In July, the House of Representatives with a vote of 70-11 officially rejected the ABS-CBN’s appeal for a new franchise.
As the network closed a majority of its operations, it also let go of its employees as part of their retrenchment program.
Around 90% of its 11,000 employees were terminated.
Many also questioned the fate of the ABS-CBN artists following the shutdown of the media company.
With this, ABS-CBN’s entertainment head Lauren Dyogi revealed that even before losing the bid for a new franchise, many artists had already asked to join other networks.
“Bago po mawalan kami ng prangkisa ay may mga ilan na pong artists ang nagpaalam na lumipat sa ibang network. Hindi naman po ito bago, sa mga nakaraang panahon ay nangyari na po ito at pinayagan naman po namin sila,” he revealed.
He then stated that it is a way of being compassionate to their employees as they do not want them to lose a source of income, especially amidst this pandemic.
He also appreciated the managers who reached out to their artists, giving them offers if ever they wish to shift to another network.
“It’s a compliment to us kasi dito po namin napapatunayan na ang aming mga Kapamilya stars ay de kalibre talaga at in-demand kaya hinahabol sila ng ibang agencies or management,” he said.
Moreover, the ABS-CBN is happier as some artists still choose to stay in the network despite the shutdown.
“Ang mas maganda pong balitang natanggap namin marami rin po kaming nakausap na artista ang nagsasabi na they will stay loyal and they will stick out to the Kapamilya network hanggang ito po ay makabangon,” Dyogi said.
He also revealed that many celebrities and remaining employees agreed to receive lower compensation for ABS-CBN to continue to deliver its service to the Filipino people.
At present, the network uses different online platforms and channels to air their on-going shows despite the non-renewal of their franchise.