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Atom Araullo renews deal with GMA-7

Under his new contract, the award-winning journalist will remain as co-anchor of GTV’s ‘State of the Nation’ and documentarist for ‘i-Witness’ and ‘The Atom Araullo Specials.’

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Multi-awarded journalist Atom Araullo has renewed his ties with GMA-7, signing an exclusive contract that would extend his tenure at the Kapuso Network.

Under the deal, Araullo, 40, will remain as co-anchor of GTV’s State of the Nation and documentarist for i-Witness and The Atom Araullo Specials.

“Sa totoo lang, ‘yung five years dumaan lang eh. Hindi ko nga na-feel eh. Feeling ko nga bago pa lang ako sa GMA eh,” Araullo said during his contract signing Saturday.

Araullo rejoined GMA-7 in 2017 after a more than a decade stint at ABS-CBN, where he was best known as co-anchor of Umagang Kay Ganda. Since joining the Kapuso Network, he has upped his profile considerably with award-winning documentaries.

“He’s not just an armchair journalist,” said GMA First Vice President of Public Affairs Nessa Valdellon of Araullo. “He writes his own documentaries. He previews [them], sometimes two or three times. He sets the standard for what the content would be like.”

GMA Integrated News Acting Head Oliver Victor Amoroso said Araullo’s contract renewal “signifies” their commitment to become the country’s news authority.

“We look forward to seeing Atom as the co-anchor of our State of the Nation on GTV, and other programs that we’ll be producing for him,” he said.

For his part, the Palanca awardee said he wants to challenge himself even further, vowing to tackle more complicated subjects in his documentaries.

“Gusto ko lang ‘yung china-challenge din ‘yung sarili ko. And also to take on more complicated stories that require deeper investigation, and also commitment to find out what’s happening, and to get to the bottom of things. That’s the kind of story that I like doing,” Araullo said.

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