Tito Sotto Files ABS-CBN Renewal Bill in Senate
ABS-CBN sees its first renewal attempt in the new year. Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has filed a new bill at the Senate seeking to renew ABS-CBN Corp.’s franchise for 25 years.
This comes almost half a year after ABS-CBN’s franchise was killed in the House after 70 congressmen voted against the network’s franchise. Only 11 voted in favor of ABS-CBN.
In Sotto’s Senate Bill No. 1967, the senator remarked that ABS-CBN is still the top choice for Filipino viewers.
"I noticed the TV stations have been replacing their news programs with animes. It means competition is absent and mediocrity is creeping in because of the absence of a strong competitor like ABS-CBN," said Sotto.
According to Sotto, ABS-CBN may have a “better chance” at renewing its franchise given the new leadership in the House of Representatives.