Giorgidi Aggabao, filed in September 2014, and another by Baguio Rep. Aliping Jr., filed in December of the same year,” 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.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. 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.
(Source: 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.
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. 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.
All 120 primary LGUs are under direct administrative supervision of the President of the Philippines.
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. 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.
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 opted for an early renewal application in September 2014 and went through the normal legislative process.