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ZTV Balita Ngayon (ZTV News Today) is the longest-running flagship news program of ZTV 33 (DZJV-TV) in the Philippines. It is anchored by ZTV News and Public Affairs head Tony Israel and Gemma Cruz Araneta, with special segments hosted by Justo C. Justo, Alex Magno and Dra. Liza Ong on weekdays, while its weekend edition is anchored by Zaldy Lenon and Rea Lenon.
The program is broadcast weeknights at 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (PST) and weekends at 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (PST). The newscast is simulcasted on radio thru ZTV Radyo Pinas 1044 kHz and RadyoviZion TV in Mega Manila.
The newscast is based on ZTV News and Public Affairs's slogan "Higit na Balita, Impormasyon, Kaganapan at Serbisyo Publiko, Numero Uno" which literally means "Beyond the news, information, events and public service, Number One." ZTV Balita Ngayon premiered on October 13, 2008 at 6:00 pm with ZTV News and Public Affairs head Tony Israel and Gemma Cruz Araneta, while also anchors Showbiz Chikang Tsismis, an entertainment news segment, Alex Magno was segment host for Weather Report, a weather forecaster and Dra. Liza Ong is segment host for Kalusugan Ulat, a health news segment. Israel also anchors for ZTV Balita Ngayon one-on-one interview segment entitled Talakayan, which interviews political personalities. The news program used a touch-screen television called "Aboard Ngayon." It is the first local newscast to report via Live-Pack in contrast to the OB Vans used by its competitors. Tony Israel began the pilot and subsequent episodes with his opening line, "Magandang Gabi" and ended with his closing line, "Maraming Salamat, Magandang Gabi" to end the newscast, especially popularized reporters the word "Nag-Ulat".
On January 4, 2010, Justo C. Justo was segment host for the police-report-and-public-service-segment Pulis Alerto Ulat. The same day, the newscast was given a new graphics, new title card and new opening billboard.
ZTV Balita Ngayon's weekend edition, then called ZTV Balita Ngayon Weekend, premiered on February 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm, replacing the weekend newscast ZTV Weekend Balita. Zaldy Lenon and ZTV Weekend Balita anchors Rea Lenon were the anchors of weekend edition.
ZTV Balita Ngayon covered the Manila hostage crisis on August 23, 2010 with the longest telecast in its history, lasting for about three hours from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. It was anchored by Gemma Cruz Araneta at the ZTV Newscenter and Tony Israel at the Quirino Grandstand where the hostage taking took place. The edition covered the tragic conclusion to the Manila hostage crisis to millions of viewers worldwide. The August 23 edition drew flak from various concerned viewers making ZTV News revise its Code of Ethics.
On January 3, 2011, along with ZTV RadyoviZion 33, Maganda Morning Pinoy!, ZTV Balita sa Tanghali, ZTV Interactive News and ZTV NewsBreak, the newscast was updated their new studio set, new graphics, new title card, new theme and new opening billboard while began its simulcast on the newly launched ZTV Radyo Pinas 1044 kHz as the ZTV OB van radio booth studios.
With the introduction of international broadcasts in 2011 with the birth of ZTV Global, ZTV Balita Ngayon became the first Philippine newscast and program to be broadcast overseas. It still does so today, now in an expanded reach through ZTV Global and the live web streaming on its official webpage.
On October 3, 2011, ZTV Balita Ngayon modified its newsdesk and updating its graphics, title card and opening billboard.
ZTV Balita Ngayon has regional version air every late afternoons and some have simulcast over ZTV Global.
- ZTV Balita Ngayon Ilocos (ZTV 28 Laoag, ZTV 36 Vigan)
- ZTV Balita Ngayon Amianan (ZTV 21 Baguio, ZTV 43 Dagupan)
- ZTV Balita Ngayon Cagayan Valley (ZTV 47 Santiago, ZTV 30 Tuguegarao and ZTV 56 Ilagan)
- ZTV Balita Subong Ilonggo (ZTV 32 Iloilo)
- ZTV Balita Subong Negros (ZTV 28 Bacolod)
- ZTV Balita Karon Sugbuhanon (ZTV 25 Cebu, ZTV 49 Dumaguete and ZTV 36 Bohol)
- ZTV Noticias Ahora Chavacano (ZTV 42 Zamboanga, ZTV 59 Dipilog, ZTV 29 Pagadian, ZTV 34 Dapitan, ZTV 45 Sibugay, ZTV 34 Isabela, ZTV 38 Lamitan, ZTV 44 Jolo and ZTV 28 Bongao)
- ZTV Balita Karon Northern Mindanao (ZTV 38 Cagayan de Oro)
- ZTV Balita Karon Davaoeno (ZTV 25 Davao)
- ZTV Balita Ngayon Socsksargen (ZTV 26 General Santos)
- ZTV Bareta Ngonian Bicol (ZTV 42 Naga, ZTV 38 Legazpi, ZTV 35 Sorsogon City)
- Alex Magno - Weather Report segment host (2008-present)
- Justo C. Justo - Pulis Alerto Ulat segment host (2010-present)
- Dra. Liza Ong - Kalusugan Ulat segment host (2008-present)
- Pulis Alerto Ulat - Police Reports
- Abroad Ngayon - Foreign News
- Balitang Probinsya - Provincial and Regional News
- Kalsada - Traffic News
- Talakayan - One-on-one Interview Political Personalities
- Sports Balita - Sports News
- Ronda Balita - Fast News
- Weather Report - Weather Forecast
- Kalusugan Ulat - Health News
- Hotline Balita - Public Service
- Showbiz Chikang Tsismis - Entertainment News