The issue of the “big merge” of GMA-7 and TV5 seems to be nonstop.
Ricky Lo wrote in his Funfare column in Philippine Star that the merger was confirmed by TV5’s big boss Manny V. Pangilinan himself during a presscon in San Francisco last Saturday, and that the merge will be launched end of November.
It was in the said San Francisco event where TV5 signed a partnership with Dish Network called Dish Ko ‘To. It promotes the combined channels of GMA Pinoy TV and Kapatid TV5 in the U.S. for better coverage. Dish is a satellite television provider in the U.S.
The Dish Ko ‘To project was perhaps the cause of the merger rumor that was picked up by The Philippine Star.
In a text to Arnell Ignacio, MVP clarified that all he did was to promote TV5 and GMA-7 as well because Dish also carries the network in the U.S. He also clarified that he didn’t say anything about a November deadline or any deadline at all.
The text reads: "you know arnel, all I said was-please support TV5 here in the States. And by the way, pls support GMA7 too (since Dish carries GMA), That was all. No mention of merger investment, combination. Certainly no mention of November deadline or any deadline at all. Suresome people speculated and all i said was I can now say we, re under discussion but nothing finalized at this time."
Meanwhile, GMA-7 released a statement regarding the said merger issue. The statement said that the Kapuso network has nothing to say about it because MVP has already clarified that he was just misquoted.
Below is the statement released by GMA-7.
“GMA Network is not in a position to comment on the article that came out in the Philippine Star today, June 4, 2012, regarding the reported merger of GMA Network and TV5 since we are not the source of the information.
“The said article attributed the information to Mr. Manny Pangilinan (MVP). To our knowledge, MVP has clarified that he was misquoted. We therefore suggest that anyone who wishes to verify may do so with MVP.”