ABS-CBN’s 25-year congressional franchise renewal in the congress, now na!


ABS-CBN Corporation continued to register huge viewership on both television and online for the month of May, with a 44% audience share compared to GMA Network Inc. with only 32%.

ABS-CBN remains in a league of its own in the prime time block with a 49% average audience share that is 18 percentage points higher than rival GMA’s 31% average audience share during the same time block.

Nine programs in Top 10

Nine out of the 10 programs in the Top 10 for the month of May belong to ABS-CBN, led by “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” with an average national TV rating of 41.1%, followed by the returning “The Voice Kids,” which got a 36.1% rating, and “Dolce Amore” with 32.9%. They are joined in the Top 10 by “Pilipinas Got Talent” (32.8%), “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (30.1%), “TV Patrol” (29.5%), “Wansapanataym” (28.9%), “Home Sweetie Home” (23.7%) and “Rated K” (21.2%).

Meanwhile, “Be My Lady” (17.4%) is still the mostwatched daytime program while “It’s Showtime” (18.5%) continues to edge “Eat Bulaga” (12.3%) in the ratings war during the noontime slot.

The Kapamilya network also ruled the afternoon block with a 46% nationwide rating compared to the 33% of GMA, thanks to the strong ratings of “Doble Kara” (18.0%) and “Tubig at Langis” (15.9%).

ABS-CBN also dominated in other territories like in Balance Luzon (places in Luzon outside of Metro Manila) where it struck a national average audience share of 47% against the 33% of GMA; Visayas where it scored 54% against the 24% of the rival network; and in Mindanao where it garnered 54% against the 27% of the Kapuso station.

For its part, GMA, which uses data from Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, captured most viewers across Mega Manila and Urban Luzon. It noted that Urban Luzon represents 77 percent of all urban TV households in the country, while Mega Manila accounts for 60 percent.

Specifically, GMA said it led in total day ratings in Urban Luzon with a household audience share of 38.9 percent, ahead of ABS-CBN’s 30.3 percent and TV5’s 7.7 percent.
GMA posted double-digit margins over rival networks in its Mega Manila bailiwick with a 40.9-percent total day average, above ABS-CBN’s 27.1 percent and TV5’s 8.2 percent.

In terms of National Urban Television Audience Measurement, GMA maintained its strong ratings performance in the daytime blocks.

It registered 30.5 percent in the morning block, versus ABS-CBN’s 29.3 percent and TV5’s 12.2 percent. GMA was also ahead in the afternoon block with 36 percent against ABS0CBN’s 35.6 percent and TV5’s 7.4 percent.

ABS-CBN, meanwhile, said it was the leading television broadcast company in Visayas and Mindanao. It got 54 percent of Visayas ratings last month against GMA’s 24 percent while in Mindanao, it also cornered 54 percent versus 24 percent for GMA.

The ABS-CBN’s 25-year congressional franchise renewal to be renewed now under the 17th Congress of the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, it would be happen anymore.

House Bill Number 4997 or “An act renewing the franchise granted to ABS-CBN Corporation (formerly ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation) under Republic Act Number 7966 or ‘An act granting ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation a franchise to construct, install, establish, operate, and maintain broadcasting stations in the Philippines, and for other purposes’ for twenty-five (25) years from the effectivity of this act” filed by Baguio City Rep. Nicasio Aliping, Jr. on September 15, 2014.

“ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. is in a bind after failing to have its legislative franchise approved before the 16th Congress closed shop on June 6.
The Philippines’ largest radio-TV network is now looking down a more difficult road to getting a new, 25-year congressional franchise from the 17th Congress, especially in the face of its spat with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte and his supporters are unhappy about ABS-CBN’s attacks against him during the campaign season.
Two bills were introduced in the 16th Congress for the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise granted in March 1995: one by Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao, filed in September 2014, and another by Baguio Rep. Nicasio M. Aliping Jr., filed in December of the same year.
The bills would renew ABS-CBN’s right to operate TV and radio broadcasting stations in the Philippines through microwave, satellite or whatever means, including the use of new technologies in television and radio systems.
The Inquirer contacted several ABS-CBN executives for comment, but the Lopez-owned broadcast network declined to comment for now.
ABS-CBN’s 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 didn’t 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 Inquirer’s calls or text messages seeking comment,” said in the Inquirer’s frontpage last June 11, 2016. (Source: http://business.inquirer.net/210985/abs-cbn-in-a-bind-over-franchise-renewal)

ABS-CBN franchise expires in 2020: Should congress during Duterte admin renew it?

June 12, 2016

ABS-CBN has been accused of being biased against incoming President Rodrigo Duterte. Should the 17th Congress during his administration renew the network’s franchise expiring in 2020?

“Two bills were introduced in the 16th Congress for the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise granted in March 1995: one by Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao, filed in September 2014, and another by Baguio Rep. Nicasio M. Aliping Jr., filed in December of the same year,” INQUIRER.net reported.

“The bills would renew ABS-CBN’s right to operate TV and radio broadcasting stations in the Philippines through microwave, satellite or whatever means, including the use of new technologies in television and radio systems,” the report said.

According to the news website, the Kapamilya network’s 25-year franchise expires on March 30, 2020.

In a press statement posted on Instagram, ABS-CBN confirmed the date of expiry of their franchise.

“ABS-CBN Corporation’s franchise to operate and maintain television and radio broadcasting stations will expire in 2020,” the company said.

The broadcast giant also confirmed Inquirer’s report.

“ABS-CBN opted for an early renewal application in September 2014 and went through the normal legislative process. But due to time constraints, ABS-CBN later decided to withdraw the application with the intent of seeking renewal in the 17th Congress,” the network explained.

The 17th Congress’ term starts on July 25, 2016 and ends on June, 2019.

Duterte and his supporters are unhappy about ABS-CBN’s attacks against him during the campaign season, according to the Inquirer report.

ABS-CBN is among the media networks Duterte apparently boycotted and barred from covering his press conferences and activities. And there has been word that the network’s future is in peril.

ABS-CBN reacted and said:

Claims that the franchise will not be extended are purely speculative.
For the franchise renewal, we believe that our government will uphold the ideals of democracy including the rights to freedom of speech and expression.
ABS-CBN is committed to be in public service by providing news and information that matter to the Filipino, as we have been doing for the past decades.

This would have been a big story especially for those following the media, but is hardly defensible. Aside from basing a story on a single and anonymous source, the INQUIRER reporter writes about ABS-CBN’s “attacks” on Duterte as if it were matter of fact rather than just perception.

Franchise status

On a Philippine Daily Inquirer article published last June 11, Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao and Baguio City Rep. Nicasio Aliping filed their own versions of the renewal bill in 2014 to the 16th Congress but the network in hot water claimed that it was pulled out due to time constraints.

A member of the House in the committee of legislative franchise said that the renewal was timed to “avoid the risk of having to go through the process under an unfriendly administration.”

The aforementioned article reported strong objections of renewal come from:

  1. cable operators demanding a public hearing, and
  2. Former President Aquino’s allies in the House (because of the criticisms against him were “too personal and offensive and went to the point of nitpicking.”)

The news item added that without the franchise committee’s approval, ABS-CBN’s application for renewal “could not be tackled in the plenary.”

Had it hurdled over, political pessimists would’ve knew it better. Solons would’ve abused parliamentary procedures by postponing or evading debates on them or avoid the plenary session in order to miss the quorum and make alibis and/or doze off in Batasang Pambansa, splurging taxpayer’s money and earning the taxpayers’ ire.

However, Mother Ignacia’s public relations (PR) department replied that the chance of non-renewal is “purely speculative.”

WHAT IF, NOTWITHSTANDING THE EXISTING CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS, THE PRESIDENT DECLARES MARTIAL LAW AND CLOSE ABS-CBN? “That’s not possible and the Company can not do that. This is the reason why ABS-CBN is there and through the principles of checks and balances. this assured us that this thing will not happen”, says ABS-CBN Integrated Corporate Communications head Kane Errol Choa on proposed Senate and House hearings about ABS-CBN’s 25-year franchise renewal in the Congress.

Grudge match: ATV (HK) vs. ABS-CBN (PH)

ATV was founded in 1957 as the first free-to-air TV network in the then sole British colony of East Asia. In the early 2000s, the quality of programming was deteriorated and they bowed down the ratings game to the biggest rival, Television Broadcasts Ltd (TVB). The early 2010s saw the domination of criticisms and claims against the progenitor network from Hong Kongers to Beijing’s Central Government. In 2015, the SAR government decided not to renew their franchise following low ratings, less revenue generation and less credibility. Last April, the company relegated to production house and their frequencies (both analog and digital) were given to the government-owned RTHK (analog) for the first time to earn their television service and ViuTV (digital) after 59 years. Digital television there is still in transition and would be completed by 2020, the same year as the Philippines will attain.

Yet, this is not the case of ABS-CBN; they are the consistent massive revenue rider — a cash cow, if you can call it — despite the criticisms in news and entertainment. They are consistent both in the national ratings and trending topics. Not to mention, they are absolutely advantageous among major networks in almost every repertoire of broadcasting services and functions. Emulating the Hong Kong’s case, ABS would’ve surpassed the hurdle — operations and finance wise — and have another chance to run 25 more years but IBC 13 would’ve been the victim.

About the company

ABS-CBN Corporation is the largest entertainment and media conglomerate in the Philippines. It is one of the core company which makes up the Lopez Group, a group of companies and conglomerates headed by an influential Filipino family. It was formed by the merger of Alto Broadcasting System (founded as Bolinao Electronics Corporation in 1946 by American electronics engineer James Lindenberg and Antonio Quirino) and the Chronicle Broadcasting Network (founded in 1956 by media tycoon Eugenio Lopez, Sr. and his brother, the then-Philippine Vice-President Fernando Lopez). It was incorporated as the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation on February 1, 1967, and it shortened its corporate name to simply ABS-CBN Corporation in 2010 to reflect the company’s diversification. The common shares of ABS-CBN was first traded in the Philippine Stock Exchange in July 1992 under the ticker symbol ABS and as of March 2016 has a market capitalization of over 50 billion pesos.

It owns and operates two national television networks (ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN Sports + Action), two regional radio networks (Radyo Patrol and My Only Radio for life!), six international television channels (ABS-CBN News Channel, ABS-CBN Sports + Action, Cinema One, Lifestyle, Myx TV, and The Filipino Channel), two international radio channels (MOR 101.9 For Life! and DZMM Radyo Patrol 630), along with subsidiaries and divisions dealing in telecommunications (ABS-CBN Mobile and Sky), cable television programming and distribution (ABS-CBN Cable Channels), news programming (ABS-CBN News), sports programming (ABS-CBN Sports), regional programming (ABS-CBN Regional), digital media (ABS-CBN Digital Media), film and television production and distribution (STAR Cinema), music and video production and publishing (STAR Music), print publishing (ABS-CBN Publishing), talent development and management (STAR Magic), home TV shopping (O Shopping), and a theme park (KidZania Manila). It is also the principal owner of ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra along with its sister company First Philippine Holdings Corporation.

ABS-CBN (an initialism of the network’s former names, Alto Broadcasting System – Chronicle Broadcasting Network) is a Filipino commercial broadcast television network that is the flagship property of ABS-CBN Corporation, a company under the Lopez Holdings Corporation. The network is headquartered at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City, with additional offices and production facilities in 25 major cities including Iloilo, Cebu, and Davao. ABS-CBN is formally referred to as “The Kapamilya Network”, a Filipino word which means a member of a family, and was originally introduced in 2003 during the celebration of the 50th year anniversary of Philippine television. It is the largest television network in the country in terms of revenues, assets, and international coverage.

ABS-CBN is the oldest television broadcaster in Southeast Asia and one of the oldest commercial television broadcaster in Asia. It is also the leading television network in the Philippines with advertising revenues of 21.2 billion pesos for the fiscal year of 2015.

ABS-CBN’s first ever television broadcast was on October 23, 1953 as Alto Broadcasting System (ABS) on DZAQ-TV, just 3 months after the first broadcast of Japan’s Nippon Television. It is also the first television network in Southeast Asia to broadcast in color, the first television network in the Philippines to formally launch a digital terrestrial television service, and the first broadcast television network in the Philippines to formally launch in high-definition.

Today, the flagship television station of ABS-CBN is DWWX-TV (ABS-CBN TV-2 Manila). The network operates across the Philippine archipelago through its ABS-CBN Regional division which controls 80 television stations. Its programs are also available outside the Philippines through the global subscription television channel The Filipino Channel (TFC) which is now available in over three million paying households worldwide as well as terrestrially in Guam through KEQI-LP. Since 2011, the network is on test broadcast for digital terrestrial television using the Japanese standard ISDB-T in select areas in the Philippines. On October 3, 2015, ABS-CBN started to broadcast in high-definition on select direct-to-home cable television providers and later on direct-to-home satellite television.

“We’ll everything has been approved. We are still awaiting the Office of the President (Philippines)’ approval and signature of the ABS-CBN’s 25-year franchise renewal into law. After that, it should be a go,” ABS-CBN Corporation president Carlo Katigbak told reporters in a recent interview.

The said bill would renew ABS-CBN’s right to operate TV and radio broadcasting stations in the Philippines through microwave, satellite or whatever means, including the use of new technologies in television and radio systems.

However, it was finally passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on (date) and (date), respectively. The law provides for a 6-month transition period “for the full implementation of company’s assets, network’s divisions (Central Library, Engineering, Entertainment, I-Post, News Archive, TOC (Technical Operations Center), Traffic, News and Publishing), departments and personnel” and the Company will infuse ₱___ billion to revitalize the station and make it “digital competitive”.

The new law addresses two main problems of ABS-CBN for the past two decades, the “financial hemorrhage” marked by the depletion of the station’s capital and the lack of a stable source of income.

Under the leadership of President and CEO Carlo Katigbak, the network will undergo a major revitalization plan to improved the station’s programming and expanding nationwide presence to being at par with NBC of the US, ITV and Channel 4 of the United Kingdom, Televisa of Mexico and to bring back its glorious years as one of the Top 6 television networks in the country in the 1990s and 2000s.

“Section 18 Article VII of the 1987 Constitution provides for the grounds and circumstances for the declaration of martial law. Absence of such grounds, the President cannot declare Martial Law. Congress can revoke the declaration of martial law by the President. And the Supreme Court, upon a petition by any citizen, may review the factual basis of the declaration of martial law by the president.”

“It appears now under the 1987 Constitution the President cannot just declare martial law.”

Pending the rehabilitation and revitalization initiatives, ABS-CBN still managed to perform its duties despite operating on little to budget. ABS-CBN was able to cover the following historic events and even managed to outrank bigger news organizations in terms of audience share: May 2013 National Elections, US President Barack Obama’s Visit in Manila, and Pope Francis’ Visit in January 2015, among others.

Katigbak who earlier mentioned his plan to revamp ABS-CBN and pattern it after NBCUniversal, said that he wants to streamline and maximize the company’s assets and is primarily involved in the media and entertainment industries; among its most significant divisions are ABS-CBN, the main channel and one of the Philippines “Big Three” television networks, and the major film studio STAR Cinema.  It has a significant presence in broadcasting through a portfolio of domestic and international properties, including terrestrial and pay television outlets.

Because of the ongoing Modernization Plan, the Network has transitioned from standard definition (SD) to high-definition (HD) video capture and processing. To date, a total of 16 stations have already been put back on-air, compared to that of 2013 when only five relay stations were operational. Because of the Network’s ongoing technical upgrade and revitalization, ABS-CBN has extended its reach and coverage to approximately 85 percent of the television viewing public nationwide.

The entertainment and media conglomerate’s flagship property has denied a report claiming that it will be closedown in 2020.


ABS-CBN Corporation’s organizational structure is composed of a set of a Board of Directors, the Office of the Network General Manager and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Broadcast, and eight (8) divisions.

The corporate powers of the Network, all business conducted and all its property are held by a set of Board of Directors appointed by the Chairman, based on a short list. The Board is composed of two (2) members from the government sector, two (2) members from the private sector, one (1) of whom shall have at least ten (10) years of experience in the broadcast industry; and one (1) member from the educational sector. The Board of Directors elects among them a Chairperson, and a Network General Manager who serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Broadcast of the Company.

Currently, ABS-CBN is made up of eight (8) divisions: ABS-CBN Access, ABS-CBN Digital Media, ABS-CBN Entertainment, ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs, ABS-CBN Regional, ABS-CBN Sports and Star Creatives.

The Network has its main station in Quezon City, being supported by 141 provincial stations all over strategic points in the country such as:

  1. Laoag, Ilocos Norte (originating station)
  2. Vigan, Ilocos Sur (relay station)
  3. Tuguegarao (relay station)
  4. Cabarroguis, Quirino (relay station)
  5. Basco, Batanes (relay station)
  6. Aparri, Cagayan (relay station)
  7. Santiago, Isabela (originating station)
  8. Ilagan, Isabela (relay station)
  9. Cauayan, Isabela (relay station)
  10. Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (relay station)
  11. Baguio (originating station)
  12. San Fernando, La Union (relay station)
  13. Bangued (relay station)
  14. Tabuk (relay station)
  15. Bontoc, Mountain Province (relay station)
  16. Sagada, Mountain Province (relay station)
  17. Mt. Sto Tomas, Benguet (relay station)
  18. Dagupan (originating station)
  19. Cabanatuan (relay station)
  20. Gapan (relay station)
  21. Baler, Aurora (relay station)
  22. Olongapo City, Zambales (relay station)
  23. Subic, Zambales (relay station)
  24. Iba, Zambales (relay station)
  25. Botolan, Zambales (relay station)
  26. City of San Fernando, Pampanga (originating station)
  27. Tarlac City, Tarlac (relay station)
  28. Balanga, Bataan (relay station)
  29. San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan (relay station)
  30. Malolos (relay station)
  31. Plaridel (relay station)
  32. San Miguel, Bulacan (relay station)
  33. Obando, Bulacan (relay station)
  34. Meycauayan, Bulacan (relay station)
  35. Tagaytay City, Cavite (relay station)
  36. Tanza, Cavite (relay station)
  37. Cainta, Rizal (relay station)
  38. Rodriguez, Rizal (relay station)
  39. Morong, Rizal (relay station)
  40. San Mateo, Rizal (relay station)
  41. Jala-Jala, Rizal (relay station)
  42. Calamba, Laguna (relay station)
  43. San Pablo, Laguna (relay station)
  44. Batangas City (originating station)
  45. Mt. Banoy, Batangas (relay station)
  46. Lipa City (relay station)
  47. Lucena City (relay station)
  48. Infanta, Quezon (relay station)
  49. Romblon, Romblon (relay station)
  50. Masbate City (relay station)
  51. Mobo, Masbate (translator station)
  52. Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (relay station)
  53. San Jose, Occidental Mindoro (relay station)
  54. Boac, Marinduque (relay station)
  55. Puerto Princesa, Palawan (originating station)
  56. Brooke’s Point, Palawan (relay station)
  57. Coron, Palawan (relay station)
  58. El Nido, Palawan (relay station)
  59. Naga (originating station)
  60. Iriga (relay station)
  61. Goa (relay station)
  62. Daet (relay station)
  63. Legaspi City (relay station)
  64. Malilipot, Albay (relay station)
  65. Tabaco, Albay (relay station)
  66. Sorsogon City (affiliate station)
  67. Caramoran (translator station)
  68. Panganiban, Catanduanes (translator station)
  69. San Miguel, Catanduanes (translator station)
  70. Virac (relay station)
  71. Boracay (originating station)
  72. San Jose de Buenavista, Antique
  73. Bagacay, Antique
  74. Caluya, Antique
  75. Iloilo City (originating station)
  76. Miagao, Iloilo (translator station)
  77. Jordan, Guimaras (relay station)
  78. Kalibo, Aklan (relay station)
  79. Roxas City (relay station)
  80. Bacolod City (originating station)
  81. Cadiz (relay station)
  82. Victorias (relay station)
  83. Binalbagan, Negros Occidental (relay station)
  84. Guihulngan, Negros Oriental (relay station)
  85. Cebu City (originating station)
  86. Barili, Cebu (relay station)
  87. Toledo, Cebu (relay station)
  88. Samboan, Cebu (relay station)
  89. Jagna, Bohol (relay station)
  90. Sipalay (relay station)
  91. Dumaguete (originating station)
  92. Tanjay (relay station)
  93. Tacloban (originating station)
  94. Ormoc (relay station)
  95. Naval, Biliran (relay station)
  96. Capoocan, Leyte (relay station)
  97. Isabel, Leyte (relay station)
  98. Basey, Samar (relay station)
  99. Calbayog (relay station)
  100. Borongan, Eastern Samar (relay station)
  101. Catbalogan (relay station)
  102. Catarman, Northern Samar (relay station)
  103. Zamboanga (originating station)
  104. Dipolog (originating station)
  105. Dapitan (relay station)
  106. Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay (relay station)
  107. Pagadian (originating station)
  108. Cagayan de Oro (originating station)
  109. Gingoog (relay station)
  110. Ozamis (relay station)
  111. Iligan (relay station)
  112. Marawi (relay station)
  113. Malaybalay, Bukidnon (relay station)
  114. Maramag, Bukidnon (relay station)
  115. Valencia, Bukidnon (relay station)
  116. Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon (relay station)
  117. Mambajao, Camiguin (relay station)
  118. Davao City (originating station)
  119. Panabo City (relay station)
  120. Tagum (relay station)
  121. Mati, Davao Oriental (relay station)
  122. Digos (relay station)
  123. Nabunturan, Compostela Valley (relay station)
  124. General Santos (originating station)
  125. Polomolok (relay station)
  126. Koronadal (relay station)
  127. Butuan (originating station)
  128. Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur (relay station)
  129. San Francisco, Agusan del Sur (relay station)
  130. Tandag (relay station)
  131. Surigao (relay station)
  132. Bislig, Surigao del Sur (relay station)
  133. Dinagat Island (relay station)
  134. Cotabato (originating station)
  135. Kidapawan (relay station)
  136. Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (relay station)
  137. Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao (relay station)
  138. Alabel, Sarangani (relay station)
  139. Surallah, South Cotabato (relay station)
  140. Lebak, Sultan Kudarat (relay station)
  141. Jolo, Sulu (relay station)
  142. Bongao, Tawi-Tawi (relay station)


  • President & Chief Executive Officer CARLO JOAQUIN TADEO L. KATIGBAK
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors EUGENIO LOPEZ III
  • Board Member, President & Chief Executive Officer CHARO SANTOS-CONCIO
  • Board Member OSCAR M. LOPEZ
  • Board Member FEDERICO R. LOPEZ
  • Board Member MANUEL M. LOPEZ
  • Board Member SALVADOR G. TIRONA
  • Board Member FEDERICO M. GARCIA
  • Board Member, Independent Director ANTONIO JOSE U. PERIQUET
  • Board Member, Independent Director EMMANUEL S. DE DIOS
  • Head-Business Development LUIS PAOLO PINEDA
  • Head-Internal Audit HIGINO DUNGO JR.
  • General Manager and Chief Operating Officer for Broadcast Maria Socorro D. Valenzuela-Vidanes
  • Chief Operating Officer for STAR Creatives Maria Lourdes Santos
  • Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Risk Management Officer RAYMUND MARTIN MIRANDA
  • Chief Financial Officer ALDRIN CERRADO
  • Chief Technology Officer RAUL PEDRO BULAONG
  • Chief Information Officer MARK LOPEZ
  • Head-Integrated Sales JOSE AGUSTIN BENITEZ
  • Head-Integrated Marketing MARIA ROSARIO BARTOLOME
  • Head-Integrated Creative Communications Management ROBERT LABAYEN
  • Head-Integrated Customer Business Development VIVIAN TIN
  • Head-Integrated Corporate Communications KANE ERROL CHOA
  • Head-International Sales & Distribution EVELYN RAYMUNDO
  • Head-ABS-CBNmobile and Head-Customer Relationship Management FERNANDO VILLAR
  • Head, Regional Abigail Aquino
  • Chief Digital Officer DONALD LIM

Definite inaction

This is where their legions, as mentioned earlier, stand. If the 17th Congress to act on renewal like the last one earlier, there will be consequences for Mother Ignacia.

Aside from the main channel (VHF 2) in Manila that would be disappear, her sister channel S+A 23, her free-to-air regional channels, her cable channels (including the ABS-CBN Regional Channel) and exclusive digital sub-channels on their TV Plus will follow suit.

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Other related ventures such as Sky Cable and may continue provide the same service as long as they have their distinctive license permitting to do so but their own digibox, the TV Plus, would be enforced to be impartial than to be exclusive as it was before.

Some websites and social media accounts will remain functional but it will be treated evenly as Rappler does. ABS-CBN Sports will either be dissolved or will relegate into a block timer equal to the status of ATC Sports (still with IBC) and Sports Vision (was with PTV and GMA “News” TV).

Other divisions such as film (Star Cinema), music (Star Music) and print publishing will continue to function.

The anime and educational shows aired on weekdays from 8 to 10:30 a.m. after the morning news program “Umagang Kay Ganda“, and followed by “Magandang Buhay“, now on its new timeslot at 10:30 a.m.

Four classic TV shows are reviving – the interactive game show “Pilipinas, Game Ka Na Ba?” will be aired at 5:45 p.m. before the evening news program “TV Patrol”, Star Magic Presents, will be aired every Saturday at 4 p.m. followed by “Gokada Let’s Go!” at 5 p.m., and the general talk show “Sharon” will air at 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Channel 2, the flagship property of the Company, it will have a revamped schedule upon the renew the 25-year congressional franchise into law (Republic Act 10___) or “An act renewing the franchise granted to ABS-CBN Corporation (formerly ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation) under Republic Act Number 7966 or ‘An act granting ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation a franchise to construct, install, establish, operate, and maintain broadcasting stations in the Philippines, and for other purposes’ for twenty-five (25) years from the effectivity of this act”:

Monday to Wednesday

  • 3:55 am – Kape’t Pandasal
  • 4 am – Gising, Pilipinas!
  • 5 am – Umagang Kay Ganda
  • 8 am – Swak na Swak
  • 8:30 am – Anime and Educational Shows
  • 10:30 am – Magandang Buhay
  • 11:30 am – Drama
  • 12:25 pm – TV Patrol Noontime
  • 12:30 pm – Magandang Tanghali, Bayan! (Live)
  • 2:30 pm – Drama
  • 3:30 pm – Drama
  • 4:15 pm – Drama
  • 5 pm –
    • Mission Possible
    • My Puhunan
    • Red Alert
  • 5:30 pm – Pilipinas, Game Ka Na Ba?
  • 6:30 pm – TV Patrol
  • 7:30 pm – Drama
  • 8:25 pm – Drama
  • 9:20 pm – Drama
  • 10:10 pm – Kapamilya Comedy
  • 11:40 pm – SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon
  • 12:10 am – The World Tonight
  • 12:40 am –
    • Mukha
    • Patrol ng Pilipino
    • Krusada
  • 1 am – O Shopping


  • 3:55 am – Kape’t Pandasal
  • 4 am – Gising, Pilipinas!
  • 5 am – Umagang Kay Ganda
  • 8 am – Anime and Educational Shows
  • 10:30 am – Magandang Buhay
  • 11:30 am – Drama
  • 12:25 pm – TV Patrol Noontime
  • 12:30 pm – Magandang Tanghali, Bayan! (Live)
  • 2:30 pm – Drama
  • 3:30 pm – Drama
  • 4:15 pm – Drama
  • 5:00 pm – Sports U
  • 5:30 pm – Pilipinas, Game Ka Na Ba?
  • 6:30 pm – TV Patrol
  • 7:30 pm – Drama
  • 8:25 pm – Drama
  • 9:20 pm – Drama
  • 10:10 pm – Maalaala Mo Kaya
  • 11:40 pm – SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon
  • 12:10 am – The World Tonight
  • 12:40 am – #NoFilter with Teddy Boy Locsin
  • 1:10 am – O Shopping


  • 3:55 am – Kape’t Pandasal
  • 4 am – Gising, Pilipinas!
  • 5 am – Umagang Kay Ganda
  • 8 am – Anime and Educational Shows
  • 10:30 am – Magandang Buhay
  • 11:30 am – Drama
  • 12:25 pm – TV Patrol Noontime
  • 12:30 pm – Magandang Tanghali, Bayan! (Live)
  • 2:30 pm – Drama
  • 3:30 pm – Drama
  • 4:15 pm – Drama
  • 5 pm – TNT: Tapatan ni Tunying
  • 5:30 pm – Pilipinas, Game Ka Na Ba?
  • 6:30 pm – TV Patrol
  • 7:30 pm – Drama
  • 8:25 pm – Drama
  • 9:20 pm – Drama
  • 10:10 pm – Movie and Special (Friday)
  • 12:10 am – SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon
  • 12:40 am – The World Tonight
  • 1:10 am – S.O.C.O. (Scene of the Crime Operatives)
  • 2:10 am – O Shopping

* A fourth drama, served as a temporary replacement for Chinese, Korean or Japanese drama, The Biggest Loser or Pinoy Big Brother, would aired after drama and before SNN.


  • 4 am – Family Rosary Crusade
  • 5 am – Ang Iglesia ni Cristo
  • 6 am – Salamat Dok!
  • 7 am – Swak na Swak
  • 7:30 am – CNBC’s Managing Asia
  • 8 am – Cartoons
  • 10 am – Kapamilya Blockbusters
  • 12 pm – Magandang Tanghali, Bayan! (Live)
  • 2:30 pm – Ipaglaban Mo!
  • 4 pm – Star Magic Presents
  • 5 pm – Gokada Let’s Go!
  • 5:30 pm – TV Patrol
  • 6 pm – Home, Sweetie, Home
  • 7:30 pm – Sabado Movie Specials
  • 9:30 pm –
  • 10:30 pm – The Bottomline with Boy Abunda
  • 11:30 pm – The Weekend News
  • 12 am – O Shopping

(*) Ibalik ang SCQ and it’s better to revive Pinoy Dream Academy than this, The Voice Season 3, The X Factor PH (Kung Babalik sya) and a Pinoy Version of La Banda ang possible ma salang.


  • 5:30 am – Pluma
  • 6 am – The Healing Eucharist
  • 7 am – Salamat Dok!
  • 8 am – Swak na Swak
  • 8:30 am –
  • 10 am – Matanglawin (Kim Atienza)
  • 11 am – Mutya ng Masa (Doris Bigornia)
  • 12 am – ASAP
  • 2:30 pm – Your Song Presents
  • 4 pm – The Buzz
  • 5:30 pm – TV Patrol
  • 6 pm – Goin’ Bulilit
  • 7 pm – Sharon
  • 8 pm – Wansapanataym
  • 9:30 pm –
  • 10:30 pm – Gandang Gabi, Vice!
  • 11:30 pm – Sunday’s Best
  • 1:30 am – The Weekend News
  • 2 am – Urban Zone
  • 2:30 am – O Shopping

A copy of the new law was transmitted to ABS-CBN Corporation Chairman Eugenio Lopez III and Integrated Corporate Communications Head Kane Errol Choa by the Malacañang Records Office on TBA.


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