ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs chief Ging Reyes explained their move to partner with a Chinese language newscast owned and produced by a Filipino-Chinese company.
Reyes said the airing of Chinese News TV (later renamed Chinatown News TV) on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) “should not be equated with the intrusions in the West Philippine Sea” and cautioned against racial discrimination.
“I understand the concerns on Chinese incursions in the West Philippines Sea & many other issues related to the country’s relations with China. ABS-CBN News has vigorously covered these issues, in our pursuit of truth and public enlightenment,” Reyes said on Twitter.
“But we resist discrimination against any race or ethnicity…. Chinatown News is produced by fellow Filipinos who belong to the Filipino-Chinese community. They are part of Philippine society. Rather than belittle their attempt to provide a service to their local community, it’s time we considered embracing the diversity of this land we all call home,” she added.
She also assured the public that ANC has editorial control over their content.
CNTV, launched in 2017, began airing on the cable news channel on Monday, April 12. According to its website, “CNTV is the first news program that regularly reports Philippine headlines in Mandarin Chinese.” It also uses English and Filipino as supporting languages.
CNTV is produced by Horizon of the Sun Communications, Incorporated, the same team behind Chinatown TV, which produced the controversial Iisang Dagat (One Sea) video – a song in Mandarin and Filipino that touted the two countries’ partnership as “friendly neighbors across the sea” during the coronavirus pandemic.
CNTV and ANC also later changed all mention of “Chinese News TV” in their platforms to “Chinatown News TV.” However, CNTV’s website still reflected its original name in its URL.