What if ABS-CBN franchise expires before Congress nod? KBP spokesman weighs in


Posted at Feb 11 2020 10:27 AM | Updated as of Feb 11 2020 10:49 AM

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ABS-CBN can still go on air even after its franchise expires in March, a media expert said Tuesday.

The House of Representatives has yet to hear several bills seeking to renew ABS-CBN's franchise, which the government's top lawyer asked the Supreme Court on Monday to revoke.

If the holder of a franchise applied for its renewal before it expired, the license to operate would be "deemed extended until it is expressly denied or granted" by Congress, said Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas legal counsel and spokesperson Rudolph Jularbal.

Congress has never denied the franchise renewal application of any KBP member, said Jularbal.

But if lawmakers will refuse to renew ABS-CBN's franchise, the company can still act as a "content provider" online or by being a blocktimer on other channels, he said.

KBP is preparing a statement on Solicitor General Jose Calida's quo warranto petition, which sought to revoke ABS-CBN's license due to alleged abuses, said Jularbal.

ABS-CBN had said it "did not violate the law."

"We reiterate that everything we do is in accordance with the law... This case appears to be an attempt to deprive Filipinos of the services of ABS-CBN," the network said in a statement.

DZMM, Feb. 11, 2020