Digicast Negros was established by former ABS-CBN Bacolod journalists days after the embattled TV network shut down its local stations in the provinces on August 31, 2020 following the non-renewal of its franchise.
Romeo Subaldo, the news chief then of ABS-CBN Bacolod, Barbara Mijares, former desk editor and “TV Patrol Negros” anchor, along with former reporters Marty Go and Martian Muyco, started their own news platform to continue serving the community amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On September 5, 2020, Digicast, coined from the words “digital” and “newscast,” launched its page on social media site Facebook. It quickly gained a following and has breached the 5,000-mark on its first two days.
The group carried over the Hiligaynon-language news, a brand they were known for in the community.
A month later, Digicast expanded its platform by launching its news website, which would also carry an English-language news report.
It tapped print journalists Carla Gomez and Marchel Espina for its English news. Both came from The Visayan Daily Star, which has to cease operations after serving the community for 38 years as it could not sustain anymore the challenges brought by the coronavirus.
Subaldo thanked the community for its overwhelming support, as he reiterated the commitment of the news team of delivering the news amid the pandemic.*