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Gov't mass media meet for integrated election coverage on May 10

By Minerva B Newman

Manila, Philippines (24 March) -- The government mass media units in the country met today at Montevista, Clark, Pampanga to discuss the 'nitty-gritty' of an integrated and comprehensive coverage for the May 10 presidential election.

Some 70 officials and technical personnel from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS)-Radyo Ng Bayan, National Broadcasting Corp (NBN), RPN-9, IBC-13, Bureau of Communication Services and Philippine News Agency (PNA) plotted their respective tasks, technical and hardware requirements for the election coverage.

Dubbed as "Hatol Ng Bayan: Auto Vote 2010," the audio and video coverage/repotage will use the facilities of NBN-4, RPN-9, IBC-13 and Radyo Ng Bayan while the news and public affairs contents of the coverage will be handled by PIA, PNA and Radyo Ng Bayan.

According to Edith del Rosario of RPN-9, the project plan calls for about 50 remote points of coverage or Hatol Ng Bayan Election Hubs located in various regions, provinces, cities in the country.

Del Rosario said, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) at Visayas Ave., Quezon City, serves as the main studio and nerve of the Hatol Ng Bayan coverage.

"We will transform the PIA Lobby and Atrium into a mall-cum-internet café hub with multi-colored banners and signages hanging from the ceiling. We want to have a coverage that is hip and nip for the young viewers," Del Rosario added.

Young reporters from the government mass media and select student volunteers will anchor the on-cam and field reports at the main studio. Regional and provincial stations and offices of the government mass media will compose the coverage teams at the local field levels.

Elements of the coverage include live video points, audio only points, reportage for news, breaking news, situationers, interviews and analysis and poll results.

"All newscasts and coverage for the 2-day event will always be the joint efforts of all government mass media network," Del Rosario said.

As of this early, each network has already assessed their respective I.T. capabilities and manpower to implement the Hatol Ng Bayan coverage on May 9, 10 & 11.

NBN OB and ENG vans will be deployed in the remote point (system) at Comelec, Manila; at Camp Crame; Lubao, San Fernando Pampanga; PPCRV UN Ave., RHMS QC; RMHS Espana, Cebu Hub and Davao Hub. (PIA-7/MBCN) [top]

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