NTC Orders Shutdown Of ABS-CBN

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The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered ABS-CBN to “cease and desist” from broadcasting on television and radio.

The order came after the company’s 25-year operating franchise expired.

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In a cease-and-desist order dated May 5, the agency said the network must stop its broadcast operations “due to the expiration of its congressional franchise.”

They said that ABS-CBN should “stop operating its various TV and radio broadcasting stations nationwide ‘absent a valid Congressional Franchise as required by law’.”

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The halt order includes 42 national television stations including flagship Channel 2. As well as, 10 digital broadcasting outlets, 18 FM stations and 5 AM stations, including DZMM radio.

As a result, three hashtags related to this started trending worldwide. In fact, top 1-3 trends are ABS-CBN related.

The hashtag “NoToABSCBNShutDown trends at number 1. ‘ABS-CBN’ trends at number 2, and #DefendPressFreedom trends at number 3.

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In addition to this, a lot of netizens are not happy about the congress’ decision to shut down the country’s biggest broadcasting network.

Some of them are even fearing that this is the start of Martial Law.

Here are some of the tweets:

The world is under a pandemic and is facing a global economic crisis, the timing of this is not only off but wrong as well.

It is believed that around 11,000 ABS-CBN employees will lose their jobs because of the shut down. What will happen to them now?

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