along with programming supplied by licensors, content providers and ministry programing partners including CBN Asia and Trinity Broadcasting Network. ABS-CBN also handle advertising sales for most of the entertainment shows and movies broadcast on the new network with profits would be donated to support the ministry outreach projects of ZOE’s parent church organization Jesus is Lord Church, and it marked the return of the company’s programming on free TV following the cease-and-desist order by National Telecommunications Commission due to expired legislative franchise on May 5 and the denial of its renewed legislative franchise on July 10.[63][64][65][66]

Rebranded

The following is a list of television stations or cable channels that have made or will make noteworthy network rebrands in 2020.

Closures

DateStationTypeChannelSign-on debutSource
January 1DivaCable and satelliteCignal Channel 125 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable Channel 37 (Metro Manila)
September 19, 2009
E!Cignal Channel 61 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable Channel 57 (SD) / Channel 207 (HD) (Metro Manila)
July 1, 2011
January 29Setanta SportsSky Cable Channel 87 (Metro Manila)July 16, 2012
March 1Paramount ChannelSky Cable Channel 85 (SD) / Channel 263 (HD) (Metro Manila)June 1, 2019[8]
Zee SineG Sat Channel 18 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable Channel 112 (Metro Manila)
Cablelink Channel 45 (Metro Manila)
April 5, 2016
April 1Jack TVCignal Channel 126 (Nationwide)
G Sat Channel 61 (Nationwide)
SatLite Channel 92 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable Channel 51 (Metro Manila) / Channel 617 (Provincial)
Cablelink Channel 36 (Metro Manila)
April 6, 2005[18][104]
July 7Fox FilipinoCignal Channel 44 (Nationwide)
G Sat Channel 108 (Nationwide)
SatLite Channel 34 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable Channel 115 (Metro Manila) / Channel 629 (Provincial)
Cablelink Channel 53 (Metro Manila)
March 1, 2012[37]
September 15FilmBox ArthouseSky Cable Channel 83 (Metro Manila)January 1, 2019[105]
October 30LigaSky Direct Channel 14 (Nationwide)6
Sky Cable Channel 86 (SD) / Channel 183 (HD) (Metro Manila) & Channel 308 (SD) / Channel 757 (HD) (Provincial)
January 1, 2018[72]
November 1O ShoppingBroadcasting channelDTT Channel 2.027
ABS-CBN TV Plus Channel 8 (Metro Manila)7
Cignal Channel 33 (Nationwide)7
Sky Direct Channel 11 (Nationwide)6
Sky Cable Channel 11 (Nationwide) (old) & Channel 25 (Metro Manila) / Channel 21 (Provincial) (new)8
Cablelink Channel 7 (Metro Manila)
October 14, 2013[70]
December 31Inquirer 990 TelevisionChannel 50 (digital feed)
Sky Cable Channel 72 (Metro Manila)
Cablelink Channel 4 (Metro Manila)
May 9, 2016

Stopped broadcasting

The following is a list of stations and channels or networks that have stopped broadcasting or (temporarily) off the air in 2020.

Miscellaneous

StationTypeChannelLast broadcastingResumed broadcastingReasonSource
Solar LearningBroadcasting channelChannel 21 (DepEd ALS) / Channel 30 (DepEd-NCR Central)
Cablelink Channel 6 (SD) / Channel 205 (HD) (Metro Manila)
August 14 (end of first test broadcast)September 21 (start of second test broadcast)Temporary suspension of broadcasting due to the postponement on the opening of regular classes in public schools to October 5.
September 25 (end of second test broadcast)October 5 (formal launch)Temporary suspension of broadcasting due to the conclusion of the second week-long test broadcast.

COVID-19 pandemic

StationTypeChannelLast broadcastingResumed broadcastingReasonSource
Inquirer 990 TelevisionBroadcasting channelChannel 50 (digital feed)
Sky Cable Channel 72 (Metro Manila)
Cablelink Channel 4 (Metro Manila)
March 17April 6Temporary suspension of broadcasting due to the production at technical challenges made by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the operations continue through online.
CNN Philippines (RPN)Broadcasting networkChannel 9 (analog feed) / Channel 19 (digital feed)
Cignal Channel 10 (Nationwide)
Sky Direct Channel 9 (Nationwide)
G Sat Channel 3 (Nationwide)
SatLite Channel 9 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable / Destiny Cable Channel 14 (Metro Manila)
Cablelink Channel 14 (Metro Manila)
March 18March 23Temporary suspension of broadcasting due to the disinfection of the building where the network is being housed as the employee of another company tested positive for COVID-19, but the operations continue through online.[16]
July 7July 11Temporary suspension of broadcasting due to the disinfection of the building where the network is being housed as the employee of the network tested positive for COVID-19, but the operations continue through online.[38]
GMA News TVChannel 27 (analog feed) / Channel 15 (digital feed)
Cignal Channel 11 (Nationwide)
Sky Direct Channel 10 (Nationwide)
G Sat Channel 6 (Nationwide)
SatLite Channel 10 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable / Destiny Cable Channel 24 (Metro Manila)
Cablelink Channel 13 (Metro Manila)
March 19March 21 (simulcast of 24 Oras and DZBB programs only)[17]
April 13 (extended primetime programming slot)
September 21 (regular programming lineup slot)
Temporary suspension of broadcasting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[15][106][107]
BEAM TVChannel 31 (analog feed) / Channel 50 (digital feed)
Sky Direct Channel 54 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable Channel 72 (Metro Manila)
Cablelink Channel 6 (Metro Manila)
March 20May 16
Pop Life TVBroadcasting channelChannel 50 (digital feed)
G Sat Channel 32 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable Channel 119 (Metro Manila)
Cablelink Channel 33 (Metro Manila)
March 21N/A
One SportsBroadcasting networkChannel 41 (analog feed)
Cignal Channel 15 (Nationwide)
Sky Direct Channel 37 (Nationwide)
SatLite Channel 6 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable / Destiny Cable Channel 59 (Metro Manila)
Cablelink Channel 11 (Metro Manila)
March 30June 15
PTVChannel 4 (analog feed) / Channel 42 (digital feed)
Cignal Channel 4 (Nationwide)
G Sat Channel 4 (Nationwide)
SatLite Channel 4 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable / Destiny Cable Channel 6 (Metro Manila)
Cablelink Channel 9 (Metro Manila)
July 19July 20Temporary suspension of broadcasting due to the disinfection of the building where the network is being housed as the employee of the network tested positive for COVID-19, but the operations continue through online.[39]

ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy

StationTypeChannelLast broadcastingResumed broadcastingReasonSource
ABS-CBN (HD)Broadcasting networkChannel 2 (analog feed) / Channel 16/43 (digital feed)
Cignal Channel 2 (Nationwide)
Sky Direct Channel 2 (HD) (Nationwide)
G Sat Channel 2 (Nationwide)
SatLite Channel 2 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable Channel 8 (SD) / Channel 167 (HD) (Metro Manila) & Channel 2 (SD) / Channel 700 (HD) (Provincial)
Destiny Cable Channel 8 (SD) / Channel 167 (HD) (Metro Manila)
Cablelink Channel 8 (Metro Manila)
May 5N/AThe National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order on ABS-CBN Corporation to temporary close its broadcasting operations including its radio stations DZMM and MOR, following the expiration of its broadcast franchise (Republic Act No. 7966, which was granted on March 30, 1995) on May 4, the day before.
Absorbed as a new media network under ABS-CBN Digital Media.
All current and upcoming programs were transferred to the following networks (as ad interim replacement network): Kapamilya Channel beginning on June 13 (with the exception of selected current and upcoming programming due to its cancellation and moved or transferred to another network, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy) and A2Z beginning on October 10 (as part of blocktime deal with ZOE; selected shows only).
[108][109][110][111]
S+AChannel 23 (analog feed)
Cignal Channel 23 (Nationwide)
Sky Direct Channel 24 (HD) (Nationwide)
G Sat Channel 8 (Nationwide)
SatLite Channel 23 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable Channel 17 (SD) / Channel 166 (HD) (Metro Manila) & Channel 8 (SD) / Channel 701 (HD) (Provincial)
Destiny Cable Channel 17 (SD) / Channel 166 (HD) (Metro Manila)
Cablelink Channel 16 (Metro Manila)
The National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order on ABS-CBN Corporation to temporary close its broadcasting operations including its radio stations DZMM and MOR, following the expiration of its broadcast franchise (Republic Act No. 7966, which was granted on March 30, 1995) on May 4, the day before.
Some programs were aired on Liga (as ad interim replacement network, a cable sports channel owned by Creative Programs, Inc., through its content provider, ABS-CBN Sports) beginning on the following day until October 30.
DZMM TeleRadyoBroadcasting channelDTT Channel 1.05
ABS-CBN TV Plus Channel 5 (Metro Manila)
Sky Direct Channel 6 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable Channel 26 (Metro Manila) / Channel 501 (Provincial)
Destiny Cable Channel 26 (Metro Manila)
May 8 (as TeleRadyo)The National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order on ABS-CBN Corporation to temporary close its broadcasting operations including its radio stations DZMM and MOR, following the expiration of its broadcast franchise (Republic Act No. 7966, which was granted on March 30, 1995) on May 4, the day before.
Renamed as TeleRadyo immediately before went to temporary off the air until May 8.
Movie CentralFree-to-airDTT Channel 2.04
ABS-CBN TV Plus Channel 10 (Metro Manila)
June 14 (as a programming block via Kapamilya Channel)The National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order on ABS-CBN Corporation to temporary close its broadcasting operations including its radio stations DZMM and MOR, following the expiration of its broadcast franchise (Republic Act No. 7966, which was granted on March 30, 1995) on May 4, the day before.
Absorbed as a programming block during overnight hours via Movie Central Presents through Kapamilya Channel beginning on June 14.
Asianovela ChannelDTT Channel 2.03
ABS-CBN TV Plus Channel 9 (Metro Manila)
June 1The National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order on ABS-CBN Corporation to temporary close its broadcasting operations including its radio stations DZMM and MOR, following the expiration of its broadcast franchise (Republic Act No. 7966, which was granted on March 30, 1995) on May 4, the day before.
The digital channel feed was being reassigned as a temporary replacement of S+A beginning on June 1.
DTT Channel 1.02
ABS-CBN TV Plus Channel 2 (Metro Manila)
July 1N/AThe National Telecommunications Commission issued an alias cease and desist order on ABS-CBN TV Plus and Sky Direct to temporary close its broadcasting operations following the expiration of its broadcast franchise (Republic Act No. 7966 and 7969, which both granted on March 30, 1995) on May 4.
Some programs were transferred to Kapamilya Channel beginning on June 13 (as part of The First and True Home of Asianovelas block).
[36]
KBOPay-per-viewDTT Channel 1.06
ABS-CBN TV Plus Channel 6 (Metro Manila)
Sky Direct Channel 45 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable Channel 158 (SD) / Channel 258 (HD) (Metro Manila) & Channel 58 (SD) / Channel 958 (HD) (Provincial)
The National Telecommunications Commission issued an alias cease and desist order on ABS-CBN TV Plus and Sky Direct to temporary close its broadcasting operations following the expiration of its broadcast franchise (Republic Act No. 7966 and 7969, which both granted on March 30, 1995) on May 4.
Its programming was temporarily absorbed to Sky Cable‘s pay-per-view channel through Channel 156 (SD) / Channel 256 (HD) (Metro Manila) & Channel 56 (SD) / Channel 956 (HD) (Provincial).[112]
Yey!Broadcasting channelDTT Channel 1.04
ABS-CBN TV Plus Channel 4 (Metro Manila)
Sky Direct Channel 3 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable Channel 1 (Metro Manila) / Channel 109 (Provincial)
Destiny Cable Channel 1 (Metro Manila)
November 6, 2021 (as a programming block via Jeepney TV and Kapamilya Channel)[113]The National Telecommunications Commission issued an alias cease and desist order on ABS-CBN TV Plus and Sky Direct to temporary close its broadcasting operations following the expiration of its broadcast franchise (Republic Act No. 7966 and 7969, which both granted on March 30, 1995) on May 4.
Absorbed as a digital web portal under ABS-CBN Digital Media.
Some programs were transferred to Kapamilya Channel beginning on September 12 (upon the launch of Just Love Kids block).
Absorbed as a programming block via YeY Weekdays and YeY Weekend through Jeepney TV and Kapamilya Channel beginning on November 6, 2021.

Cancelled

The following is a list of television stations or cable channels that have the network cancellation in 2020.

Planned rebrand

Original datePrior rebrandPlanned rebrandTypeChannelReasonSource
April 13 (1st; suspended)
July 20 (2nd; cancelled)
TV5/5One TVBroadcasting networkChannel 5 (analog feed) / Channel 18/51 (digital feed)
Cignal Channel 5 (Nationwide)
Sky Direct Channel 5 (Nationwide)
G Sat Channel 5 (Nationwide)
SatLite Channel 5 (Nationwide)
Sky Cable / Destiny Cable Channel 10 (Metro Manila)
Cablelink Channel 10 (Metro Manila)
Intended to be the sixth MediaQuest channel launched under the “One” branding (presently known as the “One Network Media Group”).
Temporary suspension of rebranding due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of the community quarantines in the Philippines. In June 2020, it was announced that the rebrand would be pushed through on July 20.
On July 4, it was officially cancelled due to the adverse reactions from the netizens and the opinions of the network’s loyal viewers and fans to the upcoming rebrand with its promotions through its digital and online platforms have been removed.
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  1. ^1 : via Cignal TV providers since October 21
  2. ^2 : via G Sat until and since July (both old and new)
  3. ^3 : via Sky Cable since December 14[115]
  4. ^4 : via GMA Affordabox since December 12
  5. ^5 : via DTT since November 12[75]
  6. ^6 : On June 30, Sky Direct suspend its operations due to the ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy
  7. ^7 : On May 5, O Shopping ceased its broadcast due to the ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy
  8. ^8 : via Sky Cable until October 7 (old); October 8−31 (new)

Services

The following are a list of television operators or providers and streaming media platforms or services launches and closures in 2020.

Launches

DateProviderTypeStreamSource
May 15GagaOOLalaOTT platformN/A[25]
June 26GMA AffordaboxDTT set-top box[32]
June 27KTXOTT platform[33]
August 1Kapamilya Online LiveMulticastingFacebook (ABS-CBN)
YouTube (ABS-CBN Entertainment)
[42]
September 1Sibya TVFacebook (Sibya TV)
September 11Just Love KidsWebsite (ABS-CBN Entertainment)[57]
September 26Smart GigafestOTT platformWebsite (Smart Communications)
SeptemberFilipinas: Malayang BalitaMulticastingFacebook (Filipinas: Malayang Balita)
YouTube (Filipinas: Malayang Balita)
Regional News Group (RNG)Facebook (Various)
YouTube (Various)
October 22Premier Sports AsiaOTT platformN/A
OctoberAlpha News PhilippinesMulticastingFacebook (Alpha News Philippines)
YouTube (Alpha News Philippines)
November 14Upstream PHOTT platformN/A[116]
December 15VivaMax[79]

Rebranded

The following is a list of streaming providers that have made or will make noteworthy service rebrands in 2020.

DateRebranded fromRebranded toTypeStreamSource
August 12Star Music KidsTuTuBeeMulticastingYouTube (TuTuBee)[44]
September 1iWantiWantTFCOTT platformN/A[53]
Sky On Demand
TFC Online
OctoberiflixWeTV iflix
WeTV

Closures

DateProviderTypeStreamSign-on debutSource
April 1DisneyLifeOTT platformN/AMay 25, 2018[20]
Fox+March 7, 2017[21]
April 30HOOQFebruary 5, 2015[23]

Stopped operating

The following is a list of providers and platforms or services that have stopped operating or streaming in 2020.

Miscellaneous

ProviderTypeStreamLast operatingResumed operatingReasonSource
TAP GoOTT platformN/ANovember 23April 27, 2021 (initial)
July 5, 2021 (official)
Temporary suspension of operations due to their system maintenance.

ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy

ProviderTypeStreamLast operatingResumed operatingReasonSource
ABS-CBN TV PlusDTT set-up boxN/AJune 30September 2021 (renamed as ABS-CBN TV Plus Digital TV Receiver for repackaging of unsold units as a regular DTT set-up box)The National Telecommunications Commission issued an alias cease and desist order on ABS-CBN TV Plus to temporary close its broadcasting operations following the expiration of its broadcast franchise (Republic Act No. 7966, which was granted on March 30, 1995) on May 4. Both services continued to operate on other digital free-to-air networks.[36]
ABS-CBN TV Plus GoDTT mobile dongleN/A
Sky DirectDirect broadcast satellite television providerThe National Telecommunications Commission issued an alias cease and desist order on Sky Direct to temporary close its broadcasting operations following the expiration of its broadcast franchise (Republic Act No. 7969, which was granted on March 30, 1995) on May 4.

Deaths

January
March
April
May
June
July
August
October
  • October 10 – Rev. Fr. Sonny Ramirez, OP, (b. 1945), spiritual adviser and former host of Sharing in the City.[131]
  • October 24 – Al Quinn, (b. 1933), veteran TV director.[132]
November

See also

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