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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Editorial: Media woes

IT was very devastating to learn that broadcast giant ABS-CBN has terminated some of its employees due to network woes, which is redundancy.

Its local station in Bacolod laid off more than 20 regular workers and talents.

There are also reports that other stations from different provinces sacked their employees, too.

But in the City of Smiles, it was never a happy day for the affected media workers when they were informed about their separation on Tuesday, May 22.

Their employment is until June 30.

They will also get a substantial separation pay.

While the TV network has yet to issue a statement on the issue, this is really demoralizing news, perhaps callous.

One of the many media woes.

Media workers do not mind if they are underpaid and overworked, as long as they get the job done – that is to get the truth out there; to the public; to the listeners; to the viewers,; and to the readers.

It is a shame we have sitting president who will do everything to discredit the media, which had helped shaped our history.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier threatened to block the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise, which will expire in 2020.

The president claimed that the network did not show his political ads during the 2016 campaign even if they already accepted the payment.

Last March, TV5 Network Inc. also shut down the operations of its online news portal, InterAksyon while some employees of CNN Philippines were also laid off in January.

This is just one of the many media woes. But still, we move on. Let us continue to seek for the truth.


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