ABS-CBN has stopped airing a Chinese-language newscast on its cable news channel after drawing flak online.
Chinese News TV (CNTV) didn’t air on ANC on its timeslot, 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., starting Thursday (April 15).
The show was produced by the Horizon of the Sun Communications Inc., a company owned by Filipino-Chinese businessmen, under a block time agreement with ANC. Its first newscast on the Lopez-owned network aired on April 12.
Prior to airing on ANC, CNTV was broadcast on the government owned IBC 13 and NET 25, which is owned by Iglesia Ni Cristo.
The hashtag, #ABSCBNTutangChina, became one of the top trending topics on Twitter on Thursday after ANC’s airing of the newscast was reported by other media organizations.
As Filipinos’ dissatisfaction with China grows due to its militarization of the West Philippine Sea, ABS-CBN news chief Ging Reyes said there should be no discrimination against the Filipino-Chinese who produced CNTV.
“The airing on ANC of Chinatown News should not be equated with the intrusions in the West Ph Sea. Chinatown News is produced by fellow Filipinos who belong to the Filipino-Chinese community. They are part of Philippine society,” she tweeted.
“We have editorial control over their content, provide national news stories & ensure accuracy of the translation from Mandarin to English subtitles,” Reyes added.