In line with ABS-CBN franchise issue, operations of Channel 43 and TV Plus will also stop
ABS-CBN Franchise – The National Telecommunications Commission commits to Congress that it will stop the operations of Channel 43 and TV Plus before June 29, Monday ends.
During the House hearing on Monday on the franchise renewal of the Kapamilya network, NTC commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba said that the TV giant used the franchise of AMCARA Broadcasting Network for the operations of Channel 43, based on the report from The Philippine Star.
However, reportedly, the operations of Channel 43 and TV Plus should have followed also the cease and desist order from the NTC that was released on May 5 following the expiration of ABS’CBN’s legislative franchise.
“All broadcast operations of ABS-CBN are only authorized through its expired franchise…In other words, ABS-CBN’s airing of digital TV on Channel 43 is part of the cease and desist order because the franchise that they used for that is ABS-CBN’s franchise,” Cordoba said.
According to Rep. Boying Remulla of the 7th District of Cavite, who also sits as Senior Deputy Majority Leader, said that the operation of ABS-CBN these past eight weeks was “illegal and usufructuary”.
Remulla also said that that Cordoba could be subjected to legal complaints for allowing the TV giant to operate even after the cease and desist order was issued.
Meanwhile, Rep. Rodante Marcoleta of Sagip Party-list said that the NTC commissioner should resign for “not doing his job.”
In line with this issue, Rep. Mike Defensor of Anakalusugan Party-list said, “the law is the law and we have to obey that. Today, the continuing use of that frequency should stop.”
ABS-CBN Corp. CEO Carlo Katigbak said that they are willing to follow the rules but asked for reconsideration while the franchise is pending for renewal.
He stressed that in the past, the NTC has allowed companies that had an expired franchise to still operate while waiting for the deliberation if the franchise application is denied or granted.
“The cease and desist order does not cover Channel 43. It’s not on the list… A block-time arrangement is a standard commercial agreement that is quite common in the broadcast industry. Many other broadcasters do this as well,” Katigbak stressed.
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