PRRD won’t allow ABS-CBN to operate even if it gets new franchise

MANILA, Feb 9 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he will not allow the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to grant ABS-CBN permit to operate even if the broadcast giant gets fresh franchise from Congress. “Congress is planning to restore...

Regine Velasquez stands by ABS-CBN: ‘I’m not leaving’

MANILA, Jan 30 (Mabuhay) — Regine Velasquez had an instant answer when asked what she considers her proudest moment as a Kapamilya, over two years since she returned to ABS-CBN. “That I’m still here,” she said, “that despite what happened, ni hindi sumagi sa isip ko na iwan...

House leader files bill renewing ABS-CBN franchise

MANILA, Jan 19 (Mabuhay) — Deputy Speaker Vilma Santos-Recto has filed a bill that would give broadcast giant ABS-CBN Corp. a fresh 25-year legislative franchise. Santos filed on Jan. 5 House Bill No. 8298 seeking to renew for another 25 years ABS-CBN’s legislative...

Sotto moves for ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal

MANILA, Dec 5 (Mabuhay) — Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday moved for the franchise renewal of broadcast media giant ABS-CBN Corporation, six months after the House committee on legislative franchises voted to deny its application. Senate Bill No. 1967, authored...

Kim Chiu downplays perceived stature in Star Magic after contract-signing

MANILA, Dec 15 (Mabuhay) — Kim Chiu on Tuesday downplayed the perception that she has been elevated as a “queen” of Star Magic, following her recent contract renewal with the talent agency and its mother network ABS-CBN. The actress, whose career now spans 14 years and has...
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New manager assures Bea Alonzo committed to Star Cinema project

MANILA, Nov 28 (Mabuhay) — Bea Alonzo’s new manager, Shirley Kuan, expressed gratitude to ABS-CBN after the network’s announcement of the actress’ departure from its Star Magic talent management arm to seek a new career horizon. Showbiz circles and social media have lately...

‘Kapamilya forever,’ Piolo Pascual tells Charo Santos

MANILA, Nov 9 (Mabuhay) — Piolo Pascual said he remains “Kapamilya forever,” amid his situation of starring in a show airing in the same time slot as his former ABS-CBN program. Pascual, 43, has been with ABS-CBN’s talent agency Star Magic for 24 years. Under the Kapamilya...

Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil to work on new project in early 2021

MANILA, Oct 5 (Mabuhay) — Actress Liza Soberano reiterated that she will remain a Kapamilya, confirming there have been offers to leave ABS-CBN but she chose to stay with her mother network. “That is true I have received offers and I’m grateful for them but I...

ABS-CBN to start laying off workers, downscaling operations August 31

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — Embattled ABS-CBN Corporation will start downscaling its operations and laying off workers by the end of August, following the congressional decision to reject its franchise bid. In a statement released Wednesday evening, the broadcaster will...

Solon proposes to use ABS-CBN frequencies for distance learning

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — A lawmaker has proposed the temporary use by the government of ABS-CBN’s former television and radio frequencies for effective distance learning. Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte filed on Tuesday House Resolution 1044, a copy of which was sent to...