LOOK: GMA-7’s ‘Saksi’ shows solidarity with ABS-CBN.
MANILA — On Friday, “Saksi,” the late night newscast of ABS-CBN’s rival station GMA-7, ended a little bit differently from what their loyal viewers were used to. No theme music, no lights –they wanted the focus to be purely on the screen at the back.
Sitting behind just the hosts, it showed ABS-CBN’s iconic transmitter tower along Mother Ignacia in Quezon City and the network’s logo, a solemn tribute punctuated by them changing their extro to: “Para sa malayang Pilipino, kaisa kami ng lahat sa pagiging saksi.”
It was a rare show of solidarity, as many have pointed out, just hours after lawmakers voted against the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise –a move widely seen as an attack on press freedom.
A collection of screenshots documenting it was shared by a Facebook user named Dawnie Tiu, crediting the page Media News Blog, and has since gone viral with more than 23,000 likes and 12,000 shares.
It was on Friday when a House committee decided to deny ABS-CBN’s bid to renew its 25-year franchise, keeping the network’s main broadcast platforms off the air and places thousands of jobs at risk.
A host of celebrities, including GMA-7 star Jennylyn Mercado, has spoken up on the topic, calling out those rejoicing the closure of ABS-CBN and expressing solidarity with those affected.