A BILL renewing the broadcast franchise of Audiovisual Communicators, Inc. (ACI) was passed by the House of Representatives on second reading via voice vote.
If enacted, House Bill No. 8786 will extend for another 25 years the franchise, allowing ACI “to construct, install, operate and maintain radio and television broadcasting stations in the Philippines.”
ACI operates contemporary radio station DWRX, known by its marketing name of Monster RX93.1, which serves Metro Manila, the Calabarzon region, Bulacan and Pampanga, among others.
It also operates DYBT, or Monster Radio BT105.9, and DXBT, or Monster Radio BT99.5, based in Cebu City and Davao City, respectively.
The broadcast franchise of ACI, which was granted in 1995, is set to expire in 2020.
The bill requires ACI to provide a maximum of 10% of paid commercial time to public service programming.
ACI is required to submit an annual report to Congress on or before April 30 every year. — Charmaine A. Tadalan