DWDB-TV

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DWDB-TV
(GTV 27 Manila)
Metro Manila
CityQuezon City
ChannelsAnalog: 27 (UHF)
Digital: DZBB-TV 15 (UHF; ISDB-T) (test broadcast)
Virtual: 7.02 (LCN)
BrandingGTV-27 Manila
SloganKeeping It GOOD
Programming
AffiliationsGTV
Ownership
OwnerGMA Network Inc.
(Citynet Network Marketing and Productions, Inc.)
History
First air date
  • August 25, 1995; 25 years ago (1995-08-25) (as Citynet 27)
  • June 4, 2019; 20 months ago (2019-06-04) (as GMA News TV/GTV)
Former call signs
DZOE-TV (2005–2019)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 11 (VHF, 2005–2019)

  • Digital:
  • 27 (UHF, 2013–2019)
Call sign meaning
DW
Double B (the written spelling of BB, the callsign for DZBB-TV and DZBB-AM)
Technical information
Licensing authority
NTC
ERP30kW TPO (120 kW ERP)
Transmitter coordinates14°40′12″N 121°3′0″E / 14.67000°N 121.05000°E / 14.67000; 121.05000
Links
WebsiteGTV
Citynet Network Marketing and Productions
Subsidiary
IndustryMass media
FoundedAugust 25, 1995; 25 years ago (1995-08-25)
FounderMenardo Jimenez
Headquarters
GMA Network Center, EDSA cor. Timog Ave., Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
,
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
ProductsGTV
Formerly:
GMA News TV
QTV
Channel [V] Philippines
Entertainment Music Channel
Citynet Television
ServicesTelevision production and distribution; design, construction and maintenance of sets for TV, stage plays and concerts; transportation and manpower services
ParentGMA Network Inc.
SubsidiariesScript2010, Inc.
Websitegmanetwork.com

DWDB-TV, Channel 27 is the flagship UHF station of the Philippine television network GTV, wholly owned by Citynet Network Marketing and Productions, a subsidiary of GMA Network Inc. Its studios are located at the GMA Network Center, EDSA corner Timog Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, while its transmitter station is located at the GMA Tower of Power, Tandang Sora Avenue, Barangay Culiat, Quezon City. It is the first UHF station operated by a major network in the Philippines. It operates from Mondays thru Fridays, 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 5:30 a.m. to 12:00 midnight on Analog and Digital TV only and operates 24 hors daily on cable and satellite TV only.

History[change | change source]

Citynet Television (1995–1999)[change | change source]

File:Citynet27.jpg
Citynet Television logo from 1995 until 1999.

DWDB-TV signed on for the first time on August 27, 1995, under the on-air brand Citynet Television 27 (or just Citynet 27). The station was programmed like an independent stationTemplate:EmdashGMA intended Citynet 27 to be its main outlet for imported programming (particularly from the United States), freeing up slots in GMA Network's schedule for more domestic productions.[1] Aside from an English dub of the Hispanic telenovela Ka Ina, the only locally produced program on the station was Citynet Television News, a flagship TV news show produced by GMA News and Public Affairs.

EMC 27 / Channel [V] Philippines (1999–2001)[change | change source]

However, by 1999, the costs of operating the station in this format were becoming too high for GMA as well as the intense competition from Studio 23 (later renamed as ABS-CBN Sports and Action in 2014), a UHF television network owned by AMCARA Broadcasting Network and operated by ABS-CBN Corporation. As a result, DWDB was turned into a music channel under the interim branding EMC, the Entertainment Music ChannelTemplate:Emdashwhich was also the country's first locally operated music channel. A few months later, GMA reached a deal with Asian broadcaster STAR TV to allow DWDB to be a carrier of Channel V Philippines, which took effect December 19, 1999. GMA had already aired selected Channel V programming from its international version (which made the former VJ's and Filipino descented Trey Farley and Joey Mead familiar to viewers of DWDB). This arrangement did not last longTemplate:Emdasha stake in GMA was recently purchased by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, who already owned MTV Philippines through the Nation Broadcasting Corporation and its parent company MediaQuest Holdings. This conflict of interest, along with the increasing competition from the MTV affiliated network, led to the channel signing-off on July 25, 2001.[2]

Abandoned plans, silent years, and as the carrier of GMA and QTV[change | change source]

After PLDT's acquisition stake of GMA and its inactivity, they already have bared plans to somehow relaunch this channel into a news channel. However, it didn't proceed as GMA had another plans for the station in the near future.[3]

Programming would return to DWDB in 2004 as the relay of GMA-7 Manila with the logo of GMA was covered by the logo of Citynet. In November 2005, the station later became a repeater of DZOE 11Template:Emdashwhich served as the flagship for GMA's newly-secondary national network QTV (or Quality Television, later renamed to just Q). GMA had reached an agreement with its owner, religious broadcaster ZOE Broadcasting Network, to allow GMA to handle programming for the station, in exchange for providing upgraded facilities for the broadcaster and airing ZOE-produced programming in QTV's lineup. DWDB's UHF signal had the advantage of easier to receive in the southern areas of Metro Manila, especially in the metropolitan cities of Makati and Pasay.

This practice was discontinued in 2007, as DWDB's channel number was vacated for use in trials of digital television.

Digital broadcast[change | change source]

In February 2013, GMA started its digital test broadcasts, simulcasting both GMA-7 and GMA News TV-11 using the Japanese ISDB-T digital TV platform using the channel's frequency.

On May 15, 2019, GMA Network's digital test broadcasts used the same frequency as its digital feed, and it also started its initial digital test broadcast on UHF Channel 15 (479.143 MHz),[4] which served as the main digital feed of GMA Network when this frequency reverted to analog broadcast, and continued its service for the remainder of the analog feed.[5]

Reversion to analog broadcast; GMA News TV (2019–2021)[change | change source]

On April 24, 2019, ZOE Broadcasting Network and GMA/Citynet announced that their blocktime agreement would expire by the end of May 2019. This ended their day partnership and in turn, their blocktime lease on VHF Channel 11 after 14 years. ZOE Broadcasting Network was reported to simulcast Light TV 33 upon termination of the agreement, but ZOE had no official statement yet on its future plans, however the network became active again on June 22, 2020 after making a deal with new blocktime partner and erstwhile rival network ABS-CBN to open A2Z Channel 11. As a result, Channel 27 digital broadcast was planned to switch off on May 27, 2019, as the station was supposedly conducting its test broadcast on the said date. The channel in turn, was to be re-utilized to broadcast GMA News TV in analog by June 3, 2019 after 18 years of inactivity.

However, GMA Network had to allot time for the digital television viewers to re-scan their digital boxes in order to continue watching their channels in a different frequency assignment. As a result of this, GMA Network decided to move their official relaunch date from June 3 to 4. The station successfully signed on for the first time upon its return to analog television at 6:00 a.m. PHT, after conducting test broadcasts during off-air hours of digital signal for the past days after its announcement of this move, and it now served as the originating station of GMA News TV in Manila. It also acts as the main feed station nationwide with its regional counterparts (like in Cebu and Davao).[6] On the other hand, after the transition, the former channel conducted its last broadcast until it lowered its signal, and officially signing off on June 5, 2019.

GTV (2021-present)[change | change source]

After 20 months since its separation with ZOE TV Channel 11 (its originating channel assignment since 2011) and after nearly 10 years on the air, GMA News TV was officially relaunched as GTV as a news, entertainment, and sports channel, similar to the format of Citynet Television and Q.

The newly branded station, signed-on for the first time on February 22, 2021, however they still used the old GMA News TV sign-on notice on its first day on the air despite the former was officially been dissolved, as they are still on the works to change its new sign-on notice completely.

Digital television[change | change source]

Digital channels[change | change source]

DWDB-TV's feed is broadcast on DZBB-TV digital subchannel operates on UHF channel 15 (479.143 MHz) and broadcasts on the following subchannels:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming Note
7.01 480i 4:3 GMA GMA (Main DZBB-TV programming) Commercial broadcast (10 kW)
7.02 GTV GTV (DWDB-TV programming)
7.03 HEART OF ASIA Heart of Asia
7.04 HALLYPOP Hallypop
7.05 (UNNAMED)
Test feed
Black screen
7.06
7.07 DEPED TV DepEd TV
7.31 240p GMA1SEG GMA 1seg broadcast

According to a December 2017 press release, the station's upgraded signal transmission covered the areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan and parts of Pampanga, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, and Batangas.

On April 24, 2019, GMA/Citynet announced that it would terminate its blocktime agreement with ZOE Broadcasting Network by the end of May 2019. The split comes after the release of GMA's 2018 financial report which declared the increasing lease payments that the network contributes to ZOE for the past three years (from Template:Philippine peso in 2016 to almost a billion pesos in 2018). Third-party sources reported that Channel 11 would simulcast ZOE's sister station DZOZ-DTV channel 33 after the termination of the agreement, but ZOE had no official statement yet on its future plans. GNTV Manila's intellectual unit (master control, sales, and employees), on the other hand, was successfully transferred to DWDB-TV on June 4, 2019 for the remainder of the analog broadcast run.

On May 15, 2019, GMA Network began to transmit its digital test broadcast on UHF Channel 15 (479.143 MHz) as its permanent frequency assigned by National Telecommunications Commission.

Careless Girl[change | change source]

  • Marga Vargas (since 2011) - GTV President
  • Nadine Lustre (since 2016) - GTV Chief (also on GMA News TV International Vice President)
  • Danielle Mortel (2019-2020; since 2020) - GTV Vice President (also on GMA Life TV Vice President)

Former Careless Girl[change | change source]

  • Patti Grandidge-Herrera (2011-2015) - Former GMA News TV Vice President (focussed on GMA News TV International President)
  • Mari Jasmine (2011-2015) - Former GMA News TV Chief (focussed on GMA Pinoy TV Chief)

References[change | change source]

  1. "About GMA Network - History". GMANetwork.com. Archived from the original on October 28, 2008.
  2. "Channel V's Philippines deal off". bNet Business Network. July 2001. Archived from the original on March 5, 2009.
  3. "PLDT Completes Due diligence to GMA". PhilStar.com. June 14, 2001.
  4. Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas (May 15, 2019). "GMA Network Starts Digital TV Transmission using permanent frequency". GMA Network.com. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  5. JM Meligrito (April 28, 2019). "ZOE Broadcasting to end blocktime agreement with GMA Network". dtvpilipinas.org. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  6. "Dobol B Sa News TV will begin airing on Channel 27 starting June 3". GMANetwork.com. April 29, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019.

Other website[change | change source]