GMA News TV (GNTV) has “temporarily signed off” due to the state of national calamity amid a novel coronavirus disease pandemic.

“Due to the state of calamity, GMA News TV is temporarily signing off. Please stay tuned to GMA for all news updates,” GNTV said in a statement on Thursday.

In a social media post on Wednesday night, GNTV’s news anchor Raffy Tima said: “No Balitanghali and State of the Nation With Jessica Soho starting tomorrow (March 19) until further notice as GMA scales down its operation for the duration of the lockdown.”

In a news release, GMA Network, Inc. said all its employees will be receiving their full salaries and the cash equivalent of their rice benefits.

“These are on top of the year-round medicine allowance and health card benefits accorded to all regular employees and their eligible dependents,” the media company said.

It also said that its talents and project employees will still receive their salaries on March 25 and 30, 2020, respectively.

“A cash advance will be made available for them for their April 10 and 15 pay-outs,” the network said. — Arjay L. Balinbin