Cheche Lazaro on Probe: Looking Back at Over 30 Years of Hard-Hitting Journalism
Since it was founded in 1987, Probe Productions, Inc. has been known for producing award-winning shows such as The Probe Team, i-Witness, 5 and Up, Gameplan, Cheche Lazaro Presents, and Art is Kool.
At a time when news television was mostly made up of regular newscasts, Probe introduced the documentary format which allowed them to delve more deeply into pressing issues of the day.
The production company has become known for setting the standard when it comes to investigative journalism, and for their uncompromising dedication to presenting the truth. In 2003, rather than give in to censorship pressure over a story on then-PAGCOR chairman Efraim Genuino, they switched television networks.
Over the past 30 years, Probe has served as a training ground for budding
Today, Probe has shifted from broadcast television to digital. The company produces online shows such as Bio—which shines a light on people of various trades and professions, and Soundbites—short videos that tackle various issues such as the war on drugs, body positivity, and gender equality.
If you’re feeling nostalgic, you can check out Probe.ph’s extensive library of documentaries and shows from the late ’80s to the early 2000s, including The Probe Team and 5 and Up.
At a time when social media is plagued with fake news and press freedom is frequently under attack, it's great to see that a media institution like Probe is still going strong.
This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.