ABS-CBN regional network group goes off air
BECAUSE OF the denial of its application to renew its franchise, media giant ABS-CBN has stopped its regional newscasts. Its 12 local TV Patrol programs aired their final newscasts last Friday, August 28, via Facebook and YouTube.
The TV network’s cancelation of those programs came mere weeks after the House of Representatives denied the media company’s bid for a new 25-year franchise.
Since the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered the media company to cease its free television and radio operations on May 5, the TV network has been focusing on putting out programs through its digital arm.
For over three decades, ABS-CBN Regional had been producing the following editions of “TV Patrol,” with local and national news delivered in the local languages:
- TV Patrol North Luzon (Baguio, Dagupan, Ilocos, Isabela and Pampanga)
- TV Patrol Bicol (Naga, Legazpi)
- TV Patrol Palawan
- TV Patrol Southern Tagalog (CALABARZON)
- TV Patrol Central Visayas (Cebu, Dumaguete, Bohol)
- TV Patrol Negros (Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental)
- TV Patrol Panay (Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Guimaras)
- TV Patrol Eastern Visayas (Samar, Leyte)
- TV Patrol North Mindanao (Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental Lanao Del Norte, CARAGA, Dipolog)
- TV Patrol South Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN, Cotabato)
- TV Patrol Southern Mindanao (Davao), and
- TV Patrol Chavacano (Zamboanga)
The broadcasters affected by the retrenchment include ANC anchor Christian Esguerra, reporter-TV host Bernadette Sembrano and journalist Ces Drilon. Veteran broadcast journalist Ted Failon left ABS-CBN and made his final appearance on “TV Patrol” and “Failon Ngayon sa TeleRadyo” on August 31.