Friday, November 16, 2012


MANILA, Philippines - ABS-CBN Corp. may be talking to Globe Telecom Inc. about forming a partnership but the TV network is not willing to be bought up.

“ABS is not for sale,” ABS-CBN chief financial officer Ronaldo P. Valdueza told Rappler, echoing the message of chairman Gabby Lopez at a stockholders' meeting earlier in the day on November 15.

“You know there have been talks (with Globe Telecom). And I think people are insinuating that there is something ongoing, going on between Globe and ABS that will change the ownership structure – it’s not true,” said Valdueza.

The comment comes at a time when media and telecommunication firms are all considering convergence strategies to pair television content with the vast infrastructure of telecommunications to reach a broader audience.

On one hand, the telcos are looking for content to funnel through their infrastructure, while on the other media firms are pressured to monetize the content they have.

“That’s the main challenge is to continue to monetize the content,” admitted Valdueza, as he spoke about the challenges for the next year.

Asked if ABS-CBN would harness Globe’s infrastructure, he said, “As mentioned by our chairman there are talks but we’ll come to that point but we’re not at liberty to disclose.”

Given the fierce competitive environment he said the company is keeping its strategy under wraps at the moment.

The biggest phone company in the Philippines, Philippine Long Distance Company, and the 3rd largest television network, TV5, are already both under the leadership of businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan.

Earlier in the year, Pangilinan had tried but failed to acquire ABS-CBN’s leading rival GMA Network Inc. The deal was expected to help him bring in more quality content and at the same time gain greater control of the media space.

Despite the deal not going through, GMA and PLDT are forming a partnership for the upcoming senatorial elections in 2013. ABS-CBN meanwhile is open to partnering with either PLDT or Globe for the elections, explained the company CFO.

“The more the merrier,” said Valdueza, who added that they are open to forming partnerships with other groups outside of Globe.

Though he wouldn’t specify any other groups ABS-CBN might pair up with, he was clear that they have a “convergence agenda.”

“We want to make this content available in all possible ports,” he said.

Another Lopez firm, Bayan Telecommunications, is in negotiations to sell a stake to Globe. - Rappler.com


NasaanNaAngNoodlesAtSardinasNamin? said...

Kay Lopez na yan galing na HINDI for sale ang ABS-CBN. Pero sa UTAK ng mga KAPUSO ipagpipilitan nila yan na FOR SALE kahit na ang GMA ang TUNAY na FOR SALE. Diba Gozon? Kaya pala nakikipag-usap si Gozon ulit kay MVP. Bwahahahaha. NGANGA na ang GMA. GMA ang Network na RIGODON TODAMAX. bwahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Lopez : We are not selling abscbn to globe because may utang pa kami at wala na kaming makuhang pera pag nabili na..GMA is for sale yun ang totoo...MVP bat wala ka sa listahan ng 10 richest in the philippines...

MUHABOY said...


tingnan niyo yung mga ABS-CBN Executives at i-compare niyo sa mga executives ng GMA... ^_^


Anonymous said...

oo nga mostly gay executives ang sa abscbn..bago pasikatin, gagamitin muna

Anonymous said...

hiyang hiya naman ako

ang mga head ng kapuso, mga CRONY NI MARCOS =)


Anonymous said...

its a pity how Kara David feels for ABS-CBN's news organization. BOARD ADVISOR pala ang tatay nya na si Randy David sa dos.

oh well, uso naman yan pati sa pulitika, mga doble KARA hahaha

Anonymous said...

ano ang connection sa mga david?...tatay ko nga may ari ng isang franchise ng jollibee, nanay ko franchisee ng mcdonalds...lola ko may ari ng kfc sa america...and so?

dexter said...

sa GMA din galing un ISSUE n FOR SALE ang ABS..hay nkooo...mmtay man k u hnde mangyari un hnde ktulad s NETWORK nyo...

Anonymous said...

For me abs is the best channel ever... Word class TV station
Since birth and now will stand long tv station

And the artist of abs and star magic is world class artist in the philippines.........


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