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PDI & GMA 7 inks new deal for INQ7.net?

This was in the news yesterday — Philippine Daily Inquirer, GMA Network launch ‘new INQ7.net’. I previous wrote about an impending split-up by a tip from multiple sources. Now, this comes as a total surprise for me.

Starting January 2007, INQ7.net will become a news portal or “doorway” to the Philippine Daily Inquirer and GMA Network news websites, top executives of both media giants announced in a brief event held at the GMA Network headquarters in Quezon City.

What I don’t really get from this deal is that there’s almost nothing new. It says Inq7.net will serve as portal for both Inquirer.net and GMANews.tv website.

Here’s what I think the story is all about, and please allow me to venture another guess:

GMA 7 Network and the Philippine Daily Inquirer did in fact split up. GMA Network will deliver its own content and will now host the streaming videos (which Inq7.net is now doing). The Philippine Daily Inquirer will run Inquirer.net, which they used to do before the tie-up years ago. The statement that Inq7.net will serve as a portal may mean that all content headlines will appear on Inq7’s website but the links will either forward it to Inquirer.net or GMANews.tv whoever owns that article or news.

The idea of sharing the brand (Inq7.net) and the real estate seems logical to me IF the two would have to go separate ways.

But again, this is just another theory (after I read the article 3 times). We’ll see come January 2007.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

6 Responses

  1. Avatar for construction construction says:

    Cheers!|It is appropriate time to make a few plans for the future and it is time to be happy.

  2. Avatar for joey alarilla joey alarilla says:

    hi migs :) nope, inquirer.net won’t be folded back into pdi. it will be the online arm of the inquirer publishing group, just as hinge inquirer publications is the magazine arm of the inquirer group :)


  3. Avatar for Miguel Miguel says:

    So, the INQ7 writers and news desk will be folded back into the Philippine Daily Inquirer?

  4. Avatar for jayvee f. jayvee f. says:

    i was talking to JV Rufino 2 weeks ago and he showed me this new setup. And I commented that “there really is nothing new” – and he affirmed this.

    By the way, the search function has been upgraded. You can now have detailed search queries. try searching for my name :)

  5. Avatar for Retzwerx Retzwerx says:

    You mean PDI? Kala ko PDAcademy, hehe. ;)

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