Application for TV station in Bukidnon opposed

MALAYBALAY CITY (December 21) The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Bukidnon opposed the application of GHT Network, Inc., a television network citing alleged insincerity of the applicant.

On December 19, second district provincial board member Melchor Maramara, chair on public utilities and engineering committees conveyed to the SP his stand about the application of GHT Network application before the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

Maramara said he vehemently opposed the application because the letter for the notice of hearing scheduled in Manila was received by the SP days after the date of the hearing on December 11.

He said stakeholders have no time to participate in the public hearing in NTC Manila because of the late notice.

The SP unanimously supported Maramara’s recommendation.

The firm is intending to apply for a digital terrestrial television (DTTV) broadcast service.

According to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in a memo in 2010, A DTTV is an implementation of the digital technology in the television service intended to provide a greater number of channels and or better quality of picture and sound through a conventional aerial antenna instead of a satellite of cable connection.

Based on the notice received by the SP, GHT Network, Inc. is a SEC registered firm, which obtained a congressional franchise but are yet to get a Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) and Provisional Authority (PA) pending final determination of the application to install, operate and maintain a television network in Malaybalay City.

Beltran said the NTC requires the applicants to furnish stakeholders with the notice of hearing for their application.

“In this case it came late. We can’t (support) something like this that we don’t event understand. Nobody explained DTTV and their plan to us,” he added.

Beltran said it is important for national offices to consult local authorities on matters affecting applications in their areas of responsibility. (Mel B. Madera with reports from Walter Balane)