GMA News revealed the reason why journalist-reporter Joseph Morong was reassigned.
Last May 3, 2021, Joseph’s post about his “last summary” of President Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential address became the talk of the town on Twitter.
Some netizens speculate that he may move to another network.
But in a vlog uploaded by Joseph Morong on May 6, 2021, he clarified he would not switch network. Instead, it will start reporting on beats or topics for GMA News.
He said: “Unfortunately, that will be the last summary that you’ll get from me because I’ve been transferred. Starting next week, I will not be covering Malacañang anymore.”
Netizens suspect that GMA News may have removed Joseph Morong from the Malacañang beat because of his fact-checking report in Saksi about the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report first aired in April but was immediately deleted from GMA News’ social-media accounts.
Almost two months later, GMA News clarified that this was not the reason for Joseph’s reassignment to another news beat.
“Joseph Morong’s reassignment is not related to a report that aired on Saksi as some have speculated. Saksi producers wrote that report and Joseph was just asked to voice it,” GMA News said in a statement.
“It was removed from our online platforms, consistent with our policy, after we noted deficiencies in the report which did not conform to our standards of fairness and balance,” it continued.
“Unrelated to this, Joseph was given another assignment, a move which is common in most, if not all, newsrooms where reporters do not stay in one beat their entire careers,” it added.
Joseph will continue to serve as the anchor of the daily online newscast Stand For Truth.
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