ESPN5, the long-term collaboration between TV5 and ESPN, will debut a daily Philippine edition of “SportsCenter” beginning Sunday, December 17. The show will be a 30-minute daily program produced live by the multimedia sports entertainment from the TV5 studios in Manila to bring Filipino fans the latest sports news and developments from within the country and around the world, with daily content contribution from SportsCenter US.
Hosted by a rotating roster of some of the Philippines most popular sportscasters including Aaron Atayde, Lia Cruz, Magoo Marjon and Amanda Fernandez, the show will air live on TV5 after the PBA and other prime time sports seven days a week.
The collection of hosts will bring a combination of expertise and personality to SportsCenter: Familiar face and seasoned host and broadcaster Cruz brings over a decade of experience covering major sporting events from around the world including NBA, FIBA and the Olympics. Joining her on the SportsCenter desk is Marjon, one of the most recognized voices on PBA commentary. Bringing with him 15 years of experience, Marjon is now a mainstay in TV5’s coverage of both the PBA and FIBA tournaments as play-by-play anchor.
Atayde also brings a wealth of sports knowledge to SportsCenter. Well-known to sports fans as one of the most-recognized voices on Philippine radio, Atayde has built an 11 year career doing play by play commentary for college basketball and host of Sports5’s Sports 360. TV host, football club manager and fitness facility owner Fernandez rounds out the team with her fitness and lifestyle knowledge.
Welcoming SportsCenter to the Philippines, Vincent “Chot” Reyes, president of TV5 said, “We are excited to bring the iconic SportsCenter brand to the Filipino audience. As a die-hard viewer of this show, I truly believe that it is the definitive sports program on television. We at TV5 are honored to be bringing SportsCenter Philippines to you as this is truly a milestone for local TV.”
Joyee Biswas, head of Southeast Asia, ESPN meanwhile stated, “We are thrilled to be bringing SportsCenter to Filipino fans as part of ESPN 5. True to the DNA of SportsCenter, it is going to be a fun, dynamic and fast-paced show that will cover a wide range of sports and it reflects our focus on serving Filipino sports fans through the premier combination of local and global sports resources, expertise and coverage.”