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Global Satellite Technology Services (formerly known as First United Broadcasting Corporation) is a broadcast radio and television company in the Philippines. Its original station FUBC TV-9 in Zamboanga was an affiliate of BBC from 1974 to 1986, ABS-CBN in 1986–1994 and GMA Network from 1995 until April 1996.
|Predecessor||First United Broadcasting Corporation (1977-2002)|
|Founded||1977(as First United Broadcasting Corporation)|
Golden Nation Network
|Services||Television broadcasting, direct broadcast satellite|
|Owner||First Global Conglomerates|
First United Broadcasting Corporation was founded by Ma. Clara "Caling" L. Lobregat, Zamboanga City's first ever female city mayor, and Basilio "Bong" Apolinario II. It brought to Zamboanga City its first FM station and its first color television station in 1977. The television station, DXLA 9Alive, was characterized by 9 "lovely" ladies. This network has produced several media personalities such as Cathy Veloso Santillan (one of the original 9Alive Girls who became a broadcaster and NewsWatch anchor of RPN-9 in the early 1990s), Zamboanga City District II Congressman Erico Basilio "Erbie" Fabian and ABS-CBN Correspondent for Western Mindanao and former anchor Pal Marquez, all of whom began their careers as part of the channel's news division.
In 1995, its original TV station, VHF channel 9 in Zamboanga city was sold to GMA. Its FM station, DXLA-FM 99.5 MHz, and AM station, DXRH-AM 1080 kHz have moved to Basilan/ARMM. However, its present goal seems to reinvent itself in the UHF spectrum nationwide.
FUBC has reinvented its image and now operates one of the Philippines' Direct-To-Home (DTH) Satellite Networks called G Sat and one of the Philippines' all news channel in cable and now in terrestrial networks called Global News Network, which is currently known as Golden Nation Network.
In the 2000s, a group of broadcast investors led by Global Destiny Cable (now Destiny Cable) then-executive Philip J. Chien acquired the franchise, ownership and management of FUBC.
In 2014, it partnered with Newtec to launch a broadband service called iGSat Satellite Broadband.
In 2018, FUBC merged with Global Broadcasting and Multimedia Inc. into a single entity and changed its name to Global Satellite Technology Services Inc.
On July 30, 2020, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11481 which renewed GSTS's license for another 25 years. The law granted GSTS a franchise to construct, install, operate, and maintain, for commercial purposes, radio broadcasting stations and television stations, including digital television system, with the corresponding facilities such as relay stations, throughout the Philippines.
Owned and operated stations
|Branding||Callsign||Ch. #||Power kW||Station Type||Location|
|GNN TV-30 Ilocos Sur||DZWR-TV||TV-30||20 kW||Originating||Ilocos Sur|
|GNN TV-45 Cagayan de Oro||DXFU-TV||TV-45||10 kW||Relay||Cagayan de Oro|
|Branding||Callsign||Ch. #||Frequency||Power||Area of Coverage|
|GNN TV-44 Baguio||DWFB-DTV||44||653.143 MHz||1,000 watts (5 kW ERP)||Baguio|
|GNN TV-48 Naga||DWFA-DTV||48||677.143 MHz||1 kW||Naga|
Digital affiliate stations
- Republic Act No. 8079
- Franchises of 2 broadcast firms renewed
- Newtec to Partner with First United Broadcasting Corporation to Bridge Digital Divide in the Philippines
- "Republic Act No. 11481 | GOVPH".
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