Sonic the Hedgehog vibes
Proving that the Internet does have a voice (for better or worse), ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) has dropped the broadcast of Chinatown News TV (CNTV), effectively ending the partnership.
The official Twitter account of iWantTV, ABS-CBN’s streaming platform, broke the news. CNTV also did not air on ANC for its evening newscast this Thursday, opting instead for its Facebook page.
Hi, @jeralduy @raymundmargallo. We’d like to share an update with you that CNTV will no longer air on ANC. We truly appreciate your support for ABS-CBN and hope that you continue to share with us feedback on our programs. Stay safe, Kapamilya!
— iWantTFC (@iwanttfc) April 16, 2021
ABS-CBN’s decision comes on the heels of a hefty online backlash, with accusations ranging from being a puppet network to serving as a supposed propaganda machine. The furor led to an official statement from ABS-CBN, as well as a defense from News Chief Ging Reyes.
According to Reyes, ABS-CBN has editorial control over CNTV’s content. She also appealed to ’embrace diversity’ as CNTV is produced by ‘fellow Filipinos who belong to the Filipino-Chinese community.’
Prior to its tie-up with ANC, CNTV has been airing since 2017 on NET25, a network owned by Iglesia Ni Cristo.
However, the new partnership couldn’t have debuted in a more hostile climate, given the rising tensions in the maritime territorial dispute between China and the Philippines.