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This your dude around town promised to fill you in on what’s in our environs.

I’m not going to tell who’s still in and who’s out of the list now following the unexpected or what’s already resumed non-renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise. 
Some have written that it’s a melodramatic telenova or zarzuela, which the ending has already been written – caput! I would love to debate on this but it’s over politicized already that it’s best to just let things flow for now.. 

It’s not that I am not affected by the abrupt demise of the broadcasting giant. 
Like most of the journalists I’ve developed friendships with several working staff. And I sympathized with the employees who are about to lose their livelihood at this uncalled for times.

Alrighty, I can’t help it. Going around town, some people asked me what’s the score in the news channel? I am not sure if you’ve read or heard that Korina Sanchez and Ces Orena-Drilon are among the first to be shown the way out, goodbye notice.

These two used to work in PTV 4 prior the EDSA revolution. When the Lopezes re-acquired the facilities of PTV4 along Mother Ignacia St. and beamed its first broadcast under Tita Cory Aquino administration, both were among those talents that jump over the fence. Need to say, their respective career blossomed and hit the pinnacle. Now, they are among the first of the towering figures to go.


At the height of the netizens outrage on the non-reneweal of ABS-CBN franchise, one tweet I’ve read is the realization that the “famous” 70 have, actually, deprived the general public-- including the their respective constituencies-- free television viewing and favorite entertainment outlet. It, likewise, meant there would no longer be the so-called “network war,” which motivates management of Channels 2 and 7 to step-up, improve their service, and programming that somehow benefited their large audiences, respectively. 

From a marketing stand point, it’s a pity. The timing was off because it’s only now that GMA 7 is moving towards the digi-box technology, which ABS-BCN lorded over in the last seven years. GMA may be late into venturing in this technology but base from what I hear around town, the affordabox has better features than that of its rival and also cheaper at P880 only.

Cool dude ABS-CBN President and Chief Executive Officer Carlo Joaquin Lopez Katigbak is the chief architect of the TV Plus. Way back in 2013, nobody raised a howler with the TV Plus, nice gadget that allows you to view the same free channels clearer with one caveat, you have to cough out P1,500.

It was a choice between losing your eyeight watching grainy and shaky free channels or get the gadget for a better view of the same channels than should be beamed free to every Fililipino home.

Katigbak was also the person behind the acquisition of Destiny by Skycable in 2012. The transaction, was worth P3.5 billion, a large sum of money at that time. 

The merger of Sky and Destiny cable firms was based on the premise “improve services to customers of Destiny Cable, UniCable and MyDestiny broadband Internet.

For a pioneer subscriber of Destiny Cable, this premise was just a promise. Weeks after the acquisition, several of the channels in Destiny were removed: Fox News, Bloomberg, CNBC to name few. 

Upon inquiry, the quick answer was: these channels have been bundled-up or repackage. For access, the subscriber has to upgrade his subscription to a higher level.

There, I’m too keen on the topic, am I? Merely sharing bits and pieces of informations I’ve picked-up while going around town.

Meantime, stay safe.

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