MANILA, Philippines [UPDATED] – Veteran news anchor Angelo Castro Jr died of cancer on Thursday, April 5, according to ABS-CBN News.
Castro anchored The World Tonight ABS-CBN’s erstwhile flagship newscast which moved to ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, in 1999.
A former radio talent, Castro started anchoring the newscast in September 1986, simultaneous with the reopening of ABS-CBN after government takeover during the Martial Law years. His co-anchors were Larry Ng and now Senator Loren Legarda.
He was named News Director in 1986 and played a major role in reformatting the station’s early evening news program into a tabloid newscast in 1987. He became Senior Vice President of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs in 2000 until 2001. He was also the host of travel show Las Islas Filipinas on ANC.
Castro was a multi-awarded news anchor. Among his awards was the Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year award from the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP).
He took a break from The World Tonight for 2 years until his return in 2011.
His health, however, continued to deteriorate, forcing him to leave the show again, according to ABS-CBN.
His wife, June Keithley Castro, guested on ANC’s Talkback with Tina Monzon-Palma last week, where she revealed how both of them were fighting cancer. Keithly was diagnosed with cancer of the breast in 2009.
Castro left behind 3 children, Diego, Gabriela and Angelica.
In a statement Ging Reyes, head of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs and ANC managing director, said it was Castro who “created” TV Patrol, having been the newscast’s first producer and director when it launched in 1987. “He was both manager and mentor to many of us in ABS-CBN.”
“He was our leader in the pioneering years of ABS-CBN,” Reyes said.”Even after he fell ill, Angelo never lost his sense of humor, nor his passion for broadcast journalism – giving critiques, calling attention to a missing detail or the occasional bad lighting.”
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda also issued this statement: “We mourn the passing of Angelo Castro Jr. For many years, he was a calm and reassuring presence in the late evening news. His passing marks the closing of an era of gentlemanly broadcasting, where erudition and dignity were the hallmarks of news and current affairs.” – Rappler.com