SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
A former Manila Mayor has proposed a ban on the showing of foreign television series during prime time.
"Foreign teleseryes have been eating into the primetime schedules of television companies, and thereby push the Philippine-produced shows to unfavorable timeslots," Rep. Jose Atienza, Jr. (Buhay Party-list) said.
Atienza is author of HB 3839 or "An Act prohibiting the broadcast of foreign television series, also known as teleseryes, during prime time, while the local television industry is recovering, and for other purposes."
Primetime is the peak time slot of television broadcasts, usually between 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. A foreign teleserye is a TV series produced by a country other than the Philippines and televised on weekdays in Philippine television during primetime.
Atienza stressed that it should be the policy of the State to protect the local entertainment industry, and to promote creativity needed to spur production and increase employment.
"Not only are locally produced TV shows pushed to unfavorable timeslots but, worse, local producers have ceased making original productions for television," Atienza said.
Atienza pointed out that while it is entertaining to watch television shows from neighboring countries such as South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, the proliferation of such shows reduces the time available for Philippine-produced shows.
"I know that my proposal will cause controversy, but there is need to regulate the entry of foreign teleseryes into primetime programming to promote local creativity and empower Philippine producers to create content and employ more local talents," Atienza stressed.
The bill has been referred by plenary to the House Committee on Public Information for its appropriate consideration and action.