Inspiration

Cheche Lazaro on Probe: Looking Back at Over 30 Years of Hard-Hitting Journalism

The veteran journalist and founding president of Probe Productions, Inc. talks about how they changed the landscape of Philippine journalism.
IMAGE LILEN UY
Comments

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 journalists, and has produced an illustrious list of alumni which includes Maria Ressa, Luchi Cruz-Valdes, Atom Araullo, Karen Davila, Love Anover, Howie Severino, Robert Alejandro, Paolo and Suzy Abrera, and Twink Macaraig.

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.

Probe has also recently returned to broadcast television with Convo with Cheche Lazaro. In this show, veteran journalist and founding president of Probe Productions Cheche Lazaro discusses hot-button issues with experts and policymakers to “shed light on what is missing in the conversation.” The show airs every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. on Cignal TV.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

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.

Comments
About The Author
Angelica Gutierrez for Esquiremag.ph
View Other Articles From Angelica
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
Take a look inside one of the most extensive fashion exhibitions in history.
 
Share
An immersive nine-channel work greets you on the fourth floor of The Link at the Globe Platinum booth.
 
Share
Twelve luxury hotels and one spa were included in the Forbes Travel Guide.
 
Share
In the age of likes and swipes, top photographer Tom Epperson presents images that invite conversation and consideration.
 
Share
India Hicks and her mother zigzagged across London this week in search of the missing pieces.
 
Share
Guests may not walk away with gold, but they do get some serious goodies.
 
Share
He was a child prodigy, who translated Shakespeare to Tagalog at eight and studied at Columbia University at 12.
 
Share
"The presence of foreign galleries at Art Fair Philippines is significant. It indicates that it is part of the globalized market."
 
Share
These coveted pieces will set you back by a small fortune.
 
Share
 
Share
Art experts and collectors spent the afternoon checking out hundreds of artworks on display at The Link.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US