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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Mar 17, 2011

TV5 complaint against ABS-CBN cable company

TV5 FORMALLY filed a letter of complaint with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) concerning Pilipino Cable Corporation’s “continued refusal to include UHF Channel 41 in its Sky Cable channel line-up.” Previously, on February 18, 2011, TV5, through its Legal Department Head Atty. Christine Ona, sent Pilipino Cable Corporation a letter informing the latter that 24 hour news and sports channel AksyonTV (UHF Channel 41 on free TV) will start airing on February 21, 2011 and thus requested Pilipino Cable Corporation for the channel assignment of the said channel on Sky Cable. But despite TV5’s request, Pilipino Cable Corporation has not acceded to TV5’s request. In its complaint, TV5 cites Pilipino Cable Corporation’s “clear act of unfair trade competition” and accordingly requests the NTC to sanction Pilipino Cable Corporation for its “highly illegal acts” that are “prejudicial to the rights of [TV5].” In addition, TV5 calls on the NTC to “investigate the matter” and “impose appropriate penalties” against Pilipino Cable Corporation, owned and controlled by ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, for the cable operator’s alleged unfair trade practice.