Solar News Channel officially went nationwide on free TV last 1 December on RPN channels aired by the Radio Philippines Network.
Previously a cable news channel, Solar News can now be viewed on RPN 12 in Baguio, RPN 9 in Metro Manila, RPN 9 in Cebu, RPN 8 in Bacolod, RPN 9 in Davao and RPN 5 in Zamboanga.
Solar News Channel said that all current affairs shows will become one-hour long, from their 30 minutes, to give way to more in-depth discussions. In addition, Solar News will be in Cebuano and Tagalog, with plans to later offer newscasts in other Philippine languages to reach more audiences in the island nation.
It also has locally-produced lifestyle programs such as What I See and Something to Chew On in addition to broadcasting international programs like The Talk, Undercover Boss, 60 minutes, NBC Nightly News and Inside Edition , among others.
“Now non-cabled and cabled audiences alike will be able to watch the kind of straightforward, no-frills journalism and ‘news you can use’ that Solar News delivers,” Solar News said in a statement.
Solar News Channel is owned by Radio Philippines Network and Solar Entertainment Corp.’s television unit, Solar Television Network Inc., in a 50-50 sharing deal.
Solar Entertainment is currently led by Bates CHI & Partners’ Maria Theresa “Mitos” Borromeo as chief operating officer. Group M’s Manuel “Meckoy” Quiogue was supposed to be its chief commercial officer but was unable to hold the post following his untimely death last May, just days after his and Borromeo’s appointments were made public.