NTC Cracks Down on Illegal Stations

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has started its crackdown on illegal radio stations while the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), the association of the broadcast media in the Philippines, asked its Local Chapters nationwide to submit a list of suspected illegal stations in their areas.

image002NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba speaks to KBP members as KBP president Herman Z. Basbaño listens.

Last July 8, NTC officers, accompanied by operatives of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation Group (PNP-CIDG), inspected a suspected site of an illegal radio station at One South Triangle Building at the corner of Panay Avenue and Sgt. Esguerra Street in Quezon City. The NTC had earlier monitored broadcast signals on the unauthorized frequency of 107.9 MHz emanating from the building. Upon inspection, the NTC was able to identify broadcast equipment, including transmitting antennas and cables, headsets, radio receivers, and speakers.

NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba told members of the KBP during the association’s monthly meeting last July 17 that NTC will conduct similar actions in the provinces. He said that the Commission has already directed its regional officers to shut down illegally-operating stations in their areas. When told by some KBP members during told the commissioner that many of the illegal radio stations are owned by local politicians, Cordoba said that the NTC will go after them despite this and asked for KBP’s support in going after the illegal operators.

The KBP is now completing a list of suspected illegal stations based on reports from its Local Chapters. The list will be endorsed to the NTC for action.

Poe Tells KBP She Will Support FOI Bill

image001 Senator-elect Grace Poe Llamanzares told the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) that she will support the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI) and possible amendments to the cybercrime law. Poe made this assurance during the meeting of the KBP last June 19.

The FOI was approved by the Senate last December 2012 but failed to pass the House of Representatives, The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 was opposed by press freedom and civil rights advocates due to what they believe are onerous provisions. The Supreme Court had issued a temporary restraining order preventing the enforcement of the law following the filing of 15 petitions with the Court questioning its legelaity.

Poe also told the KBP that the media association can count on her support in the senate in media advocacies. Poe said, “I believe in free expression, of course with responsibility. We have to uphold the highest ethical standards which the KBP is promoting among its members.”

Election Commissioners Thank KBP Members for Support in 2013 Elections

Election commissioners Grace Padaca and Louie Guia thanked the members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) for their support in the conduct if the just-concluded mid-term elections. Padaca, a former broadcaster, and Guia, who was just appointed to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), appeared as guests in the KBP’s General Membership meeting last May 22 at the Crown Plaza Hotel.

Padaca said that despite although the COMELEC and the KBP’s were at odds with each other on the limits on political ads, the broadcast media continued to come out with public service messages encouraging the people to go out and vote and informing the public on the election rules and resolutions promulgated by the COMELEC.

Partnership

Guia also lauded the role of the media in disseminating important information on the election to ensure transparency and honesty. He said that the COMELEC and the broadcasting community are partners in bringing about clean and honest elections. He said: “Whatever the shortcomings of the COMELEC in the last elections, these should be studied so that the partnership between COMELEC and broadcast media can be improved.”

Clarifying Issues

Answering questions from KBP members, Padaca and Guia clarified issues arising out of the 2013 elections. The following is a rundown.

1. On the reported failure of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to transmit the election returns.

Guia said the failure to transmit by some PCOS machines was not due to defects in the machines themselves but due either to weak signal or someone blocking the signal. (Note: Both Globe Telecom and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. disputed the claim).

2. On alleged switching of compact flash (CF) cards.

Guia said it’s not possible for CF cards to be switched because the counting process is open to the public. He said that the removal and transfer of CF cards from one PICOS machine can be observed by everyone. He also said that the CF cards are encrypted with an electronic security protection and only CF cards coming from the PICOS machine can be transmitted and recognized by the canvassing machine.

KBP CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY

The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), the association of the broadcast media in the Philippines, celebrates its 40th anniversary this month. The KBP was founded by private broadcasters in 1973, during the period of martial law, to give the broadcast media a unified voice. It underwent several transformations along with the political changes in the country and weathered controversies involving the broadcast media, of which it is today its staunch defender and advocate.

The KBP counts among its members 123 broadcasting companies, 624 radio stations, and 109 television stations throughout the country. How could an organization of members who compete vigorously with each other survive for so long? KBP president, Herman Z. Basbaño said, “The KBP has survived this long because of its ability to maintain stable relationships among its members. No matter their differences,” Basbaño said, “our members are bound by strong common interests and it is these common interests that the KBP espouses.”
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Charo-Santos Concio wins KBP Golden Dove Award for Lifetime Achievement. Failon is Broadcaster of the Year

21st-golden-dove-awardsFor the past 21 years, the KBP Golden Dove Awards served as a symbol of excellence in Philippine broadcast media. This year’s Golden Dove Awards was held at the Star Theatre, CCP Complex last April 26, 2013 the eve of the KBP’s 40th anniversary.

Top personalities from ABS-CBN led this year’s Golden Dove Winners. Charo Santos-Concio, president and CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given to individuals who have made a major contribution to the advancement of Philippine broadcast media. ABS-CBN radio-TV anchor Ted Failon won the Broadcaster of the Year Award.

The complete list of winners:
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KBP AND PHIVOLCS TEAM UP FOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) have teamed up to improve the effectiveness of broadcast media in informing and preparing the public during disasters and emergencies.

Speaking about this cooperation, Dr. Renato U. Solidum, PHIVOLCS-DOST Director, said, “PHIVOLCS-DOST recognizes the important role of broadcast media in disaster risk reduction and management. They play a critical role in disseminating information to the general public most especially the warnings and updates of potentially hazardous events and in providing correct and appropriate preparedness tips before disasters happen.”

Among the products of the KBP-PHIVOLCS-DOST cooperation is a broadcasters’ emergency preparedness guide, expected to be released in May 2013 to KBP radio and TV stations nationwide. Solidum said, “PHIVOLCS-DOST, together with other NDRRMC member agencies, have collaborated with KBP in revising the Broadcaster’s InfoChart on Emergency Preparedness. This updated tool will equip broadcasters with the correct information that can be used during emergencies, as well as safety precautions relating to various natural hazards.”

KBP and PHIVOLCS are also cooperating in a training program for broadcast media in tsunamis awareness, information dissemination, and early warning. The program includes the holding of seminars to teach broadcasters how to properly disseminate tsunami warnings as well as precautionary measures to the public without causing panic during an emergency. Two seminars have already been conducted under this program.

The Philippines is surrounded by five major trenches that can cause tsunami producing earthquakes and has already experienced 38 tsunamis. Tsunamis can cause widespread loss of lives and property as seen in the massive tsunami that hit Japan two years ago. Because of this, preparing broadcasters for the onset of a tsunami is a major concern for KBP and PHIVOLCS.

KBP ELECTS OFFICERS FOR 2013


The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), the broadcast media industry association, elected its officers for 2013 during its 38th annual Top Level Management Conference held last November at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City.

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KBP Expands Broadcast Rules On Child Protection

The KBP has expanded its rules on broadcasts that affecting the interests of children. The new rules, which form part of the media industry association’s Broadcast Code which defines professional and ethical standards for its members, were approved in a general membership meeting held last June 15, 2011.

Formulation of the new guidelines was the KBP’s response to the clamor of audiences and child-rights advocates for stricter rules governing the treatment of children in television programs following the broadcast of a program last March featuring a boy in a dance sequence they found to be inappropriate for his age.

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KBP Moves to Strengthen Protection of the Child in Broadcast Media

The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), the industry association of the broadcast media, is set to approve new provisions of its broadcast code to reinforce current standards on programming related to children. The new guidelines have been submitted to the KBP Board of Trustees by the Standards Authority, the industry associations’ code enforcement body. The KBP initiated the formulation of the new guidelines last March following the controversial episode of a TV program which featured a dance number by a boy contestant considered objectionable by a number of viewers.

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