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ABS-CBN Sports, Regional Network Group, MOR 101.9 among ABS-CBN subsidiaries that will face shut down

This was after Congress denied the network’s application for a fresh 25-year franchise

  • DJ Chacha announced that ABS-CBN’s Metro Manila FM station will be shutting down
  • ABS-CBN Sports and ABS-CBN Regional will also stop its operations

Veteran disc jockey DJ Chacha got emotional when she finally announced that ABS-CBN’s FM station MOR 101.9 in Metro Manila will be shutting down.

It was after the company has announced its retrenchment after the Congress rejected its application for a fresh 25-year franchise. ABS-CBN has lost 30 to 35 million pesos of ad revenues eaech day ever since it stopped its operations on May 5.

And with the network’s continued net loss, it was forced to lay off workers and close its other businesses.

According to DJ Chacha, a meeting was held with her MOR 101.9 family where the media giant told them the unfortunate news of the station’s closing. It was said that it will only go on-air until August 31.

“Kami po ay under ng ABS-CBN, kami ang FM station dito sa Maynila pero hindi lang kami, marami pong MOR sa buong Pilipinas. Hindi lang sa Maynila ang mga mawawalan ng trabaho. So kagabi sinabi ng mga boss namin… na hanggang Augus 31 next month na lang ang MOR,” she stated.

She apologized for being emotional during the announcement as the FM station has been her home for 12 years.

“Sa buong proseso nang pakikipaglaban natin sa prangkisa ng ABS-CBN, kagabi ako unang umiyak. Nandito pa ako, may DZMM pa. Pero sa hindi nakakaalam, hindi ito usaping pera lang. Tahanan po ang MOR for 12 years. Sorry.”

But regardless of the situation, she still believes that MOR will come back.

“So hanggang August 31 na lang. Kagabi kinakausap ko si Lord, napapatanong ako bakit, pero naniniwala naman ako na mayroon siyang magandang plano para sa ating lahat. So masakit, masakit kasi hindi retrenchment ang nangyari, nawala talaga ang MOR, wala na munang MOR. Naniniwala naman ako na makakabalik kami. ‘Di ko lang sigurado kung kailan.”

Aside from MOR 101.9, DJ Chacha also stated that several departments of ABS-CBN will also stop its operations.

“Hindi lang po ang taga-MOR, may iba pa pong department ang ABS-CBN na stop operations muna. So ipagdasal niyo po ang ibang empleyado na kagaya naming lahat.”

ABS-CBN’s Mike Navallo also announced that ABS-CBN Regional will stop its operations.

“No other network has given this much priority to the regions with as many as around 20 regional TV Patrol newscasts at one point to 12 just before the shutdown,” he wrote on Twitter.

Gretchen Ho then shared photos from ABS-CBN Sports as it officially signed off.

She then shared her sentiments with everyone by encouraging them to use the pain for “something good” as they still have a chance to have a greater impact.

“This is not the end. Watch out for us,” she tweeted.

Aside from MOR 101.9, ABS-CBN Sports, and ABS-CBN Regional, ABS-CBN Current Affairs and ABS-CBN University will also halt their operations.

Written by J M

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