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GMA News TV's State of the Nation with Jessica Soho and Tonight With Arnold Clavio Are Going Off the Air

GMA News TV is trimming down on programs due to the pandemic.
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Two of GMA News TV's award-winning programs will not be coming back on television—State of the Nation with Jessica Soho and Tonight With Arnold ClavioState of the Nation with Jessica Soho is a nightly newscast, while Tonight With Arnold Clavio aired every Wednesday night.

According to GMA's announcement, the decision was made due to the coronavirus pandemic. For over six months, the two programs have not been on air since the Enhanced Community Quarantine on March 18.

Back then, Soho's program, which garnered a lot of awards due to its different way of reporting, was only suspended indefinitely. The program's awards include ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards' Outstanding News Program in 2013 and 2014, and PMPC Star Awards for Television's Best News Program in 2014 and 2015. Soho was also awarded PMPC Star Awards for Television's Best Female News Presenter in the same years.

The March 3 episode ng State of the Nation with Jessica Soho.
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While the celebrity-oriented talk show Tonight With Arnold Clavio began airing on QTV 11 on April 5, 2010. It soon aired on GMA News TV, starting February 28, 2011. Like Soho's program, Tonight With Arnold Clavio was also recognized by several award-giving bodies such as Catholic Mass Media Awards and the Enpress Golden Screen TV Awards.

The March 6 episode of Tonight With Arnold Clavio with guests Filipino boyband SB19.
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The staff of State of the Nation with Jessica Soho lamented the cancellation, but they still hope that the program makes a comeback in the future. According to one staff member, the move might be temporary and there's a strong possibility that the show will air once the situation normalizes.

For over five months, GMA has only been airing reruns of Encantadia, Kambal Karibal, and more. Taping has resumed for Descendants of the Sun, Pepito Manaloto, The Boobay and Tekla Show, Prima Donnas, Anak ni Waray vs Anak ni Biday, and more as regular programming slowly resumes.

GMA Network Inc. is also slated to make an official statement on programs that will stop airing since the ECQ in March.

This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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