The shuttering of ABS-CBN has sent shock waves not just in the Philippines but the rest of the world. On May 5, the media giant’s free TV and radio operations went dark after the sign off of its nightly news broadcast, TV Patrol. ABS-CBN follows the cease and desist order of the National Telecommunications Commission.
“It’s painful for us that we are being shut down, but it’s also painful for millions of our countrymen who believe that our service is important to them,” said ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez minutes before the station went off the air.
Here is how international media views the closure of the independent Filipino network.
The New York Times
“Leading Philippine Broadcaster, Target of Duterte’s Ire, Forced Off the Air ABS-CBN”