'TV group opposes ABS-CBN's continued operations'

'TV group opposes ABS-CBN's continued operations'

The one month extension given to television giant ABS-CBN by the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) to operate is about to end amid the pandemic brought about by the COVID-19 a television group has made it known that it still does not want the Lopez-owned corporation to operate.
The Federation of International Cable T.V. and Telecommunications Association of the Philippines, or FICTAP, penned a letter to the NTC, urging the agency not to grant provisional authority to ABS-CBN, which the commission committed to do last March 10.

FICTAP is a group of micro and medium cable TV operators from all over the country, composed of 600 member-operators, including Bohol Cable TV, Buenavista Cable in Antique, and Maguindanao Sky, among others.

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FICTAP is of the opinion that as mandated by law, broadcasting companies should have congressional franchises in order to operate, citing previous cases. Should ABS-CBN remain on-air after May 4, the date when its franchise was supposed to end, the NTC should issue a show cause and cease and desist order to the network.

NTC earlier said that it will grant provisional authority to ABS-CBN while the renewal of its franchise is pending in the House of Representatives, and as per the advise of the Department of Justice.

FICTAP also reiterates the violation committed by ABS-CBN such as the alleged unlicensed pay-per-view options.

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