Kapamilya broadcaster Karen Davila says January 26 was “another tough day for ABSCBN”
KAREN DAVILA – The Kapamilya broadcast journalist said yesterday, January 26, was “another tough day for ABSCBN.”
Although she did not state the reason behind her “tough day” post, it can be inferred that it has something to do with National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)’s granting of frequencies previously used by ABS-CBN Corporation to several broadcasting companies.
This includes the awarding of Channel 2 frequency to Advanced Media Broadcasting System (AMBS), owned by billionaire and former senator, Manny Villar.
Aside from that, NTC also granted Channel 16, the analog channel in Mega Manila to AMBS.
The same day, NTC gave Channel 23, the frequency previously used by Studio 23 and Sports+Action (S+A) of ABS-CBN to Aliw Broadcasting Corporation.
Lastly, NTC awarded Channel 43 to Sonshine Media Network Inc. (SMNI), a broadcasting company owned by Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.
Yesterday, Karen Davila took to the image-sharing site, Instagram wherein she posted a photo of herself alongside her TV Patrol co-anchor Bernadette Sembrano.
In the said post, they can be seen wearing blue.
A portion of the caption reads: “Today was another tough day for ABSCBN but we choose not to lose hope. Optimism takes faith and hope gives your heart peace.”
To recall, it was on May 5, 2020, National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and Solicitor General Jose Calida issued a cease-and-desist order to ABS-CBN.
On July 10, 2020, members of the House of Representatives, particularly the Committee on Legislative Franchises, voted 70–11 to deny the franchise application of ABS-CBN, citing several issues on the network’s franchise.
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