MANILA - TV5's topline may take a hit from the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) new rules restricting airtime for the 2013 mid-term election candidates, the broadcast network's chairman said Monday night.
"Yes, I guess so if the 180 minutes [limit] is distributed to some of the three networks," Manuel V. Pangilinan said when asked how the new Comelec rules would impact TV5.
Under Comelec Resolution No. 9615, candidates for national elective positions are allowed a total maximum airtime of 120 minutes on TV ads and 180 minutes on radio ads. Candidates for local elective positions are allowed 60 minutes on TV ads and 90 minutes on radio.
According to GMA Network Inc chairman Felipe Gozon, the new airtime allotment rule may have an impact on the company's revenues, but said stations with lower ratings will be at a greater disadvantage.
TV5 and GMA had failed to get a restraining order from the Supreme Court that would have prevented the Comelec's new rules from taking hold.