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The House Committee on Legislative Franchises voted to deny ABS-CBN’s bid for a fresh 25-year franchise.

Voting 70-11, the House Committee on Legislative Franchises denied the consolidated bills which would have granted the company a new license to resume broadcast operations.

Following online and on-ground appeals from netizens, employees, lawmakers, and rights groups, the lower chamber in late May began tackling ABS-CBN’s franchise application bid, abandoning a measure that could have given a temporary, provisional franchise to the network.

The hours-long deliberations shed light on topics hounding the company— including ownership and operational issues, and supposed tax liabilities, among others. ABS-CBN had refuted allegations hurled against them.

The company’s broadcast operations halted two months ago following the expiry of its franchise, in compliance with the National Telecommunications Commission’s shutdown order.

The digital TV transmissions of Sky Direct as well as of TV Plus programs have also been halted in line with a June 30 NTC order.

The network's digital platforms— including online news websites, video streaming services, and social media sites— have continued to operate.


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