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Frequencies previously held by ABS-CBN now belong to Manny Villar

A company linked to business tycoon and former Senator Manny Villar took over the frequencies previously belonged to ABS-CBN.

In 2020, the giant media company was ordered by Congress to shut down following the issues regarding its franchise renewal. Despite the unfortunate event for the Kapamilya network, it has continued to do shows that are being aired on digital programs.

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In a recent report from Inquirer, based on the documents from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Advanced Media Broadcasting System Inc., a company linked to Manny Villar was given the television broadcast frequencies that was owned by ABS-CBN Corp. before

The company of Villar was granted a 25-year franchise extension last 2019. The documents of NTC stated that Villar’s company was given on January 6, the “test broadcast” permit to use the coveted Channel 2 spectrum.

The provisional authority to use digital TV frequencies in Metro Manila and Mega Manila on Channel 16. With this, the company of Manny Villar will most likely hinder the future attempts coming from ABS-CBN to regain the frequencies.

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Reportedly, there was no clear statement from NTC about the agency’s decision to give Advanced Media the right to run a television network. The report also noted that, unlike the traditional process, before the granting of the frequencies to Villar’s company did not go through the public selection.

The NTC document also showed that this decision was supported by Malacañang. Advanced Media was granted a test broadcast permit that is effective until the final shut off of analog TV and this will be until next year.

However, GMA Network Inc. chair and CEO Felipe Gozon said that this could be extended as the Philippines has a low adoption of digital TV.

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