GMA7 to block gov’t move to infuse P5B in PTV4

‘Unfair,’ exec cries on plan to prop up public TV


Broadcast giant GMA Network Inc. may file formal charges to block the government’s move to infuse capital worth P5 billion in the state-run People’s Television Network (PTV).

The government TV station plans to start selling advertising minutes in 2014.

GMA Network chair Felipe L. Gozon said PTV channel 4 should not be allowed to compete with private sector players that already pay taxes to the government.

“Part of that money being infused into PTV4 comes from the taxes we pay the government. We find that unfair,” Gozon said. “If PTV4 is allowed to compete with us, that’s our money funding our competitor.”

Last week, President Aquino signed into law Republic Act. No. 103901, or amendments to the PTV charter under RA No. 7306, “An Act Providing for the Establishment of the People’s Television Network, Incorporated, Defining Its Powers and Functions, Providing for Its Sources of Funding and for Other Purposes.”

Apart from the infusion of fresh capital—to add to the P1 billion PTV4 already has—the new law gives the state broadcast company the right to make money from advertising.

Gozon strongly opposed the measure when it was proposed in Congress.

“Now that it’s signed into law, we have to study if there’s a way to invalidate it,” said Gozon, who also heads his own law firm concurrent with his position as GMA chair.

While the state has the right to provide basic public services such as hospitals and schools, Gozon said the government should leave the media industry, which acts as the so-called “fourth estate,” to private companies.

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  • screwdisk

    wtf, feeling ni Mr. Gozon sya lang ang nagbabayad ng tax. Sa tingin ko nga wala pang 0.01% ang buwis nya sa buong tax collections ng bir….tsk tsk tsk… Mahiya ka naman and kapal ng mukha mo!…pwehh! Middle class ang majority contributors ng tax ng Pilipinas…

  • Philcruz

    Unless GMA and all the other private networks improve on their inane programmings, they have no right to block the improvements envisioned for the government TV network.

    Frankly, during the Corona impeachment trial, I was very impressed with the way the government TV network conducted their coverage. Fair, balanced and very substantial in content. And their anchors were intelligent, sober and incisive. Walang unnecessary discussions, direct to the point. Walang pa-star star mentality.

    I hope they don’t succumb to this superstar mentality. And I hope PTV does not start following the inane programming of the private networks. And they should not pay their staff the same atrocious salaries and talent fees. Once they do, the taxpayers should call their attention to it.

    There should be some regulations, of course, in order to control the amount of competition that government media can pose to the private ones. But definitely, government needs its own media arm.

  • EOJ

    The govt has also its corporate personality and can actually engage in income-generating ventures. I believe the law giving PTV 4 authority to receive ads is valid.

  • joboni96

    “If PTV4 is allowed to compete with us, that’s our money funding our competitor.”

    hindi mo na pera yan mr. gozon
    pera na ng gobyerno yan

    na gagamitin sa pag eduka
    sa aming nabobobo na sa mga gma7

    1. mga telenobelang walang katuturan
    2. mga balitang violence, sex, western values
    pati sumimplang na motorsiklo binabalita
    3. self promoting network news at
    kawang gawa using the money of outside donors

    go pres noy
    strengthen ptv4

    net25 is a good model

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