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Netizens call out return of ABS-CBN a year after it shut down that brought major changes in news and entertainment.

ABS-CBN SHUT DOWN – The largest network in the country, ABS-CBN, has lost its franchise a year ago and people online are calling for its return.

The ABS-CBN network officially shut down on July 10, 2020, which left millions of people heartbroken and thousands of employees jobless amid a pandemic. 70 lawmakers decided to agree with the non-renewal of their franchise despite the lengthy and 13 comprehensive and exhaustive congressional hearings that proved that the network did not violate any law.

ABS-CBN Shut Down
Photo lifted from The Filipino Times

And now, one year after this unfortunate event, many people online remembered what happened that unfateful day. The closure of the Lopez-owned broadcast firm in the middle of a public health crisis sent shockwaves across the country and some experts have become worried about the chilling effects of this, especially on the economy.

For the past months, an analysis showed that the network let go of a third of its news and current affairs workforce, lost billions, and closed down a lot of its legacy services. Philippines journalism professor Danilo Arao said that the wide reach of the network with their services reaching the far-flung areas remained “unmatched” to this day. Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) chair Ruperto Nicdao also said that the absence of ABS-CBN has made millions “tuned out of television”.

Check out some of the calls of the people online as #IbalikAngABSCBN becomes a top trending hashtag online:

History will make them pay.

SOON. JUSTICE WILL BE [SERVED].

… but I hope they will return to their fullest extent…

Nonetheless, we truly appreciate all who chose to remain, from the biggest stars to the most obscure people behind the scenes.

…hinding hindi kami makakalimot

Bilog ang mundo hindi natin namamalayan may prangkisa na ulit ang ABS-CBN

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