At exactly 7:52 PM, after 34 years of airing, since its last shutdown, ABS-CBN signed off the airwaves as mandated by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
In an Order made by the NTC, ABS-CBN was directed to stop operating its television and radio broadcasting stations nationwide. NTC has cited Republic Act No. 3846 or the Radio Control Law which states that “no person, firm, company, association, or corporation shall construct, install, establish, or operate a radio transmitting station, or radio receiving station used for commercial purposes, or a radio broadcasting station, without having first obtained a franchise therefor from the Congress of the Philippines.”
In an official statement, ABS-CBN said: “millions of Filipinos will lose their source of news and entertainment when ABS-CBN is ordered to go off-air on TV and radio tonight (May 5) when people need crucial and timely information as the nation deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Statement on the cease and desist order issued by the NTC to ABS-CBN. pic.twitter.com/2k6tomao9o
— ABS-CBN Entertainment (@ABSCBN) May 5, 2020
The order was released as the country faces the coronavirus pandemic when media entities play an essential role in disseminating information to the public.
The broadcasting company has been given 10 days to respond as to why its assigned frequencies in Metro Manila and other provinces should not be recalled.
The Commission quoted Republic Act No. 3846, which states that “no person, firm, company, association, or corporation shall construct, install, establish, or operate a radio transmitting station, or a radio receiving station used for commercial purposes, or a radio broadcasting station, without having first obtained a franchise therefor from the Congress of the Philippines.”
The network closes the statement by saying that they trust the government will decide on ABS-CBN’s franchise with the best interest of the Filipino people in mind, recognizing the network’s role and efforts in providing the latest news and information during these challenging times,” ABS-CBN remains committed to being in the service of the Filipino and we will find ways to continue providing meaningful service to them.” the network added.
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