Global Satellite Technology Services

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Global Satellite Technology Services (formerly known as First United Broadcasting Corporation) is a broadcast radio and television company in the Philippines. Its original station FUBC TV-9 in Zamboanga was an affiliate of BBC from 1974 to 1986, ABS-CBN in 1986–1994 and GMA Network from 1995 until April 1996.

Currently, GSTS owns a satellite television service G Sat and a cable news channel One Media Network, which is also available in the company's UHF stations.

History

Early years

First United Broadcasting Corporation was founded by Ma. Clara "Caling" L. Lobregat and Basilio "Bong" Apolinario II. It brought to Zamboanga City its first FM station and its first color television station in 1977. The television station, DXLA 9Alive, was characterized by 9 "lovely" ladies. This network has produced several media personalities such as Cathy Veloso Santillan (one of the original 9Alive Girls who became a broadcaster and NewsWatch anchor of RPN-9 in the early 1990s), Zamboanga City District II Congressman Erico Basilio "Erbie" Fabian and ABS-CBN Correspondent for Western Mindanao and former anchor Pal Marquez all began their careers as part of the channel's news division.

Later years

In 1995, its original TV station, VHF channel 9 in Zamboanga city was sold to GMA. Its FM station, DXLA-FM 99.5 MHz, and AM station, DXRH-AM 1080 kHz have moved to Basilan/ARMM. However, its present goal seems to reinvent itself in the UHF spectrum nationwide.

FUBC has reinvented its image and now operates one of the Philippines' Direct-To-Home (DTH) Satellite Networks called G Sat and one of the Philippines' all news channel in cable and now in terrestrial networks called Global News Network, which is currently known as One Media Network.

In the 2000s, a group of broadcast investors led by Global Destiny Cable (now Destiny Cable) then-executive Philip J. Chien acquired the franchise, ownership and management of FUBC.

In 2014, it partnered with Newtec to launch a broadband service called iGSat Satellite Broadband.

On July 30, 2020, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11481 which renewed FUBC's license for another 25 years. The law granted FUBC a franchise to construct, install, operate, and maintain, for commercial purposes, radio broadcasting stations and television stations, including digital television system, with the corresponding facilities such as relay stations, throughout the Philippines.

TV Stations

Owned and Operated

Branding Callsign Ch. # Power kW Station Type Location
One Media TV30 Ilocos Sur DZWR-TV TV-30 20 kW Originating Ilocos Sur
One Media TV48 Naga DWIL-TV TV-48 20 kW Originating Naga

Affiliated

Branding Callsign Ch. # Power kW Location Owner
One Media TV44 Pampanga DWIM-TV TV-44 10 kW San Fernando Infomax Media

Inactive

Branding Callsign Ch. # Power kW Station Type Location
GNN 48 Baguio DZGN-TV TV-48 20 kW Originating Baguio
GNN 43 Zamboanga DXRH-TV TV-43 20 kW Originating Zamboanga
GNN 43 Roxas DYGN-TV TV-43 10 kW Relay Roxas
GNN 34 Batangas DZFU-TV TV-34 5 kW Relay Batangas
GNN 43 Palawan DYVA-TV TV-43 10 kW Relay Puerto Princesa, Palawan
GNN 29 Legazpi DWEX-TV TV-29 5 kW Relay Legazpi
GNN 43 Virac DZIM-TV TV-43 1 kW Relay Virac
GNN 50 Bacolod DYRL-TV TV-50 10 kW Relay Bacolod
GNN 34 Dumaguete DYTK-TV TV-34 5 kW Relay Dumaguete
GNN 45 Cagayan de Oro DXGN-TV TV-45 10 kW Relay Cagayan de Oro
GNN 45 Cebu DYFA-TV TV-45 10 kW Relay Cebu
GNN 41 Davao DXOW-TV TV-41 10 kW Relay Davao
GNN 46 General Santos DXMO-TV TV-46 10 kW Relay General Santos
GNN 43 Butuan DXAL-TV TV-43 1 kW Relay Butuan

Affiliations

References