Veteran broadcaster explains why ABS-CBN’s frequencies are most coveted in broadcast industry

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In an article written by Bilyonaryos, it discusses the reason why the richest and most influential individuals are circling like vultures on the television and radio frequencies that ABS-CBN Corp after it was ordered to shutdown. 

The Kapamilya network is on the verge of losing its frequencies if they do not get back its franchise soon with the help of either Congress or the Supreme Court or both.

To name some of ABS-CBN’s franchise which includes 35 regional TV stations, 15 FM radio stations and three AM stations but its cash cows are its frequencies in Metro Manila:

* Channel 2 (55.25 MHz in the VHF band 1)

* Channel 23 (525.25 MHz in the UHF band)

* DZMM (630 kHz in the AM band)

* MOR 101.9 (101.9 kHz in the FM band)

As explained by ABS-CBN's veteran TFC news anchor Gel Santos Relos why these frequencies are so desirable to any broadcaster, she said:

“The lower the frequency, the more desirable, as the rate of propagation, or coverage, per watt of broadcast power is more efficient. This applies to both analog and digital broadcast.” 

“The higher in the frequency spectrum you go, the more power you will need to achieve the same effective coverage."

"ABS-CBN has the lowest analog frequency allocated in the VHF band, because it was the first television station in the Philippines,” she said in a column in Asian Journal.

She explained that frequencies were “allocated by geography and date of application;"

 "This is dictated both by the first-come-first-served nature of the allocations, and the archipelagic nature of our geography.”

ABS-CBN was formed in 1967 in a merger between Alto Broadcasting System (owned by Antonio Quirino, the brother of then President Elpidio Quirino) and Chronicle Broadcasting Network (CBN) of Don Eugenio Lopez Sr. (the grandfather of bilyonaryo Gabby Lopez).

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