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THE FINAL FATAL BLOW: NTC recalls nationwide television and radio frequencies of ABS-CBN

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has recalled the television and radio frequencies of ABS-CBN, a final and fatal move for the beleaguered giant network that had been earlier denied a renewed franchise by government.

“The denial of respondent’s franchise renewal application by Congress, coupled with the denial of respondent’s petition by the Supreme Court, lead to no other conclusion except that the respondent had already lost the privilege of installing, operating, and maintaining radio broadcasting stations in the country,” the NTC said in a decision dated September 9.

Noting that ABS-CBN no longer has a legislative franchise to continue operating its television and radio stations nationwide, the agency also revoked all certificates of public convenience, which had given ABS-CBN the authority to use the frequencies.

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