PLEASE NOTE: Pinoy TV Australia and pinoytv.com is NOT associated with any Philippine-based TV stations or media networks.
PINOY TV is a not-for-profit community television broadcasting group, run by a small but dedicated group of volunteers who give their time to produce a television program broadcast on community television in Australia.
The idea behind forming PINOY TV was to develop and produce television programs that was not only aimed at the Filipino community in Australia but to the wider general public. As a largely under-represented ethnic group in mainstream media, the program was to provide a window for viewers to have an opportunity look into the Filipino-Australian community – the people, culture and country of origin.
The group’s first program, also called Pinoy TV, is the first and only locally produced television program on free-to-air television station in Australia servicing the Filipino-Australian community. The program is predominantly spoken in English as it seeks to reach viewers from non-Filipino background as well as the second and third generation who may not have a good grasp of the Filipino language. The half-hour weekly program began its broadcast on 20 October, 2002. Its coverage initially included metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong in Victoria. It is now seen in most major capital cities in Australia. Pinoy Music Lounge is an offshoot of Pinoy TV catering to a mainly youth audience. The first program went to air mid 2005 and is broadcast in Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney. The newest format, The Pinoy Lounge, is a mixture of both Pinoy TV and the Music Lounge began in 2010. It is broadcast is Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Unlike big-budget, well-resourced production studios and television network, the programs are produced on a shoe-string budget using low-cost consumer equipment and very basic facilities. The group relies heavily on the volunteers themselves to help with the running costs. Fundraising events and donations from viewers also assist in maintaining the operations.
However rudimentary its production resources, the production team have enjoyed success. Pinoy TV and Pinoy Music Lounge have been nominated as a finalist in several categories in National Community Television Awards for the past few years. It has also been chosen as one of the programs shown in the 2006 50 years of Australian Television exhibition held in the Australian Centre of Moving Images (ACMI) in Melbourne.
Currently, the School of Arts & Sciences of the Australian Catholic University (ACU), Melbourne campus have given support by allowing the production team access to the school’s facilties for filming while the team provide opportunities for ACU students to volunteer their services to help in production.
We would like to thank the following individuals and families for their past and present contributions to Pinoy TV Australia:
Carlo Cajili, Joe Platt, Marielle Lee, Andre Gonzales, Matt Margarejo, Richie Tunbridge, Melanie Glico, Giselle Gonzales, Kayee Wong, Annelise Hickey, Justin Burrill, Adam Green, Rushell McDonald, Jayden Stephens, Marty O’Brien, Reza Latifi, Nick Baum, Luke Falkai, Nik Harrison, Andrew Jigalin, Joy Ibarro, Alban Sherman, Andrew Tran, Barbarella Sedrak, Charles Jugo, Miguel Ilagan, Varinya Eammano , David Baggs, Andrea Rodriguez Moreno, Melissa Lee, Sam Eliopoulos, Jo Boyle, Stacey Gray, Casto Unson, Perri Hunter, Kealey Nutt, Anhar Khanbai, Jan Villalon, Stephanie Lutz, Diana Yaneza, Mavi-Anne Glinoga, Cassandra Manuel, Richie Tunbridge, Karli Gibson, Kris Walker, Stuart Wilson, Caithlin Ferrer, Jule Garcia, Tess Hamilton, Charmaine Connan, Matt Tsourgaladis, Jana Parker, Allison Tomazin, Kat Nyitray, Sherilyn Ramon, Justin Pedler, Andrew Shepard, Kent Ross, Khristianne Naffah, Jade Heasup, Sonny Castillo, Melba De Guzman Marginson, Kathlyn Nyitray, Helen Aucote, Sonny Cajili, Zos Collaga, Gonzales Family, Ric Javier, Kathleen Kawecki, Alex Lor, Misajon Family, Alice Nicholas, Christine Noveloso, Juan Noveloso, Julie Nyitray, Gabby Ocampo, Sherryl Oteyza, Joy Paraiso, Becky Paleracio, Francis Ramirez, Joel Ramirez, Jason Remedios, Agnes-May Santos, Carmela Sison, Rod Sota, Sarah Squire,Linea Tan, Alice Walsh, Karen Topacio, Mary Agustin, Warren Soledad, Barong Australia, Philippine Times…. and the many individuals whose names we have forgotten to mention who have given their time to help put the program to air… Thank you.