24 Oras (24 Hours) is the flagship national network news program of GMA Network. It is the nightly national newscast which airs in the Philippines on GMA and worldwide via GMA Pinoy TV. 24 Oras is aired every Weeknights from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM, Saturdays from 5:45 PM to 6:30 PM, and Sundays from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM, (PST). The newscast can be heard on radio through Super Radyo DZBB 594 in Mega Manila and several of its regional Super Radyo stations nationwide (Super Radyo 909 Palawan, Super Radyo 1323 Iloilo, Super Radyo 999 Cebu and Super Radyo 1125 Davao).
24 Oras premiered on March 15, 2004 at 6:15pm, replacing Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco as the network's answer to longest-running newscast TV Patrol. Frontpage anchor Mel Tiangco was joined by Saksi's Mike Enriquez, rejoining them in one newscast since they co-anchored Saksi from 1996 to 1998. Special weekend editions are also being aired when it deemed necessary (See below). The show, meanwhile, transferred its timeslot from 6:15pm to 6:30pm, it was currently extended to 90 minutes.
On June 2004, along with Saksi, the show relaunched its studio set, and graphics packages, and later in September 2004, the show was listed top 10 from the AGB Nielsen TV Ratings, leading 24 Oras, the most-watched primetime newscast.
2006–2008The show relaunched in April 17, 2006 with a new graphics package, and a new set with floating large rear projection screens that allow the anchors to virtually "talk" to correspondents in live feeds, also the anchors are doing stand-up news delivery. The studio set was shared by Saksi during that time. PAGASA's Nathaniel Cruz anchors weather news during severe weather conditions.
On August 11, 2008, the show was relaunched again with a multi-million peso studio set using LED, a new desk which is identical to the desk used by CBS Evening News, new graphics, new titles, and its new slogan "Tahanan ng Katotohanan". On April 2010, the show became the home of Vizrt Touchscreen system a real-time broadcast solutions system which is used in the YouScoop segment designed and developed by GMA New Media.
24 Oras became instrumental and controversial on covering the 2010 Manila hostage crisis, the authorities ordered a media blackout, but failed, when covering live the arrest of the brother of the hostage-taker, the hostage-taker was apparently monitoring GMA-7 and found out about it; the situation became worse when gunshots were heard inside the bus assuming that the hostage taker was watching, it monitored the SWAT's movement of the rescue, the massacre ended at least one hour, when the hostage taker was shot dead on live TV, due to teargas that choked the bus. The coverage ate up its primetime block, from 6:30-9:30pm, giving 19.7% of its audience share from AGB Nielsen.
On December 6, 2010, the news program updated its graphics. A day later, it updated its OBB and title card.
On February 21, 2011, along with Unang Hirit, Saksi, and GMA Flash Report, the newscast transferred its new studios, Studio 5; launched new graphics, new theme, and new OBB. The new theme music is a remix of 24 Oras 2008-2011 theme music & an element of an opera voice, eventually it was developed in 2010.
On June 4, 2012, 24 Oras launched its new weather segment titled I.M. Ready: GMA Weather (based on the advisory advertisement of the said title, and the branding of I.M. Ready). On June 2013, 24 Oras introduced its augmented reality graphics, initially used at the beginning of the show for presentation/demonstration purposes. It is currently used for US Dollar exchange rate, Metro Manila air index, some live crosses and for other occasional purposes (such as Christmas/New Year Countdowns and demographics/data gathering in connection of a certain news story).
A notable coverage of GMA News for "Super Typhoon Yolanda", covering the devastating Typhoon Haiyan (international name), won its 4th George Foster's Peabody Awards in 2014.
On November 10, 2014, as part of GMA News' shakeup, Vicky Morales joined the 24 Oras team as its third anchor. Also, GMA Regional newscasts for Bicol, Cebu, Davao, Northern Mindanao, Iloilo, Dagupan and Ilocos adopted the 24 Oras branding. Along with Saksi and Balitanghali, a flat graphic package introduced, and a new title cards, the return of the Myriad font for 24 Oras and the OBB, along with its energetic theme music. All of these changes are answers to competition of its long-time rival, ABS-CBN's TV Patrol.
On April 24, 2015, with GMA Network's plans of streamlining regional operations, the Ilokano, Bikol and Northern Mindanao editions were axed by the management, followed by the Iloilo (Ratsada 24 Oras) edition on November 13. All of its news staff were laid off of business and were given severance pay to those affected. On February 1, 2016, North Central Luzon (24 Oras Amianan) and Central Visayas editions of the newscast reverted to their respective titles: Balitang Amianan and Balitang Bisdak, respectively. With the said downgrade, the Southern Mindanao edition (rebranded since October 3, 2016 as 24 Oras Davao) became the only regional edition of the newscast across the entire network. In addition, GMA also axed its remaining local non-news programs for its regional viewers.
After 11 years of delivering showbiz news on Chika Minute, Pia Guanio bid farewell to 24 Oras to concentrate on her family life. Iya Villania took over as the new Chika Minute anchor on June 15, 2015.
On mid-November 2016, a new 24 Oras logo was unveiled on a billboard on the side of the GMA Network Center. The said logo was first used on-air along with a new graphics, OBB, and theme song package on December 5, 2016, retiring the stylized clock logo which was in use since 2004. A new fontface, DIN, has been introduced and is used alongside Myriad, and now uses augmented reality graphics more extensively to rival those of TV Patrol's. the text "Oras" is from 2014.