NTC moves to review broadcast block time deals

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) — The National Telecommunications Commission has issued a memorandum directing all television and radio companies to submit their block time deals for the agency’s approval.

According to its memorandum dated June 23, block time deals should not be more than 50% of the daily airtime broadcast of the radio or television station.

“Authorized radio and television broadcast entities, its management and board of directors shall be solidary liable with the block timer for any violation committed by the block timer arising from the content or programs under the block time agreements,” the NTC said in its memorandum.

The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas opposed the directive.

“We believe it is the station’s prerogative to choose the type of programs they will adopt whether it is station produced, co-produced with another party or [throgh] blocktime with 3rd party. We believe NTC has no jurisdiction over content,” said KBP President Herman Basbano said in a statement.

“Our position should have been heard before the issuance of this order on blocktime. Nonetheless [we] will present our opposition and our position in the NTC hearing [which] was reportedly scheduled on July 11,” he added.

Former media giant ABS-CBN, which lost its operating franchise in 2020, entered into block time agreements with Zoe Broadcasting Network and TV5 to air its shows on free television.