Ted Failon Reveals the Thoughts of ABS-CBN Bosses on Retrenchment
At the end of August, people will no longer be able to listen to ABS-CBN’s radio stations. This means there will be fewer channels broadcasting news on the radio.
On top of this, thousands of ABS-CBN employees from around the country will lose their jobs. The shutdown of the radio stations follows the massive retrenchment announced by ABS-CBN on July 15 as a result of its failure to secure a fresh franchise from Congress.
More than 11,000 jobs are at stake. In a virtual meeting between ABS-CBN’s top executives and the network’s employees, it was announced that the massive retrenchment will begin at the end of August.
Among the first casualties include veteran journalist Ces Drilon, who announced she was one of the employees who lost their jobs.
Ted Failon Speaks Up
In his radio program Teleradyo, ABS-CBN news anchor and radio broadcaster Ted Failon did not mince words about the fate of his radio station.
“To be frank about it, sadly, wala ang franchise, at cease operation na supposed to be,” said Failon.
"So it follows na lahat po ng AM at FM stations po, definitely ay hindi na po makapagpapatuloy.”
Failon also revealed the insider talk among the top-level decision-makers of the network. He said the bosses are having a hard time weighing in on their options about the retrenchment.
“Alam mo, ang napakahirap din kung ikaw yung management, yung sitwasyon na papa'no ka makapagpapatuloy pa rin, para meron pa ring maisalba na mga manggagawa,” said Failon on his radio program.
(“The situation is quite difficult for the management who are thinking of how to survive for the sake of the employees.”)
“Bagamat ito ho yung pinakamasakit na pagkakataon na para ho matukoy mo kung sino pa rin ang maaaring mag-stay, para sa patuloy pong operasyon ng ilan pa hong mga programa ng ABS-CBN para maisahimpapawid ‘yan.”
(“Choosing who gets to stay for the sake of continuing some of the network’s programs is the most painful decision at this time.”)
Failon was referring to the network’s programs that are available through cable and the Internet.
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.