History of TV Patrol

14 September 1986: The first official broadcast of ABS-CBN on TV Channel 2-Manila after being shut out on September 1972, and the relaunch of the pre-1972 primetime Filipino-language newscast Balita Ngayon. Media personality Robert Arevalo and newscaster Mel Tiangco anchor the show featuring news in and out of the Philippines.

4th Quarter 1986: ABS-CBN News executives hold meetings with higher-ups on plans to launch an all-new news program that will serve as a better program to Balita Ngayon--a show featuring news about the masses and for the masses. The newscast: TV Patrol.

1 March 1987: ABS-CBN announces the launch of TV Patrol during the public variety extravaganza "Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin" at Luneta in Manila that served as a relaunch of ABS-CBN.

3 March 1987: Premiere telecast of TV Patrol. Radio mainstay Noli de Castro and actress-personality Angelique Lazo join Balita Ngayon anchors Robert and Mel. Weeks later, TV Patrol's Robert and news anchor Frank Evangelista of Magandang Umaga (ABS-CBN's morning show in the 1980's) swapped. Newscast featured more reports on actions of authorities on peace and order in and out of Manila (Pulis Report), more news items on celebrities and personalities (Star News) besides the day's headlines in and out of Manila (Ulo ng Mga Balita). The new segments that caught the public eye: the group commentary PULSO (Pangkalahatang Ulat Laan Sa Opinyon) and the public service report Lingkod Bayan.

1988: TV Patrol is simulcast live nationwide along with the rest of the ABS-CBN shows. TV Patrol in Manila is so popular in the entire Philippines that regional editions in ABS-CBN stations in Cebu, Bacolod and Davao were launched--the first ever regional editions outside Manila. TV Patrol now features news from the regions in the Philippines.

1994: TV Patrol is simulcast worldwide with the launch of The Filipino Channel and is starting to feature news from overseas Filipino communities.

1995: Changes in the anchor team begin, until the final quartet arose in Noli De Castro, Korina Sanchez, Frank Evangelista and Tintin Bersola. More regional editions of TV Patrol are premiered in ABS-CBN's newly relaunched regional stations--among them in Naga, Cagayan (de Oro) and Zamboanga.

1996: TV Patrol begins broadcasting news in 30 minutes.

1997: TV Patrol has Noli de Castro go solo.

2000: Noli de Castro goes live on location for TV Patrol from the key cities in Mindanao during the war between military troops and Muslim rebels.

February 2001: Noli de Castro leaves TV Patrol to run for the 2001 national elections in the Senate. He will then win as Senator that year, then as Vice President 3 years later. Korina Sanchez with Henry Omaga-Diaz and Aljo Bendijo anchor the all-new TV Patrol.

September 2001: TV Patrol begins first special broadcast on weekends. The first weekend broadcast features news from Afghanistan, where Filipino migrants watch the battle between American forces and Taliban-led Afghan forces

April 2003: Korina Sanchez and Julius Babao becomes the tandem to watch on TV Patrol.

1st Half 2004: TV Patrol's weekend editions are launched, with Henry Omaga Diaz and Ces Orena Drilon as anchors. Present anchors are Alex Santos and Bernadette Sembrano.

11 November 2004: Korina Sanchez leaves TV Patrol to make way for TV Patrol World.

15 November 2004
: TV Patrol is now TV Patrol World gives weight to reports from Filipino communities outside the country. New segment on reports from concerned citizens (Citizen Patrol) catches the public eye.

January 2007: As TV Patrol marks its 20th anniversary, it introduces Boto Mo I-Patrol Mo, an expanded Citizen Patrol for the 2007 elections.

November 2007: TV Patrol celebrates 20 years with the documentary TV PATROL: 20 TAON NG PAGPAPATROL (An ABS-CBN Documentary Special), produced by ABS-CBN and Jesuit Communications.

2008: TV Patrol's Boto Mo I-Patrol Mo becomes Bayan Mo I-Patrol Mo for the moment.

10 May 2009: TV Patrol relaunches Boto Mo I-Patrol Mo for the 2010 elections with the battlecry Ako Ang Simula.

3 March 2011; TV Patrol marks its 25th anniversary.

Credits: TV PATROL: 20 TAON NG PAGPAPATROL (An ABS-CBN Documentary Special) from Jesuit Communications and ABS-CBN, Kapitan: The Story of Geny Lopez (ABS-CBN Publishing), Pinoy TV: The Story of ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN Publishing)