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House panels want Calida at ABS-CBN hearings

TWO COMMITTEES at the House of Representatives are calling on Solicitor General Jose C. Calida to attend the next hearings on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN Corp.

Trolls attack ABS-CBN online signature drive

WORKERS’ groups at ABS-CBN Corp. on Monday said their online signature campaign for the renewal of the legislative franchise of the media giant had been “sabotaged” by trolls.

NTC told to comment on ABS-CBN injunction suit

THE Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the petition of ABS-CBN Corp. for a temporary restraining order against the cease-and-desist order of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against the network, forcing it to stop airing after its legislative franchise expired.

Network warns of job losses by August

ABS-CBN Corp. employees are at risk of retrenchment by August if the Congress fails to grant a franchise that will allow the network to resume operations, the top official of the network said on Tuesday.

ABS-CBN interim permit recalled

THE House of Representatives reconsidered the second reading approval of House Bill (HB) 6732, which seeks to grant provisional franchise to ABS-CBN Corp. until October 31, 2020.

ABS-CBN says shutdown to ‘significantly impact’ revenues

ABS-CBN Corp. on Friday said the shutdown of its free-to-air television and radio operations “will significantly impact” the company’s media, networks, and studio Entertainment (MNSE) operations which generate billions of pesos in annual revenues.

House approves ABS-CBN provisional franchise on second reading

A BILL seeking to provide a provisional franchise to ABS-CBN Corp. until Oct. 31, 2020 was approved on second reading on Wednesday, the same day it was filed.

Senator proposes automatic extension of franchises

THE Congress may consider granting an automatic extension of franchises with pending renewal applications to close the gap in the law that led to the shutdown of ABS-CBN Corp., a senator said on Tuesday.

Cayetano asked to resume ABS-CBN franchise hearings

AUTHORS of the pending bills for the renewal of the franchise of ABS-CBN Corp. urged House Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano to facilitate the “immediate convening” of the House committee on legislative franchises.

ABS-CBN expects to lose up to P35 million daily when off...

ABS-CBN Corp. stands to suffer millions of pesos in foregone advertising revenues daily, impair its credit standing, and risks defaulting on debts after it was forced to stop broadcasting with the issuance of a cease-and-desist order (CDO) by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the Lopez-led media network said.

Cayetano says Congress to hold hearings on ABS-CBN franchise

HOUSE SPEAKER Alan Peter S. Cayetano reiterated on Friday his assurance that the House of Representatives will do its job on the matter of the ABS-CBN Corp. broadcast franchise.

ABS-CBN moves to block NTC order

ABS-CBN Corp. asked the Supreme Court to stop the implementation of the National Telecommunication Commission’s cease-and-desist order to halt its operations due to franchise expiration.

ABS-CBN franchise renewal won’t be vetoed, Roque says

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte was unlikely to veto a bill seeking to renew the franchise of broadcast giant ABS-CBN Corp., which had been critical of his administration.

DoJ, Senate back ABS-CBN operation

By Vann Marlo M. Villegas and Charmaine A. Tadalan, Reporters THE Department of Justice (DoJ) stood by its position that ABS-CBN Corp. can still operate...

NTC mum on provisional authority to media company

THE legislative franchise of ABS-CBN Corp. expired on Monday with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) silent on the House of Representatives’ instruction to grant the broadcasting company a provisional authority to operate until the Congress decides on its franchise.

Mediatech startup Kumu raises $5-M in Series A

Investors include Kickstart Ventures, ABS-CBN, Gobi-Core Philippine Fund, Summit Media, and Foxmont Capital Partners. “Kumu [is] a compelling addition to the media landscape, and [they] have created a unique network which we think will dominate the media landscape in the country in the coming years.”

ABS-CBN launches new music label

ABS-CBN MUSIC INTERNATIONAL launches its new label Not So Famous (NSF), focusing on urban pop and hip-hop music by budding artists in the Philippines and Asia.

ABS-CBN Convergence allowed to operate

THE National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued a memorandum order allowing ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc., whose franchise had expired on March 17, 2020, and other telecommunications companies of the same status to continue to operate during the Luzon-wide quarantine period, ABS-CBN Corp. said.

ABS-CBN Convergence’s franchise expires

THE franchise of ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc. expired on March 17, 2020 while it was awaiting the provisional authority from a government agency that will allow the Lopez-led company to operate, its parent firm said on Wednesday.

ABS-CBN, GMA adapt to lockdown by stopping teleserye tapings

TV NETWORKS GMA and ABS-CBN have both halted production of their entertainment shows after the declaration of a community quarantine in Metro Manila.

Senate resolution on ABS-CBN operation turned over to NTC

THE Senate on Wednesday turned over to the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) the resolution allowing ABS-CBN Corp. to operate while its franchise extension is pending in Congress.

NTC says ABS-CBN can operate beyond May

ABS-CBN Corp. can continue to operate even after its franchise expires on May 4, 2020, the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) assured the lower chamber on Tuesday.

Media networks say high ratings maintained in Feb.

CITING different rating providers, ABS-CBN Corp. and GMA Network, Inc. reported on Tuesday that they had kept their ratings high last month.

Five more senators move to extend ABS-CBN franchise

FIVE more senators moved to extend the validity of the ABS-CBN franchise until 2022, while its renewal remains pending in the 18th Congress.

House legislators weigh next move on ABS-CBN

HOUSE SPEAKER Alan Peter S. Cayetano said he would meet with the House committee chair on legislative franchises, Rep. Franz E. Alvarez, on Monday or Tuesday to determine whether the lower chamber should have an “administrative hearing” on ABS-CBN Corp.’s franchise issue.

Lawmakers move to act on ABS-CBN franchise issue

SENATOR Franklin M. Drilon has filed the concurrent resolution that will allow ABS-CBN Corp. to continue its operation beyond the May 4 expiration of its franchise, while its renewal is pending in Congress.

ABS-CBN asks Supreme Court to deny OSG gag order petition

ABS-CBN Corp. asked the Supreme Court (SC) to deny the petition of the state lawyer to issue a gag order to prohibit statements on the quo warranto case, claiming it is a violation of rights to free speech and free press.

Lawmaker says NTC approval not needed in franchise extension

ABS-CBN Corp. does not need provisional authority from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to continue its operations once the House of Representatives and the Senate approved the joint resolution extending the validity of the network’s franchise until the end of the 18th Congress, a congressman said.

ABS-CBN seeks dismissal of gov’t lawsuit

ABS-CBN Corp. and its unit have asked the Supreme Court to dismiss a government lawsuit seeking to revoke their franchises.

State lawyer asks SC to issue gag order vs ABS-CBN

By Vann Marlo M. Villegas, Reporter THE Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) asked the Supreme Court (SC) to issue a gag order to prohibit...

Business groups ‘fervently’ ask lawmakers: address franchise issue

BUSINESS groups on Tuesday urged Congress to give pending bills seeking to renew ABS-CBN Corp.’s franchise “balanced, fair and timely consideration.”

Senate panel sets hearing on ABS-CBN franchise

THE Senate Committee on Public Services will no longer wait for the transmittal of the bill on the franchise of ABS-CBN Corp. from the House of Representatives as it plans to begin deliberation of the application for renewal.

Senate to look into claims vs ABS-CBN as franchise renewal hangs

THE Senate Public Services Committee will look into the allegations against the ABS-CBN Corp. that were cited as the roadblock in granting the 25-year extension of its franchise.

ABS-CBN says it has no unpaid bank obligations nor tax liability

AMID criticisms and the latest move from the government to revoke its franchise, embattled media network ABS-CBN Corp. on Wednesday clarified that it has no unpaid taxes to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) nor unpaid obligations to any bank.

High court asks ABS-CBN to comment on SolGen’s move to cancel...

THE Supreme Court (SC) asked ABS-CBN Corp. and its unit ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc. to comment on the petition of the state’s top lawyer to cancel the Lopez-led network’s franchise, as lawmakers stepped in to assert their authority over franchises.

Solicitor general told to let Congress handle ABS-CBN issue

A CONGRESSMAN on Friday urged the Office of the Solicitor General not to question the franchise of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. at the Supreme Court, saying this could be seen as “government harassment.”

ABS-CBN nears 10-year low as Duterte attacks continue

ABS-CBN Corp.’s shares are headed to a 10-year low after Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte continued his attacks on the television network he has accused of bias, urging its owners to sell before its franchise expires in March.

Lawmaker seeks fast action on ABS-CBN franchise

A LEGISLATOR plans to file a resolution directing the House Committee on Legislative Franchises to “report without delay” for plenary action a consolidation of nine bills seeking the renewal of ABS-CBN Corp.’s franchise.

ABS-CBN sues seller of pirated set-top boxes

ABS-CBN Corp. sued a US-based individual and tech company for allegedly pirating the media giant’s content and infringing on its trademark.

ABS-CBN teams up with US production firm for Hollywood TV show

ABS-CBN Corp. is teaming up with a United States production firm to create its first Hollywood content that will be aired in television network WGN America.

ABS-CBN signs deal for show distribution

ABS-CBN Corp. has signed a partnership deal with a French content distributor to air one of its local shows in territories in the Pacific and Indian areas.

ABS-CBN maintains ratings lead in August

ABS-CBN Corp. maintained its majority hold of the national television audience for the month of August, while rival GMA Network, Inc. claimed the lead in Urban Luzon, citing different ratings providers.

Recto files bill seeking to renew ABS-CBN franchise

A BILL seeking to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN Corp. for another 25 years has been re-filed at the Senate.

ABS-CBN starts rollout of TVplus Go units nationwide

ABS-CBN Corp. is now starting the nationwide rollout of the mobile version of TVplus boxes.

Media giants ABS-CBN, GMA report mixed results

LISTED television networks reported mixed financial conditions in the second quarter, as ABS-CBN Corp.’s profit soared 75% while earnings of GMA Network, Inc. fell 22%.