The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), the association of the broadcast media in the Philippines, celebrates its 40th anniversary this month. The KBP was founded by private broadcasters in 1973, during the period of martial law, to give the broadcast media a unified voice. It underwent several transformations along with the political changes in the country and weathered controversies involving the broadcast media, of which it is today its staunch defender and advocate.
The KBP counts among its members 123 broadcasting companies, 624 radio stations, and 109 television stations throughout the country. How could an organization of members who compete vigorously with each other survive for so long? KBP president, Herman Z. Basbaño said, “The KBP has survived this long because of its ability to maintain stable relationships among its members. No matter their differences,” Basbaño said, “our members are bound by strong common interests and it is these common interests that the KBP espouses.”
For the past 21 years, the KBP Golden Dove Awards served as a symbol of excellence in Philippine broadcast media. This year’s Golden Dove Awards was held at the Star Theatre, CCP Complex last April 26, 2013 the eve of the KBP’s 40th anniversary.
Top personalities from ABS-CBN led this year’s Golden Dove Winners. Charo Santos-Concio, president and CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given to individuals who have made a major contribution to the advancement of Philippine broadcast media. ABS-CBN radio-TV anchor Ted Failon won the Broadcaster of the Year Award.
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The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) have teamed up to improve the effectiveness of broadcast media in informing and preparing the public during disasters and emergencies.
Speaking about this cooperation, Dr. Renato U. Solidum, PHIVOLCS-DOST Director, said, “PHIVOLCS-DOST recognizes the important role of broadcast media in disaster risk reduction and management. They play a critical role in disseminating information to the general public most especially the warnings and updates of potentially hazardous events and in providing correct and appropriate preparedness tips before disasters happen.”
Among the products of the KBP-PHIVOLCS-DOST cooperation is a broadcasters’ emergency preparedness guide, expected to be released in May 2013 to KBP radio and TV stations nationwide. Solidum said, “PHIVOLCS-DOST, together with other NDRRMC member agencies, have collaborated with KBP in revising the Broadcaster’s InfoChart on Emergency Preparedness. This updated tool will equip broadcasters with the correct information that can be used during emergencies, as well as safety precautions relating to various natural hazards.”
KBP and PHIVOLCS are also cooperating in a training program for broadcast media in tsunamis awareness, information dissemination, and early warning. The program includes the holding of seminars to teach broadcasters how to properly disseminate tsunami warnings as well as precautionary measures to the public without causing panic during an emergency. Two seminars have already been conducted under this program.
The Philippines is surrounded by five major trenches that can cause tsunami producing earthquakes and has already experienced 38 tsunamis. Tsunamis can cause widespread loss of lives and property as seen in the massive tsunami that hit Japan two years ago. Because of this, preparing broadcasters for the onset of a tsunami is a major concern for KBP and PHIVOLCS.
Radio and television stations belonging to the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) will be able to bring the unofficial election results to the public right after the polls close on May 13, 2013. KBP is among those authorized by Republic Act No. 9369 to receive the election returns transmitted by the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines. The other recipients designated by the law are the majority and the minority political parties, and the accredited citizens’ arm of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).
Under the procedures set by the COMELEC in Resolution No. 9677, the KBP, along with the others, will be allowed to set up workstations to access the Transparency Server that will receive the election returns from the PCOS machines. After receiving the election results from the Transparency Server the KBP will immediately make them available to its member stations all over the country for broadcast to their respective audiences. The results of the election for both the senatorial and local positions will be included.
This will be the second time that the KBP is performing this service. The first was in the 2010 presidential elections, when computerized voting was first implemented.
The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), the broadcast media industry association, elected its officers for 2013 during its 38th annual Top Level Management Conference held last November at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City.
The KBP has expanded its rules on broadcasts that affecting the interests of children. The new rules, which form part of the media industry association’s Broadcast Code which defines professional and ethical standards for its members, were approved in a general membership meeting held last June 15, 2011.
Formulation of the new guidelines was the KBP’s response to the clamor of audiences and child-rights advocates for stricter rules governing the treatment of children in television programs following the broadcast of a program last March featuring a boy in a dance sequence they found to be inappropriate for his age.
The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), the industry association of the broadcast media, is set to approve new provisions of its broadcast code to reinforce current standards on programming related to children. The new guidelines have been submitted to the KBP Board of Trustees by the Standards Authority, the industry associations’ code enforcement body. The KBP initiated the formulation of the new guidelines last March following the controversial episode of a TV program which featured a dance number by a boy contestant considered objectionable by a number of viewers.