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ABS-CBN shows to air on Bro. Eddie's channel

Shuttered media giant ABS-CBN has found a new home for its entertainment programs and movies after announcing Tuesday a block time agreement with the Zoe Broadcasting Network, founded by religious leader and party-list Rep. Eddie Villanueva.

Zoe Broadcasting said it would be rebranding its VHF (very high frequency) Channel 11 as “A2Z” starting October, which would be "the home of the newest TV experience for Filipinos as it offers relevant, informative and entertaining content geared towards spiritual strengthening."

The programs include entertainment shows, educational content, public service programs, and movies produced by ABS-CBN Corp. of the Lopez Group. and would start airing Oct. 10.

Villanueva reportedly met with President Rodrigo Duterte in a prayer meeting at Malacanang to inform him about the deal with ABS-CBN, according to a local news website. He had accompanied Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, the presumed Speaker-in-waiting.

The party-list solon, who also founded the evangelical Jesus is Lord Church, is also the father of Senator Joel Villanueva.

“The rebranded VHF channel will serve viewers with uplifting and inspiring shows of life, love and hope, educational programs, local and foreign movies, and some of the best-loved ABS-CBN shows through a block time arrangement and programs from licensors like Christian Broadcasting Network, Knowledge Channel and others,” Zoe Broadcasting said.

Some of the programs on Zoe’s Light TV 33 on UHF (ultra-high frequency) will also air on A2Z, the company said.

In a separate statement, ABS-CBN said “starting Saturday [Oct. 10], some entertainment shows and movies of ABS-CBN would be seen on the newly rebranded A2Z channel 11 through an agreement between ABS-CBN and Zoe Broadcasting Network Inc.”

The Lopez firm did not say if its influential news programs would be included in the block time deal.

ABS-CBN said it continued to produce content for various companies, platforms and audiences here and abroad.

“ABS-CBN and Zoe are committed to work together to provide entertainment, public service programs and educational content to the public,” it said.

Zoe Broadcasting chairman and president Sherwin Tugna said A2Z’s lineup of programs were assembled with the goal of fulfilling the spiritual, information and entertainment needs of Filipinos during the pandemic and beyond.

“Zoe Channel 11 TV gets a new name, a new look and a new journey serving God and the Filipino people. We strive to provide Filipinos with the best type of programming and bring glory to the Lord above,” he said.

A2Z can be viewed on Channel 11 on free TV via analog broadcast in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. It will also be available on cable and satellite TV like Sky Cable (on Channel 11).

ABS-CBN’s television and radio operations and subsidiaries were shut down after Congress rejected the renewal of the group’s franchise to operate.

ABS-CBN Convergence’s franchise likewise expired on March 17, 2020, while ABS-CBN Corp.’s franchise ended on May 4, 2020.

The closure of its television and radio operations and consumer businesses resulted in a massive retrenchment of its employees.

ABS-CBN shut down permanently the operations of its experience and retail businesses on Aug. 31, including Studio Tours, ABS-CBN Store, Hado Pilipinas, Heroes Burger and ABS-CBN Studio Experience.

The network also closed down 12 local “TV Patrol” programs and MOR 101.9 For Life! in Manila on Aug. 28.

ABS-CBN and its subsidiaries had 6,730 regular employees, 900 non-regular employees and 3,325 talents and project-based employees as of 2018.

Topics: ABS-CBN , Zoe Broadcasting Network , Eddie Villanueva , Joel Villanueva , ABS-CBN Studio Experience , Sherwin Tugna
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