ABS-CBN (lost final sign-off of Filipino TV channel; 1972)
On September 23, 1972, then-President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law. A day before, Marcos issued Letter of Instruction No. 1, authorizing the military to take over the assets of major media companies at that time. ABS-CBN and ABC-5 was then forced to shut down, being accused of a conspiracy with the communist party, with Marcos saying that the owners and officers of both networks were "engaged in subversive activities against the government" and are "participants in a conspiracy to overthrow the government." DZAQ-TV, renamed DWWX-TV in 1972 was then turned over to Roberto Benedicto under Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation in 1973 with DZXL-TV channel 4 turned over to the National Media Production Center and became GTV-4 in 1974, turning into a government-owned station.
Claims[edit | edit source]
One of the most widely popular claims is ABS-CBN was signing off by the time Marcos aired the announcement on the 23rd of September, which are accepted by some people. However, this is false.
Another claim which is stated by a lot of sources is ABS-CBN signing off before the raid of the military at midnight of September 22, 1972. This was said by the Ateneo's Department of Political Science website, Boo Chanco, the Supreme Court E-Library, and even an ABS-CBN cameraman himself. It is said at that time, then-Lt. Rolando Abadilla went to the Broadcast Center along Bohol Ave. in Quezon City to take over ABS-CBN and on the morning of 23rd, ABS-CBN was off-the-air now at that time, with only KBS-9 (now RPN-9/CNN Philippines) on-air in the afternoon.
Availability[edit | edit source]
The pre-1972 archives of ABS-CBN, along with its properties and its equipment, disappeared after the raid of the military. It is said to be they are burned in a fire or recycled into other materials. It also has a low chance of resurfacing due to the Philippines' situation about archiving at that time.
References[edit | edit source]
- FAST FACTS: How Marcos silenced, controlled the media during Martial Law Retrieved 19 Jan '22
- ABS-CBN SHUTDOWN: 1972 AND 2020 - BLUEBOARD BY MILLARD O. LIM Retrieved 19 Jan '22
- ABS-CBN Shutdowns: Then and Now Retrieved 19 Jan '22
- The World Tonight@50 - The Turbulent 70s (NOW DELETED) Retrieved 19 Jan '22
- "G.R. No. 133347" Retrieved 12 Feb '22
- Blame the messenger Retrieved 19 Jan '22
- A page about ABS-CBN's lawsuit against the Benedictos. Retrieved 19 Jan '22