THE PHILIPPINE Daily Inquirer and GMA Network Inc. signed on Friday an agreement to revitalize their partnership, launching the "new" INQ7.net website.
Starting January 2007, INQ7.net will become a news portal or "doorway" to the Philippine Daily Inquirer and GMA Network news websites, top executives of both media giants announced in a brief event held at the GMA Network headquarters in Quezon City.
"INQ7.net will now serve as a portal for the Inquirer.net and the gmanews.tv websites," Philippine Daily Inquirer chairman Marixi Prieto said, noting that both websites will provide better coverage to readers.
"We're still one," the executive added, adding that the renewed partnership aims to fortify the existing one which both media giants started back in February 27, 2001, which was the official launch of INQ7.net.
GMA Network Inc. chairman and president Felipe Gozon said the new agreement marks another "beginning" and a "better arrangement" for both media companies.
"The sum of parts will be greater. Independently, both the websites have their own brands. With this, I think the parts will become greater than the whole," the GMA executive added.
In an interview, Gozon stressed that the relaunch of the news portal and the signing of a new agreement with the Philippine Daily Inquirer indicates their commitment to INQ7.net.
"We're doing this to improve the portal. We want to simplify operations," he told reporters after the signing of the agreement.
INQ7.net editor-in-chief and senior vice president JV Rufino said the new arrangement will allow GMA News to provide more video to the portal.
"GMANews.tv will take over the video, which has been longed plan. INQ7.net was doing this. But as a result of this arrangement, we will now have higher quality video," Rufino said.
Malou Mangahas, editor-in-chief of gmanews.tv and vice president for research and content development of GMA News and Public Affairs, said the new INQ7.net will showcase the strengths of the two companies.
"Both partners will draw on their strengths," she added.
By combining their strengths, Rufino added, readers can expect to get more compelling content.
Readers will also expect more sharing of information and news under the new INQ7.net, Mangahas said.
"Both partners want to do good journalism. And together, we will make great journalism," she added.
INQ7.net currently has about one million unique users per month, Rufino said.