Bistado! NTC discovers ABS-CBN’s transmitter as source of Channel 43’s signal
ABS-CBN used its transmitter to broadcast its exclusive channels on a frequency owned by another company from May 5 until June 30, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said Thursday (July 2).
At the House of Representatives’ 11th joint committee hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise, lawmakers zeroed in on the relationship between the media giant and Amcara Broadcasting Network, which owns Channel 43.
NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba said he ordered the agency’s engineers to check where Channel 43’s signal was coming from since Amcara didn’t have the equipment necessary for digital broadcast.
“Noong tinake up ito sa committee, nagtataka kami paano makaka-ere ang Amcara, wala po silang equipment, wala silang permit. So noong nag-serve ng cease and desist order ang aming mga engineers, pina-test na rin namin kung saan nanggagaling ang signal ng Channel 43,” he said.
“Based on the results of the monitoring equipment, we observed that there is an existing broadcast propagation– six megahertz band– and the results of the measurements showed a strong signal is emanating from ABS-CBN’s tower along Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City,” Cordoba added.
ABS-CBN executives claimed that the network has a year-long blocktime agreement with Amcara, which allowed it to broadcast several channels on Amcara’s Channel 43.
Among the channels which aired on Channel 43 since ABS-CBN shut down were: Teleradyo, Yey, Jeepney TV and KBO.
NTC on June 30 ordered ABS-CBN to stop broadcasting its channels on Channel 43, saying the frequency was covered by the original cease and desist order issued against the network on May 5.