HISTORIC AGREEMENT: Mediaquest and ABS-CBN officially announce their partnership to strengthen its free to air network. Present are (L-R) Smart & PLDT President & CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio, Mediaquest Holdings President & CEO Jane J. Basas, Mediaquest Holdings Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, ABS-CBN Chairman Mark L. Lopez, ABS-CBN President & CEO Carlo L. Katigbak, and ABS-CBN Chief Partnership Officer Bobby V. Barreiro

Television networks ABS-CBN and TV5 “agreed to pause” in connection with the execution of an Investment Agreement that will allow ABS-CBN to acquire 6,459,393 primary (new) common shares in TV5 representing 34.99 percent of the total voting and outstanding capital stock of TV5 for an aggregate subscription price of P2.16 billion.

The move came in a statement issued by both television networks ABS-CBN and TV5. The full statement:

“To address the issues which have been raised by certain legislators and the National Telecommunications Commission on the proposed investment by ABS-CBN for a minority interest in TV5, ABS-CBN and TV5 have agreed to a pause in their closing preparations. 

“This pause will give the space for both media organizations to respond to the issues and accommodate any relevant changes to the terms. 

“Both ABS-CBN and TV5 believe that an agreement between the two media companies will have a favorable impact on Philippine media, and on free-to-air television—which remains the most affordable and extensive source of entertainment and public service to Filipinos.”

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2022/08/24/abs-cbn-tv5-agree-to-pause-on-landmark-deal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=abs-cbn-tv5-agree-to-pause-on-landmark-deal)