ABS-CBN has received the National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) Alias Cease and Desist Order this afternoon directing the network to shut down the Kapamilya Channel, which is airing some of ABS-CBN Corp’s shows through cable and satellite television, nearly 2 months into the shutdown of its free-to-air TV channels and radio stations.
ABS-CBN was ordered to stop operating its digital TV transmission in Metro Manila using Channel 43 (644-650 mhz), which would affect programs shown on its TVPlus channels Cine MO!, Yey!, TeleRadyo, and its pay-per-view channel KBO. The NTC said this was included in the list of radio and TV stations it had ordered to cease and desist from operating in its May 5 cease- and-desist order (CDO) against ABS-CBN.
Statement of ABS-CBN on the Alias Cease and Desist Order issued by NTC:
At 2:26 PM today, ABS-CBN received an alias cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) directing ABS-CBN to cease and desist from operating digital TV transmission in Metro Manila using channel 43.
While channel 43 is not mentioned in NTC’s cease and desist order (CDO) of May 5, 2020, and it is ABS-CBN’s informed understanding that channel 43 is not included in the CDO, digital TV transmission in Metro Manila using channel 43 will cease tonight (June 30), consistent with the intent of the alias CDO.
This means that viewers with TVPlus set-top boxes in Metro Manila will be unable to watch Teleradyo, Jeepney TV, Yey!, Asianovela Channel, CineMo, and KBO.
ABS-CBN has a pending petition with the Supreme Court questioning the NTC’s CDO and hopes that such petition will be resolved soon in its favor so that it can resume broadcasting on both analog and digital platforms in the service of the Filipino.
ABS-CBN’s broadcast franchise expired on May 4 after which the company shut down its free TV and radio operations.