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After 30 Years of Service, ABS-CBN Will Close 12 Regional TV Patrol Programs

Viewers have until August 28 to watch their local TV Patrol programs and morning shows.
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ABS-CBN is pulling the plug on 12 regional TV Patrol programs. Their last newscasts will mark the end of 30 years of service on August 28.

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These regional programs are: TV Patrol North Luzon (Baguio, Dagupan, Ilocos, Isabela and Pampanga), TV Patrol Bicol (Naga, Legazpi), TV Patrol Palawan,TV Patrol Southern Tagalog (CALABARZON), TV Patrol Central Visayas (Cebu, Dumaguete, Bohol), TV Patrol Negros (Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental), TV Patrol Panay (Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Guimaras), TV Patrol Eastern Visayas (Samar, Leyte), TV Patrol Northern Mindanao (Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental Lanao Del Norte, CARAGA, Dipolog), TV Patrol South Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN, Cotabato), TV Patrol Southern Mindanao (Davao), TV Patrol Chavacano (Zamboanga).

This leaves only nine regional TV Patrol programs on air for Filipinos outside the metro to access information. ABS-CBN Regional will also stop producing new episodes for nine morning shows.

The closure of these programs is caused by ABS-CBN’s lack of congressional franchise. The network appealed to secure a franchise form the House of Representatives, but the legislative body rejected its request for franchise on July 10.

After the network was issued a cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission on May 5, ABS-CBN Regional transferred its news to YouTube and Facebook.

However, with this new development, even that will no longer be available. Viewers have until August 28 to watch their local TV Patrol programs and morning shows.

“ABS-CBN Regional serves Filipinos in remote areas not reached by other television signals. But more than delivering breaking news, ABS-CBN Regional news teams are also the first to bring air and relief to communities struck by calamities,” said ABS-CBN regional head Tata Sy in a statement.

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