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taken from Pinoy Television: The Story of ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN Publishing), Pinoy TV Blog and Clodualdo del Mundo's "Telebisyon: Essay on the 50 Years of Philippine TV" (CCP)


BEC launches

  • the comedies The Gloria and Luis Show with Gloria Romero and Luis Gonzales, Buhay Artista/An Artist's Life with Dolphy and Panchito, Super Laff In, Tang Tarang-Tang and Kami Naman/Our Chance

  • the variety shows Lucky Strike Show, Tony Santos Presents, Stop Look and Listen (the Philippines' first daily noontime variety TV show), Oras ng Ligaya/Hour of Joy, The Gloria-Eddie Show, Star Caravan, D' Sensations, Noontime Matinee and Ariel Con Tina/Ariel and Tina

  • the talk show Two for the Road

  • the dramas Santa Zita and Mary Rose, Teenagers, Mga Aninong Gumagalaw/The Moving Shadows, The Twilight Zone (from the United States) and Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Doray/The Magical World of Doray

  • the coverage of the MICAA basketball games

Events take a turn at BEC this decade.

  • TV becomes available to the middle class and the poor people. [40 out of 1,000 Pinoys then own a TV set.]

  • BEC has new studios in Dewey Boulevard (now Roxas Boulevard) in Manila.

  • BEC begins airing the weekly Sunday Masses from the ABS studios in Dewey Boulevard (now Roxas Boulevard) in Manila.

  • BEC covers the Jabidah Massacre and the assasinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

  • BEC relaunches radio stations DZAQ as Radio Patrol, DZXL as drama station and DZYL as sports station.  BEC has the Spanish station DZME (which closes down later), variety music station DZYL, pop music station DZQL and Filipino pop culture station DWOW.


BEC begins airing the first educational show on Philippine TV--Education on TV--with Jesuit priest and history teacher Father Horacio de la Costa and art teacher Fernando Zobel, produced by Father James Reuter on Channel 9.

Events take a turn at BEC this year.

  • BEC gets new TV companions: Associated Broadcasting Corporation (ABC-DZTM, Channel 5), Republic Broacasting Systems (RBS, later Greater Manila Area or GMA, Channel 7), Manila Broadcasting Corporation Television (MBC-DZRH Channel 11) and Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC, Channel 13).

  • BEC and other TV channels cover the Philippine national elections that sees Diosdado Macapagal as president and senator Ferdinand Marcos as vice president.

  • June 14: BEC opens the Philippines' first regional radio-TV station of a TV network, first TV station outside Manila, and the first radio-TV station in Southern Philippines: BEC Cebu (now ABS-CBN Cebu). 

  • Post-June: BEC opens the first TV-radio broadcasting station in Ilocandia--BEC Dagupan (now ABS-CBN Dagupan).


Events take a turn at BEC this year.

  • BEC's new variety show Caltex Cavalcade opens.

  • BEC opens BEC Channel-4 Bacolod (now ABS-CBN Bacolod), the first regional TV-only broadcast station in Southern Philippines and the second TV station in Visayas.

  • BEC covers the ASEAN Games in Bangkok in Thailand.

  • BEC becomes the first Philippine media network to go on remote live telecast.

  • BEC becomes the first Philippine media network to utilize the 1-inch helical video tape and the 2-inch Ampex tape in recording TV shows.

  • January: BEC gets a new companion: Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS Channel 10).

  • December: BEC Channel 2's audience share declines, as RBS becomes the number 1 TV station in terms of Manila ratings then.


BEC airs the variety show The Nida-Nestor Show.

In time for the 10th anniversary of Philippine television and BEC (formerly ABS) in the television industry, BEC becomes number 1 in Manila ratings again, dislodging RBS.


ABS-CBN receives the first videotape recorders in the country and premieres the first videotaped recorded show Your Evening with Pilita.

ABS-CBN shows and stars compete in the first Philippine TV awards contest "Citizen's Awards for Television" (CAT) of the Citizen's Council for Mass Media.


BEC and other media channels cover the 1965 Philippine national elections that sees the win of senator Ferdinand Marcos as president and ABS-CBN executive Fernando Lopez as vice president.

BEC has Eugenio Lopez Sr's eldest son Eugenio Jr as the new owner.

BEC has Channels 3 and 9 as the most widely watched TV channels in the Philippines, with DZXL and DZAQ Radio Patrol as the most widely-listened radio stations.


Color TV tubes make their way in the Philippines.

BEC airs the comedy Pancho Loves Tita.

BEC and other media channels cover President Marcos' state visit to the United States.

BEC covers the ASEAN Games in Bangkok in Thailand for the second time.

November 17: BEC begins telecasting shows in color on Channel 2 and adopts the Sarimanok logo, as BEC  is the first Philippine media network to introduce color TV in the Philippines.


Events take a turn on BEC (later name: ABS-CBN) this year.

  • BEC is the first Philippine media network to open a relay station in Baguio City.

  • February 1: BEC changes corporate name to ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, adopts the tagline "The Philippines' Largest Network" and moves to a new site in Quezon City's Bohol Avenue.  ABS-CBN has 2 TV stations and 7 radio stations in Manila, 3 TV stations and 14 radio stations in the regions and 3 affiliate radio stations, being true to its tagline "The Philippines' Largest Network".

  • Post February: ABS-CBN's Channel 9 launches more foreign shows like The Flying Nun.

  • June: ABS-CBN and other media channels cover the Independence Day festivities at Luneta in Manila.

  • December: ABS-CBN holds the 50-hour back-to-back marathon coverage of the Philippine national elections.


TV is the medium earning the highest advertising revenue, overtaking radio.

Events take a turn at ABS-CBN this year.

  • ABS-CBN shows Buhay Artista, Wild Wild West, The Nida-Nestor Show, Tawag ng Tanghalan, Cine Pilipino/Filipino Cinema and Your Evening with Pilita get top spots on the ratings charts for 1967. This is the first time the ratings charts appear, resulting from the competition between network-produced shows and advertiser-produced shows.

  • ABS-CBN airs the first daily drama series termed as a "soap opera".

  • ABS-CBN introduces the "breaking news" concept on Philippine TV as it airs the 1st marathon coverage of the Ruby Towers Collapse in Metro Manila via microwave transmission from an Outside Broadcast (OB) van with 3 black-and-white cameras.

  • ABS-CBN covers the Olympic Games in Mexico City--the first Philippine media network to have a live via satellite coverage of an international event.

  • ABS-CBN starts covering live the events of the United States Presidential Elections.

  • ABS-CBN is the first TV network to take full control of producing TV shows and to relieve advertising agencies of producing regular TV programs.

  • ABS-CBN begins implementing the 60-second rule for TV commercials.

  • ABS-CBN is the first Philippine media network to establish the country's 1st cable company with its launch of Nuvue Cablevision.

  • ABS-CBN acquires and incorporates SCAN, the film production company specializing in film and TV commercials.

  • December 18: ABS-CBN is the first Philippine media network to have a broadcast centre complex in the country as inaugurates its Bohol Avenue Broadcast Center Complex--the first, biggest and best-equipped broadcasting complex in East Asia then (composed of 6 studios, a soundtrack recording hall, lighting effects, 16 TV cameras and made-for-TV movie facilities), rivaling Japan's NHK and making it the training ground for TV people from Japan, Thailand and Australia.


ABS-CBN airs

  • Man on The Moon, covering Apollo 11's historic landing on the moon--the first telecast of an international and inter-planetary event via satellite in full color.

  • Bandwagon '69, the special election eve variety extravaganza sponsored by the members of the Nacionalista Party--among them President Marcos and Vice President Lopez broadcasting 3 hours earlier than other networks

  • Halalan '69, the first marathon TV coverage of the Philippine national elections that sees the reelection of President Marcos and Vice President Lopez

  • the Miss Universe Contest in the United States crowning Filipina candidate Gloria Diaz as the winner.

Events take a turn on ABS-CBN this year.

  • ABS-CBN is the first Philippine media network to hold a marathon public service coverage via microwave.

  • ABS-CBN is the first Philippine media network to have an all-news and commentary radio via Radio Patrol.

  • ABS-CBN sells CBN's Channel 9 and the former ABS building to Marcos crony/ambassador/sugar businessman Roberto Benedicto, who uses the channel and the building with the stations of Radio Philippines Network (RPN)--to build Kanlaon Broadcasting Systems (KBS)--marking his entry to media.

  • The Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA) and the groups of consumers request ABS-CBN and other TV stations to minimize TV ads to less than 15% of the telecasts.

  • March: ABS-CBN airs the first real nationwide news simulcast, when the network’s five TV stations, 21 radio stations and three affiliate radio stations all throughout the country connect via relay sites to the main newscast in the Quezon City studios.

  • June: ABS-CBN announces its new channel assignment from Channels 3 and 9 to Channels 2 and 4.


ABS-CBN opens a relay station in the Bicol Region.