TV5, through its chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, expressed their commitment to give the noontime slot to TVJ and is open to considering alternative time slots for It’s Showtime. The final decision rests with ABS-CBN, as MediaQuest is willing to accommodate their scheduling preferences.
Pangilinan said, “We’re open to their schedule and we are coordinating with ABS-CBN. I believe that TV5 has committed to TVJ for the noontime slot, so either they or Showtime unless ABS-CBN is willing to move to another time . slot, which we are willing to offer them. However, the decision is ultimately up to ABS-CBN.”
This development follows the groundbreaking agreement between TVJ and MediaQuest, where they joined forces to bring Eat Bulaga, the longest running noontime show in the country, to TV5. The departure of Eat Bulaga from GMA after 28 years was due to a disagreement between the Jalosjos family, owners of TAPE Inc.
MediaQuest acquires ABC Development Corp. and its blocktimer MPB Primedia Inc. in 2010 through a joint consortium led by businessman Antonio Cojuangco, Jr. and Malaysia-based broadcaster Media Prima Berhad.
This ongoing dialogue highlights the dynamic nature of television programming and the willingness of both networks to adapt for the benefit of their respective shows and viewers.