premiered on March 6, 1987 at 6:00 pm. Co-anchoring the newscast were Noli de Castro, a radio announcer for DZMM, Mel Tiangco and Robert Arevalo, both final anchors of Balita Ngayon. De Castro began the pilot and subsequent episodes with his iconic opening line, “Magandang Gabi….Bayan” (“Good evening, nation”) and ended with his closing line, “Maraming Salamat, Magandang Gabi, Bayan” (“Thank you and good night, nation”) to end the newscast. De Castro’s signature line became a news magazine program which hosted by himself on the same name of a signature line. The signature line went popularized until November 19, 2004, the day Korina Sanchez first left the newscast, and again since December 16, 2010, the day of his return.
Segment anchors included Ernie Baron, who served as the newscast’s chief meteorologist and provided viewers trivia pertaining to science and history, and actress-personality Angelique Lazo (now with Veritas 846 Radyo Totoo), who first hosted Star News, an entertainment news segment.