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“Pag ratings lang kasi, madali ‘yun eh, ‘di ba? You just shock them.” Jessica Soho on the real pressure behind top-rating ‘KMJS’

  • Jessica Soho feels pressured on having a top winning show, ‘KMJS’
  • The show being a pop culture format puts pressure on Jessica and the show’s staff
  • Keeping up to date is challenging and needs a well planned content

Multi-awarded journalist Jessica Soho is continuing her career with GMA Network, as she officially signed a new contract on March 13. Her news magazine show ‘Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho,’ also known as ‘KMJS,’ is the top television program of the Kapuso Network and also of its rival networks.

As Jessica celebrates her 34 years of service under the network. she didn’t deny the fact that she does feel pressured maintaining the KMJS spot. She stated that being the host of the award-winning weekly show is challenging since it goes with what’s new and trending, therefore she, as the host, also needs to catch up and learn the current modern set-up.


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“Pero it brings a lot of pressure din sa amin. Lalo na sa akin. ‘Yung staff kasi ng KMJS is very young. So sila, gets nila agad. But for me, ‘Ano ba ang ibig sabihin niyan?’ So nape-pressure din ako then I read up also. Tinitingnan ko ‘yung mga comment para alam ko.”

She added that the pressure is not only on her but also with her staff. Since it is an up to date presentation, they need to look for the right stories and even the right construction of words that would best fit the show.

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“Nakaka-pressure din kasi parang, ‘Naku! Kasama na tayo du’n sa pop culture na tinatawag.’ So it means lagi kaming dapat updated. Minsan ‘pag may mga bagong words for example, ini-incorporate namin sa mga script namin kasi it makes us more conscious na they are really watching. So we have to use these words na ginagamit din nila. Because it’s a way to better connect to them.”

“Hindi ko masabi. Kasi every week it’s a struggle to look for stories. We will take it as it counts.”

Also, making the shows rate higher is not that easy, yet it is not impossible. It just needs the right execution of its main content without destroying the true essence of the show. Jessica stated that getting a high rating is easy but making a high rating and keeping the purpose of the show is hard, as what the show believes in leaving learning is still the main goal.

“Sana makaya namin. Sana makaya ng staff. It’s always a challenge. Pero kasi ‘di ba kailangan balansehin mo. Hindi puwedeng ratings lang. Kailangan, ‘yung tagline ng programa is ‘Makabuluhang kuwentuhan.’ So kailangan may redeeming value pa rin ‘yung mga pinapakita namin. Ibig sabihin may lesson to be learned, especially for the young.”

“Pag ratings lang kasi, madali ‘yun eh, ‘di ba? You just shock them. Kailangan balansehin mo rin with other stories na kapupulutan nila talaga ng aral. Hindi lang ikatutuwa, hindi lang ikasasaya, hindi lang para to move them, sometimes to shock them and to anger them. Kailangan meron din silang makuhang leksyon. So we like to balance the stories and the episodes. Importante ‘yon.”

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As Jessica continues her journey with the GMA Network, she happily extended her gratitude to her home network as she has been given many opportunities. She as well thanked the netizens for the support and trust while leaving an assurance that there are still more stories to be told.

“Thirty-four years na po akong Kapuso. Maraming salamat sa aking mga kasama sa trabaho at siyempre, sa mga namumuno po ng GMA Network. At of course, sa inyo pong aming mga manonood. Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtitiwala, marami pa ho tayong mga pagkukuwentuhan at marami pa ho tayong mga pag-uusapan. Salamat pong muli.”

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Written by Rochelle Pamotongan

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