KBP penalizes broadcaster

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Monday, August 19, 2013


ANGELES CITY -- The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) has reprimanded and censured a block-time anchorman and a local radio station here for serious violation of the Broadcast Code.

In a four-page decision of KBP's Standard Authority dated July 17, 2013, broadcaster Medardo "Med" David and GV Broadcasting System, owner and operator of radio stations GVFM 99.1 and GVAM 792, were found to have violated Article 4, Section 2 of the organization's radio code, which includes “programs intended to malign, unfairly criticize or attack a person, natural or juridical are prohibited.”

David and GV Broadcasting System were also ordered to pay KBP with a fine of P15,000 and P30,000 respectively.

David was also required to renew his broadcaster’s accreditation with the KBP, which expired in 2011, not later than 15 working days from receipt of the copy of the decision.

The case stemmed from a complaint filed by radio listeners Mario Velasco, Nyza Pinpin and Maribel Ciriaco, regarding alleged offensive remarks made by David in his radio program “Golpe de Gulat” aired on September 3 and 5, 2012.

“We want Mr. David to realize that broadcasting carries with it some responsibility, which he obviously did not observe and exercise in his radio program,” Velasco said

In a transcript with translation submitted by the complainants, David has repeatedly uttered Kapampangan expletives and contemptuously made malicious statements and imputation against Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

“Our monitoring has indicated that David has even become more livid in his tirades against personalities and parties he is critical of, showing complete bias against them and using language that borders on libel,” the KBP said.

As a self-regulatory body for broadcast media, the KBP upholds ethical practice among its members and requires them to make sure that their programs observe professional values.

Hearings on complaints are handled by the KBP standards authority, the core of KBP's system of self-regulation. This is a body of peers that is responsible for enforcing the Broadcast Code including the imposition of penalties, such as fines, for violations of the Code. It receives complaints from the public.

On January 14, Pamintuan filed a libel case against David and two other broadcasters for their alleged malicious tirades against the mayor from October to November last year also on David’s radio program.

A second libel case was filed against David on March 4. Both cases are now pending before the office of Regional Prosecutor Jesus Simbulan.

David’s program has been off the air after the elections, after his main sponsor former Congressman Tarzan Lazatin lost his mayoralty bid against GVFM station manager Rudy Simeon denied the allegations, saying the station was not given a chance by the KBP to submit a written answer on the accusations of the complainants.

Simeon said the decision is not fair considering the wrong interpretation of a Kapampangan word “pikbungan na ka ning alte” to invectives “p***ang ina mo.

“The Kapampangan word literally means tinamaan ka ng kidlat,” according to Simeon.

He said the station management is set to file an appeal before the KBP board to air its side on the issue.

David, for his part, denied the accusations and said he is no longer an active member of KBP.

He said he was not given a side to air his side on the matter.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 20, 2013.

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