Sunday, July 02, 2006

Pacquiao, ANC, Pinoys win

MINUTE’S BEFORE ABS-CBN’s “live” coverage of the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Oscar Larios at the Araneta Coliseum, the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) wrapped-up their live coverage of the post-fight news conference, after Pacquiao had already defeated Larios in 12 rounds.

Kudos to ANC for releasing the news as soon as possible, despite the danger of threatening their mother station’s ratings of the fight. ANC displayed true professionalism in their primary mission of journalism. In the end, the values of getting the story fast and right overshadowed any temptation to manipulate a delay in release of information for the benefit of ABS-CBN.

Even if ANC can be accused of being “spoilers,” I don’t think a majority of the Filipinos had known of the coverage of the news conference anyway. And we all know that press conferences don’t do fights justice. Many things can be said under a disillusioned state of disbelief, denial, and pride.

If anything, ANC’s coverage may have actually helped ABS-CBN, as the news of victory might’ve enticed more Filipinos to flip the channel to watch the actual fight.

It was a good fight. Pacquiao and Larios were class acts; the fans were biased, supportive, but respectful and classy in their own right. The fight coverage was decent, and ANC displayed solid journalism.

At least for today, tagumpay nga ang Pinoy!



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