By Joey Natividad
CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region, 26Sept2013 (BicolToday.com) – ABS-CBN Bicol News on Thursday expressed its apology to online news group, BicolToday.com, and to Angel Ayala, publisher and photojournalist, of using its photo of Santa Magdalena (Sorsogon) Mayor Alejandro Gamos in its TV Patrol Bicol News program.
The TV group informed this online news group that there was an error of judgement and oversight by Reporter Erick Baldo in not informing BicolToday.com, or to publisher/photojournalist Ayala that the photo of Mayor Gamos shall be used on its on-air reporting on September 25 (Wednesday).
The problem started when Ayala’s photo of Mayor Gamos was aired by TV Patrol Bicol on September 25, and that there was no credit nor acknowledgment attributed to him as source, and that the photo was earlier posted online at BicolToday.com website.
ABS-CBN sent a news team to cover the submission of the Ombudsman dismissal order to Mayor Gamos and two others, but the situation at the municipal hall was tense and the media was barred from entering the building.
According to ABS-CBN, there is no intention of owning the photo already taken and used earlier by BicolToday.com in its online website, but only to use the photo as “to provide the viewers who Mayor Gamos is.”
The TV group admitted that it has no photo nor video of Gamos on file.
Meanwhile, Ayala accepted ABS-CBN explanation, saying that “as journalists, the least we can expect from our colleagues in the media is the simple courtesy of being given credit or recognition for the work done.”
Ayala was impressed when the TV group sent him a letter of apology on Thursday, saying among others, that “ABS-CBN Bicol News is set to make an on-air rectification of the same over its flagship program TV Patrol Bicol soonest, at the same time will ensure stricter and unwavering adherence to the very basic of journalism standards.”
“It is not the money nor payment on why our materials are copyrighted, but the recognition we need and the respect we earn for the efforts we put forward in keeping up with journalism standards,” said Ayala. [BicolToday.com]