ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) has parted ways with Chinatown News TV (CNTV) after receiving backlash online from netizens.
CNTV, a Chinese-language newscast owned by a Filipino-Chinese company, was no longer present in its scheduled timeslot on ANC last night (April 15) after catching the ire of the Filipino internet crowd. The segment started airing on Monday before its TV stint was cut short.
In a tweet, ABS-CBN Corporation’s iWantTFC responded to viewers’ queries regarding CNTV’s termination from its channel.
CNTV was met with much criticism after promoting China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative on its broadcast.
Although now absent on ANC, the show continues to air online – through its Facebook page.
Before being withdrawn from television, ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs chief Ging Reyes defended the airing of the CNTV segment. She said the show aims to promote the Filipino-Chinese culture and represent its community.
“The airing on ANC of Chinatown News should not be equated with the intrusions in the West Philippine Sea. Chinatown News is produced by fellow Filipinos who belong to the Filipino-Chinese community. They are part of Philippine society,” Reyes explained on Twitter.
She also guaranteed that what’s aired on the show is under the editorial control of ABS-CBN.
Apart from this, she also cautioned the public about ‘racial discrimination.’
“We resist discrimination against any race or ethnicity. The airing on ANC of Chinatown News should not be equated with the intrusions in the West Ph Sea. Chinatown News is produced by fellow Filipinos who belong to the Filipino-Chinese community. They are part of Philippine society,” Reyes stressed.
In the Social Weather Stations’ (SWS) recent survey, Filipinos remain ‘skeptical’ of China – given its continuous presence in the West Philippine Sea as well as its militarization of the nautical area.
CNTV is produced by Horizon of the Sun Communications Inc. – the same company that ran the lifestyle show Chinatown TV.
Chinatown TV co-produced the music video for “Iisang Dagat,” a song penned by Chinese Ambassador to Manila Huang Xilian. The song earned displeasure from many Filipinos after being perceived as propaganda for China’s presence in the West PH Sea.
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Image credit: CNTV’s Official Facebook Channel