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MANILA, Philippines – GMA Network, Inc. disclosed the retirement of Jessica Soho after 30 long years of devoted and outstanding service as an employee and first Vice President for News Programs.

Jessica is a home-grown anchor in GMA. She has served the network as a news reporter until 1988, production news manager (2000), acting news director (2002), VP for news (2004), VP for news programs (2008) and her promotion last year (2013) as First VP for news programs.

Under her leadership, GMA News became the leading and most credible broadcast news organization in the country with its premier newscast, 24 Oras, ending competition’s ratings dominance shortly after it was launched in 2004.

Soho was also behind the launching of other daily news programs on both GMA and GMA News TV as primary news sources in their time slots.

“I am most proud of the fact that under my watch, the credibility of GMA News became even stronger. Filipinos watch us because they know we can be trusted to deliver accurate, objective and balanced reporting because we have no political agenda or biases and we have consistently proven that through administrations, past and present,” Soho said.

“We mean it when we say, walang kinikilingan. Walang pino-protektahan. Serbisyong Totoo lamang,” she added.

“I am a Kapuso through the core of my being. I have worked with only one network throughout my entire career because I truly believe in the network’s independence and professionalism,” Soho further stated.

Though she is retiring from her news executive duties, Soho remains as a Kapuso talent as she continues to host her weekly-primetime and award-winning news magazine programs — Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS) on GMA and Brigada on GMA News TV. She will also continue to anchor her nightly-news program State of the Nation (SONA) aired in GMA News TV.

KMJS and SONA continue its huge success as GMA Network, Inc. gained its fourth George Foster Peabody award because of these programs for its coverage of Typhoon Yolanda.

Moreover, SONA won Silver Medal in the US International Film and TV Festival (USIFV) also for its coverage of Typhoon Yolanda.

Meanwhile, Brigada gained the Philippines and network’s first ever One World Medal.

Soho was also recently named Most Trusted News Presenter by Reader’s Digest for the fourth consecutive year.

“I can never thank the network enough for everything it has given me and my family. I especially thank all my mentors, my bosses and cameramen in our old newsroom as well as my colleagues now, fellow managers, producers, reporters, talents and crews for the opportunity to lead them. It has been a great honor and privilege working with the best in the industry,” she said.

“Although I am retired from my position, I will always be a proud member of GMA News and Public Affairs,” Soho disclosed.

-JEANE MARIE M. FAMINOGAN
LNU ABCOM INTERN