MBC uses back-up facilities to 'minimize interruption' after Star City fire

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 03 2019 11:56 AM

Smoke emerges from the Star City compound hours after a huge fire destroyed parts of the popular theme park on Wednesday. Theme park management announced the park’s closure for the upcoming Christmas season. Val Cuenca, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) on Thursday said it was operating in its secondary broadcast studio facilities following the fire that gutted its headquarters early Wednesday.

The fire damaged studio booths of 5 radio stations and RHTV and is expected "to temporarily impact the workflow of about 200 employees," MBC said in a disclosure to the stock exchange.

The MBC said it was able to activate its secondary broadcasting facilities immediately after the fire. These are located in its transmission sites at the BSA Tower building for its FM stations, and in Malanday, Valenzuela and Bulacan for its AM stations, the company said.

"Immediately after the fire, these secondary broadcasting facilities were activated thereby minimizing the interruption of the broadcast operations of the affected studios," the MC said, adding that all stations were back on air Wednesday.

Finance and accounting departments are currently operating manually and will revert to an automated system as soon as the hardware and software are replaced, it said.

The scheduled annual stockholders' meeting today is also postponed until further notice, the MBC said.

The management of Star City on Wednesday said it would "try" to reopen this year.