ABS-CBN is Officially Signing Off

ABS-CBN Corp. will stop its broadcast operations in compliance with the National Telecommunications Commission's order following the lapse of its franchise. In a statement, the country's largest media network cited how the order was issued despite earlier legislative resolutions assuring the issuance of a provisional authority pending the renewal of its broadcast license.

NTC said the order is immediately executory. It covers 42 television stations across the country, including the flagship Channel 2, 10 digital broadcast channels, 18 FM stations, and 5 AM stations, including DZMM radio. "Millions of Filipinos will lose their source of news and entertainment when ABS-CBN is ordered to go off-air on TV and radio when people need crucial and timely information as the nation deals with the COVID-19 pandemic," said ABS-CBN Corp. in a statement.

"This is in compliance with the cease and desist order issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) today that prohibits ABS-CBN from continuing its broadcast operations effective immediately," it said. The network cited Senate Resolution No. 40 passed on March 4, which expresses the chamber's sense that ABS-CBN should be allowed to continue operations pending its franchise renewal.

It also cited the House of Representatives' committee on legislative franchises’ letter to the NTC saying it should give ABS-CBN provisional authority, the DOJ's guidance to the commission on the matter, and an earlier statement by NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba on ABS-CBN's continued operations.

Source: ABS-CBN

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