Palace: Government to maintain one TV station only

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

THE Aquino administration wants to have only one government television station before he steps down from office in 2016, a Palace official said Thursday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government is now trying to privatize IBC-13, a sequestered television station and is currently 100 percent state-owned.

The Governance Commission for Government-Owned or -Controlled Corporations has decided to allow the Development Bank of the Philippines to become the privatization manager of IBC-13, he said.

"Sa aking pagkabatid ay inuumpisahan na ang prosesong ito at ang target ay matapos ito sa pagtatapos din ng termino ni Pangulong Aquino," he said.

Coloma noted that RPN-9, also a sequestered television station, was already privatized, with the government owning only 20.8 percent of the station.

Since 2010, the Aquino government wanted only one government-owned broadcasting network, which includes television and radio, he said.

The state-run radio station is dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, and aside from IBC-13 and RPN-9, the government also runs PTV-4.

The PCOO oversees these stations pursuant to Executive Order No. 4. (SDR/Sunnex)

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