- The Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey unveiled that majority of adult Filipinos agreed that Congress should renew ABS-CBN's franchise
- The survey found out that 75 percent of respondents said that lawmakers should renew the 25-year franchise of the media giant
- Only 13 percent disagreed on the franchise renewal, while 10 percent of them were undecided
- It also revealed that 56 percent agreed that denying the network's franchise was a "major blow to press freedom"
The Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on Saturday, July 11, unveiled that majority of adult Filipinos said that Congress should renew the 25-year franchise of media network ABS-CBN.
According to the survey conducted from July 3 to 6, 75 percent of respondents agreed to the question: "Congress should renew the franchise of ABS-CBN so that it can broadcast its programs again."
Only 13 percent said they disagreed on the ABS-CBN franchise renewal, while 10 percent of them were undecided.
The SWS survey also revealed that 56 percent agreed that “Congress’ non-renewal of ABS-CBN franchise is a major blow to press freedom.” Some 27 percent of respondents thought otherwise while 15 percent are undecided.
The survey was done using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviews with 1,555 adult respondents; 306 of them are from Metro Manila, 451 from Balance Luzon, 388 from Visayas, and 410 from Mindanao.
ABS-CBN is one of the leading broadcast networks in the Philippines. Its 25-year franchise expired on May 4 and the Committee on Legislative Franchises of the House of Representatives officially rejected on July 10 its bid to secure another franchise.
ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak then issued a statement an hour after the House committee finally announced the result of the voting on the fate of the network.
Kapamilya stars likewise expressed gratitude to the 11 lawmakers who voted for ABS-CBN to return on air.
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