MEDIA GIANT ABS-CBN has expressed its gratitude to UST for showing its support following the network’s shutdown.

“We appreciate your stand alongside ABS-CBN after the National Telecommunications Commission issued the cease and desist order against our broadcast operations,” ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak and Chairman Mark Lopez said in a letter to the Rector, Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., dated June 24.

ABS-CBN, they said, was determined to prove at the congressional hearings that the network deserves a franchise renewal.

“Right now, our priority is for ABS-CBN to return on air as quickly as possible and serve the millions of Filipinos who find our programs meaninngful to them,” the letter read.

ABS-CBN said had found ways to deliver news and other content via digital means but not enough to reach Filipinos in remote areas who rely on TV and radio, they said.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on May 5 ordered ABS-CBN to stop operations after the expiry of its legislative franchise. Bills seeking a new franchise for the network languished in Congress for years.

On May 6, UST released a statement lamenting the government order to shut down ABS-CBN.


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