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FALSE: ABS-CBN’s 1995 franchise allows only one channel

May 28, 2020 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) Nothing in ABS-CBN’s 1995 franchise says that it allows the broadcast of only one channel

ABS-CBN employees petition House to grant network new franchise

May 23, 2020 - 4:39 PM

The petition, which got over a million signatures in just day, is launched days before the House hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal bills

Employees and supporters of ABS CBN continue their Friday protest to demand from the government to renew their franchise on February 28, 2020. Holding a rally at the ABS CBN compound at Sgt. Esquearra in Quezon City. Reiterating their call to defend press freedom and vowed to continue the protest actions until the franchise have been renewed. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Harry Roque scolds reporter – the wrong one – during live briefing

May 20, 2020 - 12:25 AM

In the end, the question is left unanswered: why can't government do widespread mass testing for the novel coronavirus?

BACK AGAIN. President Rodrigo Duterte re-appoints lawyer Harry Roque as presidential spokesperson. Malacañang file photo

#CourageON: Filipinos urge lawmakers to act on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal

May 13, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Filipinos join MovePH's online campaign to tag their representatives on social media, in a bid to move forward deliberations on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal

Sign the petition: Join the call urging gov’t to put ABS-CBN back on air

May 13, 2020 - 3:14 PM

To persuade government agencies to act on the matter, the petition appeals to the NTC, Supreme Court, and the House of Representatives

Screenshot of change.org petition

Angelica Panganiban on network shutdown: ABS-CBN isn't the enemy, the virus is

May 13, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The actress lists down what she says are the real issues: free mass testing, aid for the vulnerable, the country's healthcare system, job losses, and hunger

TRUTH TO POWER. Actress Angelica Panganiban reminds viewers – and perhaps, the government – of what the real problems in this pandemic area. Screenshot from Angel Locsin's Facebook

FALSE: ABS-CBN's franchise was not renewed because of pay-per-view service

May 12, 2020 - 2:00 PM

ABS-CBN's franchise was delayed because it was not prioritized by Congress

[EDITORIAL] Huwag payagang maveerus ang ating kalayaan

May 11, 2020 - 1:27 PM

Sa pagitan ni Cordoba, Cayetano at Calida sino ang may sala? Aba’y silang lahat, pati na ang boss nila, si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte

Coco Martin on ABS-CBN shutdown: ‘Buti pa 'yung POGO, pinaglalaban 'nyo’

May 09, 2020 - 6:18 PM

The actor continues to criticize the government’s move to shut down the operations of his home network

COCO MARTIN. The actor criticizes the government for the ABS-CBN shutdown. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

'You took out our right to seek justice': Bela Padilla speaks up on ABS-CBN shutdown

May 09, 2020 - 4:44 PM

'What does the law do for us, the citizens, the taxpayers?' The Kapamilya actress shares her thoughts on the 'dura lex sed lex' argument.

LOOK: ABS-CBN artists lead #LabanKapamilya campaign

May 09, 2020 - 3:16 PM

ABS-CBN's contract artists and employees take their #LabanKapamilya campaign online

'An assault on democracy': ABS-CBN exec, advocates hit NTC over shutdown order

May 08, 2020 - 9:12 PM

ABS-CBN news head Ging Reyes calls for support from fellow media workers and the public to fight for free press during the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines' Black Friday protest

The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Ricky Carandang on politics and press freedom

May 08, 2020 - 5:15 PM

'As a democracy with not very strong institutions, you need people in the media to provide that check and balance,' says former Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang following the ABS-CBN shutdown

After ABS-CBN’s shutdown, campus publications refuse to be silent

May 08, 2020 - 11:38 AM

Campus publications stand with ABS-CBN and band together with fellow journalists to make their voices heard

Rappler Talk: Covering the unthinkable shutdown with ABS-CBN's Mike Navallo

May 08, 2020 - 11:10 AM

What is it like to cover the justice beat at a time when journalists themselves figure into the Duterte administration's novel legal actions against dissenters?


[OPINION] Campus journalists, now is the time to speak up

May 08, 2020 - 8:09 AM

'Campus journalism goes beyond medals and certificates.... With or without press conference season, student writers should always speak up.'

Sharon Cuneta turns emotional as she talks about ABS-CBN staff, crew's welfare

May 07, 2020 - 9:58 PM

'My heart is breaking,' Sharon says after the sign-off on May 5

How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the media

May 07, 2020 - 8:43 PM

Journalists and media workers are still covering the COVID-19 pandemic despite budget cuts, threats to press freedom, and risk of possible infection

'TV Patrol' airs despite NTC's cease and desist order

May 07, 2020 - 8:26 PM

ABS-CBN's news program is broadcast online and on ANC for the first time since the NTC issued a cease and desist order against the network

The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#CourageON: Tag your representative to act on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

May 07, 2020 - 7:20 PM

There are at least 9 bills filed with Congress seeking the network’s franchise renewal

ABS-CBN to Supreme Court: NTC shutdown violates press freedom

May 07, 2020 - 6:08 PM

'Strong public interest and equity demand that ABS-CBN be allowed to continue its operations,' ABS-CBN's lawyers tell the Supreme Court

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


13 senators urge NTC to reconsider ABS-CBN shutdown order

May 07, 2020 - 5:04 PM

13 senators file a resolution asking the Senate to express its sense on the National Telecommunications Commission shutdown order against ABS-CBN

'RECONSIDER'. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ABS-CBN runs to Supreme Court to stop NTC shutdown

May 07, 2020 - 4:16 PM

(UPDATED) The main petition wants to void the NTC shutdown order entirely

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Richard Gomez says gov't responsible for ABS-CBN shutdown

May 07, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Communications Undersecretary Rocky Ignacio asks actor-turned-Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez for a message to his friends at ABS-CBN and he says the unexpected

GOVERNMENT REPONSIBLE. Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, who spent years as an actor at ABS-CBN, says government is responsible for the media giant's shutdown. File photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

[OPINION] How a death in Manila led to the fall of a media giant

May 07, 2020 - 2:30 PM

No single event led to this. No lone person could have pulled it off without our apathy.... By enabling or ignoring the gradual erosion of the rule of law, we all made this possible.

From Luzon to Mindanao, media groups condemn ABS-CBN shutdown

May 07, 2020 - 2:11 PM

(UPDATED) Media workers nationwide issue statements and gather to protest the order of the National Telecommunications Commission to shut down ABS-CBN

PROTEST. Members and officers of the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club and NUJP Baguio Benguet protest government closure of ABS-CBN in front of the Baguio city Hall. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] ABS-CBN closure: An attack on citizen rights

May 07, 2020 - 11:28 AM

ABS-CBN will be back, and soon, because it has the support of the people

Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos back ABS-CBN, express hope closure will end soon

May 06, 2020 - 10:51 PM

'Naniniwala ako na sa panahong ito ay dapat magmalasakitan ang bawat isa, Kapuso man o Kapamilya,' says the country's 'Superstar'

In rural areas of Cebu, ABS-CBN the only information source for some families

May 06, 2020 - 7:55 PM

While ABS-CBN programming is still available online, many homes in rural areas still get their content from TV and radio

SHUTDOWN. The ABS-CBN office in Cebu closed the same day the National Telecommunications Commission ordered the broadcast network to stop operating. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Rappler Talk with Korina Sanchez: 'We are at a crossroads'

May 06, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Korina Sanchez tells Rappler’s Maria Ressa what it felt like to watch ABS-CBN go off-air two days after World Press Freedom Day

LIST: What programs were on ABS-CBN the day government shut it down?

May 06, 2020 - 5:06 PM

Which ABS-CBN shows are you going to miss the most?

How foreign media are covering ABS-CBN's shutdown

May 06, 2020 - 4:51 PM

(UPDATED) Media abroad are highlighting the closure of the Philippines' 'largest TV network' amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Stifling ABS-CBN deprives Filipinos of vital information, schools say

May 06, 2020 - 4:24 PM

(UPDATED) ‘We need a free press to serve as the public’s watchdog of inept, abusive, and corrupt governance,’ one school statement reads

'I'm getting the martial law feels': Negrenses hit ABS-CBN shutdown

May 06, 2020 - 3:02 PM

ABS-CBN is popular on the island in Western Visayas that hosts one of its local stations

OFF-AIR. The National Telecommunications Commission issues a cease and desist order against ABS-CBN on May 5, 2010

[ANALYSIS] Duterte and Congress closed down ABS-CBN

May 06, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Yes, the NTC is wrong in its cease and desist order. But President Duterte is overall responsible; House leaders are complicit.

ABS-CBN's last sign-off (for a while), and the voice behind it

May 06, 2020 - 2:41 PM

Peter Musñgi, whose voice is familiar to generations of Filipinos, is the last voice many hears as ABS-CBN is forced to sign off

OFF-AIR. ABS-CBN airs its sign-off at 7:52 pm on May 5 as it complies with a cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission. Screenshot from YouTube.com/TheABSCBNNews

Mindanao journalists slam NTC's shutdown order vs ABS-CBN

May 06, 2020 - 1:51 PM

'We are therefore calling on Congress to immediately remedy the situation by approving ABS-CBN's application renewal with due haste, and for NTC to issue a temporary permit while the matter is being tackled by our legislators'

FALSE: Duterte 'completely neutral' on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

May 06, 2020 - 1:34 PM

For years, President Duterte has threatened to block ABS-CBN's franchise renewal

NEUTRAL? President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech on January 17, 2020. Malacañang photo

Calida: Blame Congress, not me, for off-the-air ABS-CBN

May 06, 2020 - 1:29 PM

'Why hasn’t Congress acted on it? Who is at fault here?' says Solicitor General Jose Calida the morning after a cease and desist order silences the Philippine broadcast behemoth


Following shutdown, artists rally behind ABS-CBN through protest art

May 06, 2020 - 11:42 AM

From voicing out their support to creating images that showed the company colors of ABS-CBN, artists express solidarity with the media giant, its workers, and Filipino supporters

LIST: Where you can still access ABS-CBN content

May 06, 2020 - 10:52 AM

The NTC's cease and desist order against ABS-CBN primarily affects its television and radio broadcast arms. Here are the platforms where you can still access ABS-CBN news, entertainment, lifestyle, and sports content.

The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra counters Roque: Duterte can override NTC order vs ABS-CBN

May 06, 2020 - 10:31 AM

The justice chief also says Solicitor General Jose Calida's quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN is now moot

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra attends a budget hearing in Congress on September 5, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Neutral' Duterte wants lawmakers to 'vote as they please' on ABS-CBN

May 06, 2020 - 9:13 AM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque denies the National Telecommunications Commission was pressured into deciding against the network giant

The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Ang Probinsyano' star Coco Martin slams Calida, NTC: 'Tinatarantado ninyo ang mga Pilipino'

May 06, 2020 - 12:00 AM

'Anong klaseng mga tao ang gumawa nito?' says the actor as ABS-CBN goes off-air

FOR ABS-CBN. Coco Martin (right, in denim jacket) joins fellow ABS-CBN actors during a solidarity gathering outside the network's headquarters in Quezon City on February 21, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

CHR: 'Political whims' should not dictate fate of ABS-CBN or any media

May 05, 2020 - 11:53 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the closure order sends a chilling effect on media and freedom of expression in the Philippines

The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo on ABS-CBN shutdown: No space for suppression, self-interest in a pandemic

May 05, 2020 - 11:41 PM

'Bakit ito ginagawa ngayon sa panahong humaharap tayo sa matinding krisis?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

THE VP. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the graduation of Leaders for Excellence and Public Service Mayors Fellowship Program Batch 3 at the Quezon City Reception House on March 6, 2020. File photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

‘We need a free press': Youth groups stand with ABS-CBN after shutdown order

May 05, 2020 - 11:19 PM

Youth groups slam the government for prioritizing the closure of ABS-CBN over the multitude of economic and health issues hounding the country in light of the coronavirus crisis

SHUTDOWN. The National Telecommunications Commission has issued a cease and desist order against the network giant ABS-CBN on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ABS-CBN shutdown a 'betrayal of 11,000 workers,' labor groups say

May 05, 2020 - 10:46 PM

'To shut down a major media outfit and render the more than 11,000 workers jobless at a time when the country is reeling from a pandemic is the height of callousness!' says labor group Sentro

OFF AIR. The staff of ABS-CBN watch as President and CEO Carlo Katigbak makes a statement on the broadcast network shutdown by the National Telecommunication Commission on May 5, 2020. Photo courtesy of Alcuin Papa

Businesses urge gov't: Bring back ABS-CBN

May 05, 2020 - 10:40 PM

(UPDATED) The Management Association of the Philippines says the closure of ABS-CBN marks 'a sad day for media freedom'

Attack on all: Media groups show solidarity with ABS-CBN following closure order

May 05, 2020 - 10:22 PM

'The move is clearly a case of political harassment against a pillar of Philippine democracy that employs thousands of Filipinos whose livelihoods are now at risk with the order'

The staff of ABS-CBN watch as President and CEO Carlo Katigbak makes a statement on the broadcast network shutdown by the National Telecommunication Commission on May 5, 2020. Photo courtesy of Alcuin Papa