These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate ABS-CBN Least Biased based on balanced story selection and some opposition to the government. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record and use of proper sources.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Philippines 134/180
ABS-CBN Corporation is a media and entertainment organization based in the Philippines and founded in 1946. It is the Philippines’ leading information and entertainment multimedia conglomerate. According to their about page the company is primarily involved in television, radio broadcasting, and web publishing. Eugenio Lopez III is the chairman of ABS-CBN Corporation.
Funded by / Ownership
ABS-CBN is a corporation that owns and controls numerous media outlets in the Philippines. They generate revenue through advertising, subscription fees, and sales.
Analysis / Bias
Reporters without Borders (RSF) has ranked the Philippines among one of the worst-ranked countries for 2020 at 136th place out of 180 countries and indicates that “The Philippines continues to be one of the most dangerous countries for the media. Private militias, often hired by local politicians, silence journalists with complete impunity.”
Regarding the political stance of ABS-CBN, according to a Manila Times article, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to block the ABS-CBN franchise renewal as he claimed the network did not show his political ads during the 2016 campaign, although his campaign team had paid for the air time.
In review, on national news ABS-CBN utilizes neutral or minimally biased language both on headlines and articles, however, they tend to use large quotes instead of linking the source. International news coverage is syndicated directly from AFP and Reuters, which we rate as least biased.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate ABS-CBN Least Biased based on balanced story selection and some opposition to the government. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record and use of proper sources. (M. Huitsing 12/18/2017) Updated (5/04/2020)