Atom Araullo announced today on Umagang Kay Ganda that he is leaving ABS-CBN. The journalist relayed that he wants to pursue new opportunities outside of ABS-CBN this time.
"Marami pa kasi akong planong gawin, gustong subukan, kailangan mag-focus pero siyempre ganon pa rin naman 'yung trabaho natin sa mundo ng journalism pero ang dami rin kasing opportunities ang nagbubukas nitong mga nakaraang buwan dahil na rin sa mga nagawa natin dito sa UKG. Alam niyo naman ang interes ko halo-halo rin 'yan napasok na tayo sa larangan ng film-making, ‘yung Citizen Jake, mahilig rin akong kumuha ng litrato. So marami, marami akong susubukan," he stated.
Atom shared that the management has expressed their support for his decision.
"Ako naman eh tuwang-tuwa dahil supportive naman ang management at wala naman kaming napag-awayan dito sa mangyayaring ito. Napagkasunduan namin na may mga bagay na may simula at katapusan at ito na 'yung panahon na kumbaga sumubok lang ng bagong landas," Atom relayed.
Atom has been part of the network for 13 years. He started in ABS-CBN’s Studio 23 in 2004.
ABS-CBN has released a statement and wishes Atom the best in his future endeavors.
"ABS-CBN has allowed journalist Atom Araullo to explore new interests in film, broadcast and digital media outside of the company. Atom says the training and exposure he got from the network as reporter and TV host have equipped him to try out other opportunities in the media industry here and abroad," the statement said.
It added, "ABS-CBN wishes Atom all the best in his future endeavors. He will always remain a Kapamilya."