MANILA — "Make people happy," goes the mission statement of "It's Showtime," which the ABS-CBN's noontime program aims to carry on despite the forced shutdown of the broadcast network.
"It's Showtime" had been airing for 10 years on free television via ABS-CBN Channel 2, initially as a morning talent show and later as a noontime staple.
In May, ABS-CBN's free-TV and radio broadcast were forced off air, after the network's franchise was left to expire despite long-pending bills in Congress.
Last week, administration allies voted to outright deny the franchise application, permanently shuttering ABS-CBN's primary platform, and risking 11,000 jobs.
ABS-CBN's other broadcast platforms, TVPlus and SKYdirect, were also forced shut by the government.
Continuing its live episodes — under strict safety protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic — "It's Showtime" remains accessible on its social media pages.
"Madlang people" or fans of the program based in the Philippines can watch the live streaming on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, while those overseas can tune in through TFC.tv.
"It's Showtime" can also be viewed via the iWant app or iWant.ph, Kapamilya Channel and Jeepney TV on cable television, and TFC.