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More digital television frequencies previously owned by ABS-CBN have been transferred to other media companies, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) confirmed.
In a press release dated January 26, the NTC said that it granted provisional authority to Swara Sug Media Corporation (SSMC), owned by Pastor Apollo Quiboloy. This authorizes the company to operate a digital TV system in Metro and Mega Manila using Channel 43.
According to the commission, SSMC was the third to apply for an authority as filed in October 2007.
“SSMC has been waiting for an available digital TV frequency since 2007 after undergoing a quasi-judicial process which includes notice to all interested/affected parties and hearing,” the NTC said.
In a separate statement, NTC also confirmed that Channel 23 has also been awarded to Aliw Broadcasting Corporation. Founded by late Ambassador Antonio Cabangon Chua, the company operates DWIZ radio station as well as Nine Media Corporation which operates CNN Philippines.
ALIW applied for an authority in 2007 and has also been waiting for an available digital TV frequency since, the NTC said.
Both provisional authorities were awarded to respective broadcasting companies after the determination of their qualifications, the commission added.
Earlier, NTC also gave the same authority to Manny Villar’s Advanced Media Broadcasting System to operate digital Channel 16 and analog Channel 2, which were also formerly held by ABS-CBN.