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ABS-CBN in a bind over franchise renewal
By: Gil C. Cabacungan - Reporter / @gcabacunganINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 03:41 AM June 11, 2016

https://business.inquirer.net/210985/abs-cbn-in-a-bind-over-franchise-renewal

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The Inquirer contacted several ABS-CBN executives for comment, but the Lopez-owned broadcast network declined to comment for now.

ABS-CBNs 25-year franchise expires on March 30, 2020.

A member of the House legislative franchise committee, who declined to be named for lack of authority to speak for the panel, said ABS-CBN had sought the renewal six years before the expiration of its franchise because it didnt want to risk having to go through the process under an unfriendly administration.

The committee chair, Marikina Rep. Marcelino Teodoro, did not reply to the Inquirers calls or text messages seeking comment.

Strong opposition

The House member said ABS-CBNs application for renewal of franchise faced strong opposition from cable operators, who had demanded a public hearing.

The same source said ABS-CBNs franchise also lacked support from President Aquinos allies in the House.

The source said Mr. Aquinos allies felt the criticisms against the President were too personal and offensive and went to the point of nitpicking.

Without the franchise committees approval, ABS-CBNs application for renewal could not be tackled in the plenary.

In contrast, another broadcasting company had smooth sailing when it applied for the renewal of its franchise. Aliw Broadcasting Corp., a radio station owned by the late businessman Antonio L. Cabangon Chua, got a 25-year extension in 2015, or two years before the expiration of its franchise.

President Aquino signed Republic Act No. 10790 extending the franchise of Aliw Broadcasting Corp. from April 13, 2017, to April 13, 2042.

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Noynoy-Gabby battle of egos was what did ABS-CBN in

Rigoberto D. Tiglao
By RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO
May 11, 2020

https://www.manilatimes.net/2020/05/11/opinion/columnists/topanalysis/noynoy-gabby-battle-of-egos-was-what-did-abs-cbn-in/724001/

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Technically speaking, I believe PNoy or the Liberal Party lost congressional majority during the mid-term elections. Hence, it was not under his preference that the franchise was not approved under his term.