Shuttered Philippine TV network ends newscasts to millions

FILE – In this May 6, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a mask passes by the headquarters of broadcast network ABS-CBN Corp. in Manila, Philippines. The Philippines’ largest TV network aired its final newscasts .


by Jim Gomez,

Associated Press

Seattle PI

August 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ largest TV network broadcast its final newscasts Friday to millions of provincial viewers with announcers tearfully bidding goodbye after lawmakers voted to reject its license renewal.

ABS-CBN Corp. said it will only be able to distribute its news programs over cable in metropolitan Manila after Friday as it scaled down operations following a vote by a House of Representatives committee last month to reject the renewal of its 25-year franchise.

It was the largest closure of news programs in an Asian bastion of democracy in recent memory and involved laying off news anchors and canceling programs that have gained widespread popularity in recent decades. Many announcers wept or fought back tears as they thanked their viewers.
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