Television patrol come back a day after being featured on trending topics on Twitter today, May 7, 2020.
His May 5 farewell episode is still fresh on the minds of Filipino viewers.
But as press presenter Bernadette Sembrano said in her closing speech, ABS-CBN’s flagship newscast is resuming its activities through other platforms.
“Mga Kapamilya, patuloy po kaming maglilingkod. Kahit wala po tayo sa ere on Channel 2, mapapanuod niyo pa rin ang aming mga balita sa teleradyo, ANC, news.abs-cbn.com, at mga social media account ng ABS-CBN. “
Television patrol is making a comeback via the network’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, its iWant streaming platform and its cable news channel ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).
Kapamilya fans are thrilled and its online streaming attracts over 230,000 viewers in real time.
At the same time, GMA-7’s prime-time newscast, 24 Oras, also trending on Twitter, holding tenth place.
Some tweets compare the audience online.
Kapamilya fan posts screenshots of Television patrol and 24 Oras‘broadcasts and writes: “120,000 spectators for ABS and 12,000 spectators for GMA. And I thought a lot of people would boycott ABS because of “legal” issues? Nga-nga kayo noh ha! #tvpatrol #IStandWithABSCBN #DefendPressFreedom »
At 7.20 p.m., an internet user tweets on Television patrol get 73,000 viewers in real time against 24 Oras’53K viewers.
Meanwhile, Kapuso fans point out that 24 Oras has fewer viewers online because it stays on the air on TV.
Those who are neither Kapamilya nor Kapuso place more value on public service work by both Television patrol and 24 Oras than on their number of views online.
But in general, most of the tweets are about the return of Television patrol through online platforms.
Here are some of their tweets:
Some also noted that Bernadette made the “rock on” sign at Television patrolis closing.
ABS-CBN TURNS OFF
ABS-CBN Channel 2 officially ceased broadcasting on May 5, 2020 at 7:52 p.m.
On the afternoon of May 5, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued a cease and desist order against the Kapamilya network following the expiration of its right to vote in Congress.
The franchise expired on Monday, May 4, 2020.
Franchise renewal requests are in Congress, which no longer has the time – or the political will – to comment.
The issue of the ABS-CBN franchise is linked, fundamentally, to the network’s struggle with President Rodrigo Duterte.
NTC also said that ABS-CBN and its executives have had ten days from receiving the order to explain why their frequencies should not be recalled.
Television patrol was the last program to be broadcast before ABS-CBN stopped broadcasting.