Quezon City, Philippines (September 23, 2016) – UNTV News and Rescue is now using local Philippine dialects and foreign languages in news reporting.

UNTV’s new concept was soft-launched on September 12, 2016. A week before the launching, UNTV aired a teaser regarding another innovation in the way the public service channel will deliver the news. Watch the network’s short teaser about “iba’t-ibang wika sa pagbabalita” (different languages in news reporting) below:

Currently, pre-recorded news reports coming from UNTV news bureaus in different provinces were delivered using local dialects, while international correspondents are using the language or vernacular in their respective locations. It is being aired on UNTV’s daily newscasts Hataw Balita on Good Morning Kuya in the morning, C-News on noontime and Ito ang Balita on primetime. The network’s evening newscast Why News retained its English format.

To assist the televiewers, the news report is translated to Filipino or English, using subtitles or “open captions” appearing at the bottom part of the television screen. Meanwhile, captioning and subtitling does not include live reports and live interviews. Watch portions of the September 23, 2016 episode of Ito Ang Balita below:

Ito Ang Balita (Provincial News)

Ito Ang Balita (World News)

UNTV is yet to announce whether this media innovation is to comply with the newly-enacted law in the Philippines, the Republic Act (RA) No. 10905 or the “Closed Caption Broadcasting of Television Programs Act.”

Related article: RA 10905: Closed caption broadcasting of television programs is now a law

The law mandates television networks to use “closed-captions” in their broadcasts primarily for the benefit of the hearing-impaired audience. The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) are yet to issue the implementing rules and regulations required by the new law.

UNTV News and Rescue is operated by Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) led by its chairman and CEO, veteran broadcaster Kuya Daniel Razon. [techthetruth]

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