ABS-CBN, TV5 and Radio Mindanao Network are all asked by KBP to pay P30,000 for violating its rules on appropriate coverage.
According to its internal investigative panel, all 3 networks were found out to have crossed the line just to get a good scoop on the August 2010 Luneta hostage-taking crisis.
PCIJ or Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism however said that the penalty of P30,000 is very petty compared to the number of lives lost and risked, time lost in finger pointing, and damage to international relations and tourism.
KBP However did not impose a penalty on GMA 7 since it is not a member of the organization.
In the Philippines, revival of foreign songs or songs recorded in the US mostly, is rampant. OPM Artist (Original Pilipino Music) Nonoy Zuniga, in an interview with ABS-CBN, appeals to local composers here to find ways to make royalty fees attractive so that recording companies will be encouraged to revive classic Filipino music.
It is estimated that 60 percent of the music produced locally now are remakes of foreign music, songs like “Too Much Love Will Kill You by Queen” revived by Jovit Baldovino.
In an effort to revive the local industry, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas and Filipino Composers Development Cooperative (FILCOMDEC) joined to form ClickMusic.com.ph. ClickMusic’s business model works like iTunes, where music fans can buy songs individually, instead of an entire album.
ClickMusic will also be launching the first KBP Pop Music Festival, with the aim of discovering new talents.
In the meantime, President Aquino pushes a directive that will strengthen mandatory airplay of OPM music on every radio station.
The KBP Code, under Music sections, item number 1, states that:
All stations shall actively promote the growth and development of Filipino music. Radio stations are encouraged to schedule OPM’s in accordance with existing provision of law and the KBP rules and regulations (4 OPM’s every clockhour).