ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs chief Regina "Ging" Reyes said the Filipino audience are "overentertained and underinformed."
Reyes, one of the panelists at the virtual forum Reality Check: State of Journalism in the Philippines, said this on Friday, October 23, when asked what journalists could do to promote critical thinking and media literacy.
Reyes cited the media and the country's poor educational system as parts of the problem.
"Media fed our audience too much entertainment. We're guilty of that. This may not be a popular observation to some of my colleagues, I do believe our audience is overentertained, underinformed. And that is the thing we need to change," Reyes said.
ABS-CBN, the country's largest broadcaster, is also the biggest producer of entertainment content for many platforms.
With the program airing only on cable and streaming online now, Reyes said TV Patrol's ad revenue dipped from P15 million daily to almost P1 million a day.
"We still operate news channels but we've had to compress our programming. We used to be 24/7, now we sign off at 10 pm, as part of cost-cutting," she added.
Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email firstname.lastname@example.org