The World Tonight (ABS-CBN)

The World Tonight is an English-language newscast of ABS-CBN.It is anchored by Angelo Castro Jr. and Tina Monzon-Palma on weekdays, and by Ron Cruz, Lia Andanar-Yu and Bill Velasco on Weekends.

Airing history

The World Tonight premiered on November 21, 1962 at 8:30pm on ABS-CBN's DZXL-TV Channel 9 as the network's answer to ABC's The Big News, News at Seven on GMA and NewsWatch. Co-anchoring the newscast were Hal Bowie, a veteran announcer from ABS-CBN radio, Eric Eloriaga, and Henry Halasan, a former ABS-CBN Cebu talent who was transferred to the network's main offices in Manila as a sales executive. Bowie, who was in his 70s when the newscast first aired, later bowed out of the newscast due to health reasons and concentrated instead on producing news reports for the network. This left Halasan and Eloriaga as main anchorman of the program.

The program was transferred to sister station Channel 3 on the 10:00pm time slot a year later. This happened when Channel 9 premiered Newsbreak with Bong Lapira, who transferred from rival newscast The Big News on ABC. The newscast continued until ABS-CBN's closure by the Marcos government during the declaration of Martial Law in September 1972.

The roster of field reporters for the newscast in its pre-Martial Law days included Orly Mercado, Jun Bautista, Tony Seva, Tony Lozano, Boo Chanco, Philip Pigao, Lito Tacujan and Danny Hernandez.

The World Tonight returned to television on September 15, 1986, coinciding with ABS-CBN Channel 2's reopening. It was anchored by Larry Ng (an ABS-CBN executive during the pre-Martial Law era), Angelo Castro Jr. (then the network's news director) and Loren Legarda. Ng left the newscast after a while, and was replaced by Korina Sanchez. However, Sanchez eventually left the newscast to concentrate on hosting the morning show Magandang Umaga (later Magandang Umaga Po), leaving Castro and Legarda as main anchors, with Ces Oreña-Drilon (business), Cathy Yap-Yang (business) and Dyan Castillejo (sports) joining in the '90s as segment anchors. Sanchez returns as an anchor but only on Saturday Edition along with Castro, Drillon, Castillejo additional segments with Angelique Lazo (entertainment) and Bon Divar (alternating anchor with Castro)

Legarda left the newscast in 1998 to run for senator. She was replaced by Tina Monzon-Palma, who used to anchor rival newscasts GMA Headline News (on GMA) and The Big News (on the reopened ABC).

The newscast ran on Channel 2 until December 15, 1999, then moved to the network's 24-hour news channel ANC on January 1, 2000. The program continues to be one of ANC's flagship newscasts. During its ABS-CBN days, it was simulcast via SNN (Sarimanok News Network) (ANC's former name) from 1996-1999.

On March 2001, The World Tonight relaunched to its present graphics

Current anchors

Past anchors

  • Eric Eloriaga (1967 - 1972)
  • Henry Halasan (1962 - 1972)
  • Hal Bowie (1962 - 1967)
  • Loren Legarda (1986 - 1998)
  • Gretchen Fullido (2006 - 2007) (former weather anchor)
  • Ces Drilon (1995 - 1999) (former business segment anchor)
  • Cathy Yap-Yang (1994 - 1997) (former business anchor alternating with Drilon)
  • Dyan Castillejo (1992 - 1999) (former sports anchor)
  • Chiqui Roa-Puno (2000 - 2006)
  • Korina Sanchez (former anchor World Tonight: Saturday Edition)
  • Angelique Lazo (former Entertainment segment of World Tonight: Saturday Edition)
  • Bon Divar (former anchor of World Tonight: Saturday Edition alternating with Castro)

See also

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