NTC orders ABS-CBN to stop broadcast operations

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has ordered ABS-CBN to stop its television and radio broadcast operations after its 25-year legislative franchise, under Republic Act 7966, expired on May 4.

In an order, released today, May 5, NTC ordered ABS-CBN to stop its broadcast operations nationwide “absent a valid Congressional Franchise as required by law.”

NTC gave the network 10 days from receipt of directive to respond and explain why frequencies assigned to it should not be recalled for lack of necessary Congressional Franchise.

“Failure to file an Answer within the period herein granted shall be considered Respondent’s waiver of its right to be heard, and the Commission shall render such judgement as the law and evidence may warrant,” NTC said in the order.

NTC said upon receipt of response from ABS-CBN it will schedule a case hearing at the earliest possible time after the lifting of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).