The Daily Manila Shimbun


NTC recalls all frequencies of ABS-CBN Corp.

September 10, 2020

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has recalled all frequencies of  ABS-CBN Corp.

In an eight page decision dated September 9, the NTC said “all assigned frequencies/channels assigned to ABS-CBN are hereby recalled” due to absent of a valid legislative franchise.

“The denial of  respondent’s   franchise renewal application by Congress coupled with the denial of the respondent’s petition by the Supreme Court lead to no other conclusion except that the respondent  had already lost the privilege of installing, operating and maintaining redo broadcasting in the country,” the NTC said.

Congress had denied ABS-CBN’s application for legislative franchise on July 10, 2020.

On May 5, the NTC  directed ABS-CBN to stop operating its various television and radio broadcasting stations nationwide “absent a valid congressional franchise as required by law.”

ABS-CBN Convergence’s franchise expired on March 17, 2020, while ABS-CBN Corp’s franchise ended on May 4, 2020. DMS