ABS-CBN goes off air in compliance with NTC order

MANILA, Philippines – "This is ABS-CBN Corporation Channel 2, in the Service of the Filipino. Now signing off."

ABS-CBN goes off air in compliance with NTC order
ABS-CBN went off air on May 5, 2020 following the order of the NTC.

The country's largest media network went off air 7:52 p.m. or after its flagship news program TV Patrol on Tuesday, May 5, to comply with the cease and desist order against the network by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) following the lapse of its franchise.

"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 (5 May 2020) when people need crucial and timely information as the nation deals with the COVID-19 pandemic," said ABS-CBN Corporation in a statement.

NTC said the order covers closure of its 42 television stations across the country, including the flagship Channel 2, 10 digital broadcast channels, 18 FM stations and 5 AM stations, including DZMM radio.

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The network said that despite Senate Resolution No. 40, the House of Representatives’ committee on legislative franchises’ letter, the guidance of the Department of Justice, and the sworn statement of NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba, the NTC did not grant ABS-CBN a provisional authority to operate while its franchise renewal remains pending in Congress.

In an interview with DZMM last week, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano even gave an assurance that there is no move to shut down the network.

The last time ABS-CBN was shut down was during Martial Law in 1972.

"Hanggang sa muli, Kapamilya," ABS-CBN said.

— The Summit Express

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  1. I saw my 7 years old crying after ABS-CBN shutdown sabi niya di na nga sya pwede makapaglaro sa labas ng bahay di pa sya makakapanood ng mga paborito nyang palabas sa Yey channel,napakasakit mangita ang anak mo nang ganito kasi wala syang alam kung ano ang mga nangyayari sa mundo

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