Manila - Filipinler'in önde gelen TV ağı ABS-CBN, geçen 10 Temmuz 2020'de franchise yenileme teklifini kaybetti.
Manila – Filipinler’in önde gelen TV ağı ABS-CBN, geçen 10 Temmuz 2020’de franchise yenileme teklifini kaybetti.
ABS-CBN, Temsilciler Meclisi’nin, 36 gün süren 12 Meclis duruşmalarının ardından yeni franchise için karşılık bağış olarak başvurusunu kaybetti. Ağ devi, Temsilciler Meclisi’ndeki milletvekillerinin 12 duruşmadan sonra Filipinler’in önde gelen yayıncısının başvurusunu reddetmesinin ardından faaliyetini durdurdu ve 70 komite üyesi, 11 karşı ve 1 çekimser ve 2 engellemeyle birlikte franchise başvurusunu reddetti. Söz konusu ihlaller, önde gelen ağın franchise başvurusunu yenilemede kaybetmesine neden oldu.
Önde gelen ağ franchise yenileme teklifini kaybettiğinde, tüm Filipinler tamamen inanmıyordu. Haber, netizenler tarafından sosyal medyada ana konu haline geldi, ancak ne yazık ki, komitenin kararı kesin ve geri alınamazdı. TV izleyicileri için, ABS-CBN’nin franchise yenilemesindeki ağ kaybıyla ilgili haberler ek bir yüktü.
The Philippines’ leading network suspected that ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal loss was merely a political decision arising from the Duterte’s ire to the network. It is apparent that ABS-CBN allegedly opposes the Philippine leader’s brutal war on drugs since 2016. The House of Representatives, on the contrary, clarified that the said decision is not a violation of press freedom.
“It is what it is — a denial of a privilege granted by the State because the applicant was undeserving of the grant of a legislative franchise,” the house committee stated, stressing out the said decision not a mandate of Duterte and is not a violation against freedom of the press.
During the 12 House hearings, the lawmakers probed on violations of the leading network. According to the lawmakers, ABS-CBN, the Philippines leading network ABS-CBN lost franchise renewal bid because of its violations on the citizenship of ABS-CBN chair emeritus Gabby Lopez; “possible” violation of the constitutional prohibition against ownership and management of mass media by foreigners; use of Philippine Depositary Receipts; questionable and unjust, if not immoral, tax avoidance schemes; ABS-CBN’s apparent use of a dummy; and ABS-CBN’s less-than-exemplary labor practices.
House Speaker Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano cited the hearing as impartial and thorough. “Because of the highly partisan nature of this issue, we know from the start that this will be difficult to resolve. There would be those who will vehemently disagree with the committee’s decision, no matter what they resolve,” he said.
However, those who voted “Yes” on the network’s franchise renewal said the result of the House hearing disheartened them. According to them, the TWG recommendation for a resolution denying the franchise renewal is a departure from the truth, justice, and reason.
ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak iterated that the network will remain committed to public service. Besides, he is still hopeful to continue its mission on serving the Filipinos.
The entire ABS-CBN protested about the Congress hearing’s irrevocable decision, which declares the leading network lost the franchise bid. “It deeply hurts us that the Committee on Legislative Franchises has denied the franchise application of ABS-CBN. We believe that we have been rendering service that is meaningful and valuable to the Filipino public. We thank the Committee for allowing us a chance to air our side,” Katigbak said.
“ABS-CBN would like to thank all the congressmen who stood by their bills to renew our franchise. Thank you also to those who spoke out on our behalf during the hearings. We are forever grateful. We also thank everyone who expressed their support and offered their prayers for us,” the CEO heartily accepting the fact that the leading network lost franchise.
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