Radio Philippines Network

Radio Philippines Network
Radio Philippines Network
Type Broadcast radio and television network
Country Philippines
Founded by Roberto Benedicto
Slogan Young and Loving It!
Owner Solar Entertainment Corporation (34%)
Far East Managers and Investors Inc. (22%)
Private stock (14%)
Key people Wilson Tieng, Chairman
Antonio Albano, President and CEO
Atty. Jess Anthony Yu, General Manager
Launch date June 29, 1960
Former names Kanlaon Broadcasting System (1960-1975)
C/S9 (2008-2009)
Official website
Language English (main)

Radio Philippines Network, Inc. (RPN) is a broadcast television network in the Philippines co-owned by the Government Communications Group, Solar Entertainment Corporation, Far East Managers and Investors Inc., and private sectors. This station studios are located at Broadcast City, Old Balara, Capitol Hills, Diliman, Quezon City, with transmitters at Panay Avenue, Quezon City. Founded by the late Roberto Benedicto, the TV network is the sister network of Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation or IBC.



As the Kanlaon Broadcasting System

RPN was launched and granting the first broadcasting franchise on June 29, 1960 as the Kanlaon Broadcasting System (KBS). Kanlaon is a volcano on the Philippine island of Negros, the home of Benedicto. Once granted, KBS first became a radio network with its first radio station in Manila, DZBI. In 1967, KBS had grown into a full network, with seven radio stations all over the country, In 1969, KBS turned to television as KBS Television was launched with KBS-9 Manila and KBS-12 Baguio as its first stations. Help and funding for the new TV network partly came from ABS-CBN in the form of its old headquarters along Roxas Boulevard and equipment enabling them to broadcast in color. As a result, on its launch it was named Accucolor 9 ("Accucolor" is the name of the color technology used) as the first Philippine television network to launch in full color.

As the Radio Philippines Network

In 1975, KBS re-launched as RPN the Radio Philippines Network. It aired special coverages of the Olympics, Thrilla in Manila (in 1975) and the Miss Universe; and Programs such as John En Marsha, Flordeluna, Superstar. The network broadcasted a daytime variety show entitled Eat Bulaga! (premiering in 1979), and a nightly newscast titled NewsWatch, alongside anime programming (making them one of the first to do so in the country) and imports from the United States. RPN-9 is the first network to cover the Philippine Basketball Association games live. In 1980, RPN-9 began to broadcast primetime programs and Eat Bulaga! (when it was still with the network) through its new domestic satellite (DOMSAT) technology in which the 1980's logo resembles a satellite antenna.

Government sequestration and New Vision 9

After the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, the stock and assets of RPN, IBC and Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation's BBC-2 were sequestered by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG). President Corazon Aquino awarded BBC, through an executive order, to ABS-CBN, and RPN's and IBC's assets were turned over to the Government Communications Group. This was a period when the network lost much of its viewership to ABS-CBN and GMA Radio-Television Arts. By 1989, some of RPN's programming such as John en Marsha, Student Canteen, and Superstar were canceled, and TAPE's daytime programs Eat Bulaga!, Agila. and Coney Reyes on Camera moved to ABS-CBN under a co-production agreement. In 1989, the network relaunched as "New Vision 9", but later fell into a ratings slump due the resurgence of ABS-CBN and the recent re-launch of GMA Radio-Television Arts as GMA Network. In 1996, though, the network quickly re-gained its footing when it began to broadcast a Tagalog dub of the Mexican telenovela Marimar, which quickly became a popular program for the network, and setting the trend for a few years.

Partnership with Solar

C/S9 logo used from October 4, 2008 to November 28, 2009.

On March 11, 2007, RPN began a partnership with the Solar Entertainment Corporation, an operator of a number of cable channels in the country. The company began co-producing new programming for the network, such as a local version of America's Next Top Model. The network underwent management changes on December 24, 2007, as Tonypet Albano (undersecretary and executive director of Malacañang's Office of Political Coalition Affairs and Deputy Spokesperson of TEAM Unity) was appointed chairman of the network (replacing Education Undersecretary Mona Valisno, incumbent Presidential Assistant for Education). Undersecretary Robert Rivera was appointed director of the board, while the president and chief executive officer became former senator Orlando Mercado.[1]

Mercado's first major move was to expand their partnerships with Solar Entertainment. Programming from Solar's cable network C/S was added to RPN's lineup at the beginning of the new year, and PBA basketball would also return to the network beginning in the 2008-09 season, as part of a three year contract with Solar Sports after an intense bidding war with ABS-CBN.[2][3]

In October 2008, RPN's stations ultimately took on the C/S name as part of their permanent branding, and rebranded itself as C/S 9. The C/S 9 name would not last, on November 29, 2009, the network re-branded again under the new name Solar TV, after retiring the name for 4 years.

Impending closure and privatization

There were many plans that the Philippine government can offer to sell and privatize RPN and its sister station IBC.[4] It was confirmed that Solar Entertainment now owns majority shares (34%) of RPN together with Roberto's daughter Kitchie (who currently runs her own production outfit Cinemakulay and was actively involved in RPN during the Marcos years).[5]

RPN 9 management announced that the network will sign-off on February 25. On March 2, Solar TV was replace by ETC. [6]

Employees of RPN continue to file a "Notice of Strike" protest against the closure which suffers unemployment and mismanagement. [7][8][9] Last February 25, Solar TV signed off the air to give way for the first broadcast of ETC-9.

In spite of changing the programming format, the government retained many employees of RPN even after privatization according to Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) secretary Herminio Coloma. The Supreme Court decided to award a portion of the network to Far East Managers and Investors Inc. (FEMI), an organization company affiliated with the late Ambassador Roberto Benedicto. This makes the Aquino administration wanted to privatize both RPN and IBC to private sectors and retain the People's Television Network (PTV) as a sole-mandated government TV network.[10][11]

It has been announced that conglomerate San Miguel Corporation will join the government-sponsored bidding for the privatization of RPN and IBC.[12][13]


ETC Programs


Branding Slogan Years Active
KBS Accucolor 9 1969–1971
KBS The Color Network 1971-1975
RPN Top Rater RPN 1975-1976
RPN The Solid One 1976-1977
RPN Still The One 1977–1979
RPN Still The One in '79 1979-1980
RPN The Leader 1980–1989
New Vision 9 The Future 1989–September 30, 1994
RPN The Network October 1, 1994–1995
RPN Your Friendly Network 1995–1997
RPN Leading The Way 1997–1998
RPN Quality Primetime Television 1998–December 31, 1999
RPN Family TV! January 1,2000–2001
RPN Your Kind of TV! 2001–2002
RPN World Class Primetime 2002–2003
RPN Moving Ahead 2003–March 10,2007
RPN Prime Shift 2004–March 10, 2007
RPN Kasama Mo! Simple Ang Ligaya, Masarap Kasama! (Your Companion! Simple Fun, Comfortable to Enjoy!) March 11-July 15, 2007
RPN Pare! July 16-December 31, 2007
C/S on RPN C/S First. C/S Free. January 1-October 3, 2008
C/S 9 Right Here, Right Now October 4, 2008-November 28, 2009
Solar TV on RPN It's A Bright New World November 29, 2009–October 30, 2010
RPN RPN 50 Years (1960–2010) June-December 2010
Solar TV on RPN Kung Saan Lahat Panalo! (Where Everyone's a Winner!) October 31, 2010–February 25, 2011
ETC on RPN Entertainment on every side, style in every angle. March 2, 2011-May 29, 2011
ETC on RPN Young and Loving It May 30, 2011-present

List of RPN stations and affiliates

See also


  1. ^ ABS-CBN Interactive, Tonypet Albano is new RPN-9 chief
  2. ^ "SOLAR SPORTS BAGS 3-YEAR PBA TV DEAL". PBA official website. 2008-05-27. Archived from the original on 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  3. ^ Macamay, Zean (2008-05-28). "Solar gets it". People's Journal. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  4. ^ PCGG urges gov’t to fast-track sale of RPN-9, IBC-13 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  5. ^ RPN 9 a done deal? 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
  6. ^ ETC on RPN-9 starting March 2 retrieved via 02-25-2011
  7. ^ Malacanang sets dialogue with RPN-9 union 2011-02-20. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  8. ^ RPN 9 workers file notice of strike 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  9. ^ RPN 9 two labor unions file notice of strike, seek Noy’s intervention The Daily Tribiune 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
  10. ^ Coloma: Privatization of RPN 9, IBC 13 in the works GMANews.TV. 03-01-2011. Retrieved 03-01-2011.
  11. ^ Aquino government set to privatize RPN-9, IBC-13 Manila Bulletin. 03-01-2011. Retrieved 03-01-2011.
  12. ^ San Miguel to join bidding for RPN-9, IBC-13 03-06-2011. Retrieved 03-06-2011.
  13. ^ San Miguel Corp. announces plan to bid for RPN-9 and IBC-13 03-06-2011. Retrieved 03-06-2011.

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