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24 Oras Bikol
24 Oras Bikol
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Also known as Baretang Bikol (September 17, 2012 (2012-09-17) - November 7, 2014 (2014-11-07))
Created by GMA Bicol
Developed by GMA News and Public Affairs
Directed by Julius Lilao
Presented by Elmer Caseres
Country of origin Philippines
Original Bicolano
No. of episodes n/a (airs daily)
Running time 30-45 minutes
Original release September 17, 2012 (2012-09-17) - April 24, 2015 (2015-04-24)
Preceded by Bicolandia Isyu Ngonian

24 Oras Bikol, formerly Baretang Bikol, was the regional newscast of GMA Bicol. The program delivers news and current events coming from the entire Bicol Region.[1][2] It was aired live every weekdays from GMA Bicol studios in Naga City and was simulcasted in TV-12 Legazpi, TV-8 Daet, TV-2 Sorsogon, TV-7 Masbate and TV-13 Catanduanes. It ended on April 24, 2015 due to GMA Network's mass retrenchment of its employees and streamlining of all of its regional stations.


2010-2012: Pre-launch

Prior to the launch of the newscast, GMA Bicol aired Flash Bulletin, a daily news bulletin program aired several times from Monday to Friday from September 10, 2010 in order to provide local news, significantly during the Peñafrancia Festival.[3] It was followed by the launch of another daily program, Isyu Ngonian on November 22 of the same year.

2012-2014: As Baretang Bikol

The newscast was launched on September 17, 2012, several weeks after the launch of GMA Bicol as an originating station, and expanded its coverage to the entire Bicol region. Its main anchor, Elmer Caseles, used to anchor the two preceding programs of the regional station.

2014-2015: As 24 Oras Bikol

Following changes in now-main newscast 24 Oras, Baretang Bikol was rebranded as 24 Oras Bikol since November 10, 2014.[4] However, the newscast was suddenly got cancelled after more than two years of broadcast (opposite GMA Ilocos' 24 Oras Ilokano, formerly Balitang Ilokano, which aired in June 2012) due to the strategic streamlining happened to all provincial stations of the network. Following the cancellation was the retrenchment of its staff and personalities and the closure of the network's regional news department.[5]

Area of Coverage

Final Anchor

Final Field Reporters

  • Avril Daja
  • Mark Bongat
  • Kaye Botastas (now with Caritas Mariae DWRV FM 98.3 Naga)
  • Chariza Pagtalunan
  • Michelle Chua
  • Maila Aycocho
  • Michael Biando (from 90.3 Star FM Naga and MOR 93.5 Naga) (Now a GMA News Stringer in the Rinconada area)

Former Field Reporters

  • Michael Jaucian (also with Philippine Daily Inquirer Southern Luzon and GMA News Stringer Albay)


External links

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