PCIJ has engaged in broadcast work since the early 1990s. Its first full-length television documentary was "Toxic Sunset" produced by Benjamin Pimentel and Louella Lasola, PCIJ fellows and graduate students of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. "Toxic Sunset" revealed the existence of toxic waste left behind by US military forces in Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base and their hazardous effects on the communities living around the bases.
Since then, the Center has produced over 30 projects for television, ranging from full-length documentaries to a political talk show, airing with respected broadcast journalists on a variety of news programs that include The World Tonight, TV Patrol, I-Witness, The Correspondents, and The Probe Team.
Recognizing both the reach and impact of the broadcast media, particularly television, the Center created the Broadcast Desk in January 1999 to help deliver to a wider audience the issues of large public interest that PCIJ delves into. Former TV news reporter and producer, Luz Rimban, heads the Broadcast Desk.
For its broadcast projects, PCIJ taps fellows in the broadcast media, both those in Metro Manila as well as community/provincial journalists, to write and report on a variety of issues including the environment, child labor, corruption and women's issues.
One of its most recent projects is "Pabahay ni Erap," a hard-hitting segment that aired on Channel 7's The Probe Team on August 22, 2000. The report by former Manila Times editor-in-chief Malou Mangahas took viewers to the middle-class Vermont Park Executive Village in Lower Antipolo where a real estate firm owned by the family of President Joseph Estrada is building 36 upscale houses without the necessary building and environment permits.