THE PHILIPPINES: Parliament refuses to renew licence and ABS-CBN appeals

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ABS-CBN is continuing to operate on the internet with its news sites, TV streaming channels and pay TV
ABS-CBN is continuing to operate on the internet with its news sites, TV streaming channels and pay TV
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The hard line taken by President Rodrigo Duderte has the upper hand. Parliament has refused to renew ABS-CBN’s broadcasting licence, that was due to last for another 25 years. The first problems began in March 2020 (we spoke about this here). The reasons for the dispute were unfavourable news coverage of the president and not broadcasting election commercials. Radio and TV frequencies have been turned off since May 5th, 2020, while awaiting a decision (we spoke about this here). The multimedia group that owns 16 radio stations and employs 11,000 people) has appealed.

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