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Solar News Channel

Solar News Channel
Type Broadcast commercial television network
Country Philippines
Availability Defunct
Slogan Inform. Inspire.
Broadcast area
Owner Radio Philippines Network (34%)
Solar Entertainment Corporation
(Solar Television Network)(34%)
Key people
Wilson Tieng (Chairman, Radio Philippines Network, Solar Television Network)
William Tieng (President, Solar Television Network)
Jing Magsaysay (Senior Vice President for News and Current Affairs head)
Robert T. Rivera (President and CEO, Radio Philippines Network)
Launch date
October 30, 2012
Dissolved August 22, 2014
Former names
Talk TV (March 2, 2011 – October 29, 2012)
Picture format
NTSC 480i (SDTV)
Sister channels
ETC, 2nd Avenue, Jack City
Official website
Solar News
Language English (main)
Filipino, Cebuano, Kapampangan (secondary)
Replaced by 9TV

Solar News Channel (SNC) was a major commercial television network in the Philippines owned by Solar Entertainment Corporation's arm television subsidiary of Solar Television Network lease with its owner by Radio Philippines Network its flagship television station is DZKB-TV channel 9 in Mega Manila and other regional stations in the Philippines. Operational 18 hours a day from 6:00 AM to 12:00 MN on free TV, while 24 hours on cable, satellite and internet TV providers.

Most of its live programming from studios are located at the Upper Ground Floor of the Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard corner Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in Mandaluyong City with transmitter at No. 97, Panay Avenue, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City. The channel ceased to air on August 22, 2014 and was replaced with 9TV. [1]


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A Toyota HiAce van used by Solar News parked at the Office of the Ombudsman.

The network debuted on October 30, 2012 at 05:45 am (UTC +8:00) as a replacement for then all-news channel Talk TV on SBN 21—as such it is broadcast by all television service provider and terrestrial stations which formerly carried Talk TV.

It is the first all-English news channel to be aired on free TV in the Philippines, and the first channel of Solar Entertainment to air both on cable and free TV. Major part of the programming are local programs including news and current affairs programs from Solar News and foreign programs from NBC and CBS.

On December 1, 2013, Solar News Channel transferred to all RPN stations nationwide to widen its telecast while ETC returned to all SBN stations.[2][3][4]

Aside from the transfer, Solar News Channel launched its own mobile application for smartphone users. Its consists of features such as live streaming, catch-up episodes and latest news from the network's website,[5]

On August 13, 2014, Solar Television Network announced that Solar News Channel was to be replaced with 9TV by August 23, retaining the news and current affairs programming while expanding its weekend programming to cater more audiences which was started by the launching of "Kids Weekend" on August 23. [6]


Solar News Channel's programming consists of rolling news coverage and other news programming, along with documentaries, current affairs show, talk show, entertainment, sports news. Most of the foreign programs on this news channel are from American TV networks, NBC and CBS programs dedicated for the Informercials, religious, pre-school and children's programs.


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