The spanking new IBC Channel 13 started off by showing mostly canned shows from Hollywood. The “Twilight Zone”, “Have Gun”, “Perry Mason”, “Wagon Train”, “Rawhide” would soon rule the airwaves. Tarzan was waiting in the wings.
By 1962, there were six TV channels in the country: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13. Into this field came the legendary Andres Soriano. His biggest coup was buying IBC-13 that year from Baldwin and company.
Soriano asked Henry Canoy, another visionary and owner of Radio Mindanao Network to head his tri-media conglomerate’s broadcast empire together with the Philippine Herald which he bought from the Madrigal family.
Immediately, Canoy reconfigured IBC’s programming along the lines of DZHP’s the “Sound of the City”, boasting sharp news reporting, an all-night talk show, and a capsule studio – the equivalent of today’s outside broadcast (OB) van – from which it could air live news as it happened.
The success of the IBC-RMN-Herald tri-media conglomerate was cut short on September 21, 1972, when President Ferdinand E. Marcos declared martial law.
One of Marcos’ first acts was to issue Letter of Instruction No. 1, ordering all radio and TV networks closed. These networks, including IBC-13, were eventually allowed to reopen. Only ABS-CBN remained closed until the end of Marcos’ rule in 1986.
IBC-13 soon became a refuge for ABS-CBN programming veterans. In late 1973, most programs mounted by former ABS-CBN producers on Channel 7 transferred to IBC-13, resulting in the renaissance of IBC-13.
In 1975, the Marcos government enforced the constitutional requirement for media to be 100% Filipino-owned. This barred the Sorianos, who were US citizens, from holding any interest in either RMN or IBC. Furthermore, they were told that the owner of a newspaper could not likewise own a radio or TV station, and vice versa. This development caused the Sorianos to sell IBC to Roberto S. Benedicto. On 01 February 1975, Channel 13 Manila reopened as the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) under the aegis of the Benedicto Group of Companies.
In 1977, IBC moved to its present home in Broadcast City in Capitol Hills, Quezon City. IBC had a nationwide reach and continued to be one of the country's most viewed TV networks.
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