ABS-CBN launches "Harapan" with Korina Sanchez and Ted Failon

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2008 04:44 PM | Updated as of Jun 21 2008 12:44 AM

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The unbeatable tandem of Ted Failon and Korina Sanchez returns to the small screen as the veteran journalists anchor the newest weekly late night talk show, "Harapan."

The show will separate truth from spin, give viewers a sharper take on the news, and put public officials on record.

Failon and Sanchez bring to late night their firebrand quality of talk, which their highest-rating morning radio program "Tambalang Failon at Sanchez" on DZMM is known for.

Korina says their two decades as partners on radio and TV, have made their work relationship akin to a marriage.

"We complete each other’s sentences. In a way, he’s like a broadcast husband, but with no commitments," said Sanchez.

"We want change when we know it can change. But we’ve also gotten old and wise enough to know you can’t take life too seriously," she added.

"Shows come and go, but we are still here. It’s hard to maintain a tandem through many years, but we’ve done it." said Failon. "And moving that to TV will be a challenging innovation, so expect some new things."

"Harapan" is a spin-off of the highly successful "Harapan: The Jun Lozada Expose," a no-holds-barred special talk show aired by ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs at the height of the NBN ZTE controversy.

It marked the first time Lozada went on air and on record to face the major protagonists involved in the issue. It was widely watched and much quoted, with no less than Lozada himself referring to it as his "1 vs. the Mob" moment.

ABS-CBN Head of Current Affairs and News Production Luchi Cruz-Valdes said "Harapan" comes at a time when the country faces serious political and economic crises and is badly wanting analysis, synthesis, and resolution.

"Under a climate of brewing insecurity, the public seeks straight answers to their questions, not empty assurances," Valdes said.

"Not knowing who to believe, people look to the media to help provide these answers, to guide them toward making crucial, informed decisions."

Ted and Korina are arguably one of the country’s most trusted and successful team-ups on radio and TV.

They hosted the programs in DZMM like "Balitalakay" (1990), "Aksyon Ngayon" (1991), and "Tambalang Failon at Sanchez" (1994 to present). On TV, their fearless tandem is best remembered in "Hoy, Gising!", the public service program that made public officials answerable to the public.

One of the show’s highlights will be Ted and Korina’s separate takes on the issue in focus--not unlike their trademark disarming, if sometimes sarcastic, commentaries in their radio talk show.

Add to that the visual elements of television, and you can expect no less than fireworks.

"Harapan" premieres Monday, June 23, on ABS-CBN.