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Sky Cable, TVPlus targeted along with ABS-CBN franchise issue; employees react

NTC released a cease-and-desist order against Sky Cable and TV Plus

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), on June 30, ordered Sky Cable Corporation to stop its direct broadcast satellite service and also mandated ABS-CBN to cease operating TV Plus via Channel 43 in Metro Manila.

NTC released a cease-and-desist order signed by NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba and Deputy Commissioners Edgardo Cabarios and Delilah Deles against Sky Cable Corporation, a subsidiary company of ABS-CBN, as they claim that its congressional franchise expired on May 4, 2020.

They were also given ten days to explain why their radio frequencies should not be recalled due to a lack of congressional franchise.

In a separate CDO, NTC ordered ABS-CBN to stop its TV Plus service through Channel 43 in Metro Manila.

In the most recent order, NTC insisted that ABS-CBN’s TV Plus was part of the list of radio and TV stations it had ordered to cease in its May 5 order.

These orders gave rise to resentment from ABS-CBN employees and supporters.

On June 29, as the congressional hearing for ABS-CBN franchise renewal resumed, Rep. Rodante Marcoleta questioned the broadcast of ABS-CBN’s TV Plus via Channel 43 and Sky Cable wireless service.

Marcoleta also blamed Cordoba and claimed that the latter should resign as he still allowed ABS-CBN to broadcast amidst franchise expiration.

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