On February 16, TV Patrol started to improve its graphics in live interviews and reports. It also introduced "TV Patrol Text Poll," a text-based system of measuring the reaction of viewers regarding a pressing concern or socio-political issue. Today, this serves as a supplement to its "Pulso ng Bayan" segment, which aims at giving ordinary citizens an air-time.
And today, perhaps an on-going development for ABS-CBN's primetime newscast, TV Patrol reinforces its reportage by including two-part Special Reports of "national interest," and by introducing a segment called "Panalo 'To."
"Thirty four thousand will die and about 170,000 residential houses are expected to collapse" -- Noli de Castro gives a special report on both the susceptibility and predicted effects when "the Big One," or the strongest possible earthquake to be recorded in the history hits Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.
The report includes an exclusive interview with PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum explaining the implications of faults and defined zoning. The second part of the special report identifies the exact paths of major valley faults of the East and the West, including regions and establishments directly affected.
"Panalo 'To" is the newest segment, expected to bring reports about achievements, success stories, victorious missions and discoveries and other pieces that showcase the strength of Filipinos from varied fields and interests, both in the Philippines and in the international scene.
On its first airing, Yong Chaves of ABS-CBN North America reports about the success of Filipino students in one of the biggest academic competitions in California, USA. Out of 10 winners, 3 are Filipinos. The "decathlon" includes principal academic components such as English, Mathematics, Science, Current Events, Literature and Religion.
"Gulo sa Gitnang Silangan, makakaapekto sa 2.5 milyong OFW" -- Korina Sanchez sheds light on the over-all effects of the escalating political tensions in the Arab countries on OFWs.
Sanchez traces back the beginnings of the turmoil from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and now, Saudi Arabia. Included in this report, a story of an OFW, with opinions from UP Economics professor Solita Monsod and political analyst Dr. Clarita Carlos.
Notably, last night's episode ends straight with closing remarks, without the anchors' opinions.
If this is a conscious effort to put more emphasis on hard news, rather than on soft news, then TV Patrol is on the right track in re-establishing a solid edge over its fellow mainstream competitors.
And if TV Patrol allows "consistency" to be its middle name, then the news program is on the right track in packaging a fiercer, stronger and bolder TV newscast. Results of these measures are yet to be recognized.