Philippines largest TV network ABS-CBN shutdown

Philippines largest TV network ABS-CBN shutdown
The National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) cease and desist order against ABS-CBN’s free television and radio broadcasts was complied with by the network on Tuesday, March 5.

This is the second time since ABS-CBN went off the air since 1972, when then dictator Ferdinand Marcos seized the network. It was restored to the Lopez when Marcos’ government was toppled after a popular revolt.


The country’s largest television network, which started in 1953, stopped broadcasting at 7:46 p.m. with the lead anchors of the polar Noli De Castro, Bernadette Sembrano and Tel Failon thanking their loyal viewers.

De Castro struck a defiant tone before signing off.

“We will not remain silent on this attack to our democracy,” De Castro said.

Here are some of the network’s last heart-wrenching moments on air:

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Several of the network’s officials, including President and CEO Carlo Katigbak and ABS-CBN Corporation Chair Mark Lopez, spoke during a portion of primetime news program TV Patrol.

“We are asking for your continued support so that we may continue our service through our broadcasts,” Katigbak said.

He said ABS-CBN also complied with all requirements of its franchise renewal and broke now laws.

After TV Patrol, ABS-CBN formally signed off.  DZMM’s AM and MOR’s FM radio broadcasts also fell silent, along with their corresponding livestreams online.

NTC released the order after ABS-CBN’s legislative franchise expired on May 4. Lawmakers were expecting NTC to release a provisional franchise to the network to give the House of Representatives time to discuss issues hounding the media giant.

RELATED: Only Congress can decide on ABS-CBN franchise

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