The Philippines: NTC to issue provisional authority to ABS-CBN

  • National Telecommunications (NTC) Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba at a hearing on 10 Mar 20 said that the commission intended to issue provisional authority to broadcast giant ABS-CBN despite concerns that this would only further exacerbate the network’s plethora of legal troubles.
  • This came as the House Legislative Franchise Committee, chaired by Rep. Franz Alvarez (Palawan), tackled ABS-CBN franchise renewal at 10 Mar 20 afternoon’s hearing.
  • Provisional authority allows the broadcast giant to continue operating while their franchise renewal is still pending in Congress.
  • ABS-CBN Corporation’s current legislative franchise, which was approved by virtue of Republic Act 7966, expires on 4 May 20.

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