Philippines' lower house committee rejects ABS-CBN's franchise renewal

Philippines' lower house committee rejects ABS-CBN's franchise renewal

Employees of ABS-CBN work in the editing booth at the station headquarters in Manila
Employees of ABS-CBN work in the editing booth at the station headquarters in Manila on May 6, 2020 before it was forced to shut down. (AFP/Ted ALJIBE)

MANILA: A Philippine lower house committee on Friday (Jul 10) rejected a request for a 25-year extension of the broadcast franchise of ABS-CBN.

The move would ensure the media conglomerate that has angered President Rodrigo Duterte will stay off air.

Philippine lawmakers voted against a bill that would have given a licence to the media group, whose congressional franchise expired on May 4.

The telecom regulator ordered ABS-CBN and its dozens of radio and television stations to cease operations on May 5.

Source: Reuters/kv

Bookmark