Pangilinan: Signing of ABS-CBN, TV5 joint venture nears

Jekki Pascual, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 04 2022 09:24 PM | Updated as of Aug 04 2022 10:03 PM

MANILA - A joint venture between ABS-CBN and TV5 could be signed soon, business tycoon Manny Pangilinan said Thursday during a PLDT financial briefing. 

"It's fair to characterize that we're at the closing stages. I think the likelihood of an agreement with them is high and it's near," Pangilinan said.

But he also clarified the nature of the deal where ABS-CBN would invest in TV5. Initially, it will be a 35-65 agreement, with ABS-CBN holding 35 percent stake and the rest under TV5 owner Media Quest, Pangilinan said. 

"The model we are working on is it will be a joint venture between TV5, using the platform of TV5 as the free-to-air broadcast platform of both TV5 and PLDT Group and the ABS-CBN group," he added.

"We are not acquiring ABS-CBN. We are not acquiring any shares in ABS, instead they will be investing in TV5," he added.

Talks between the two media companies have been ongoing for over a year now. They are now looking to sign the deal by August or September as there is a need to follow some provisions of the Bayanihan 2 law.

"We do have to get board approval as soon as we can. Sometime August definitely, maybe in the next 2 week, 3 weeks," said Pangilinan.

Pangilinan also mentioned that there is no need for approval from the Philippine Competition Commission and the National Telecommunication Commission.

No other details were disclosed.

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