Broadcast firm GMA Network Inc. on Thursday filed a P15-million civil action libel suit against rival network ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., its executives and talents over what GMA said were false and malicious allegations of ratings manipulation.
“It’s a civil action for the defamation done by ABS-CBN against GMA. There was a series of on-the-air fabrication of statements imputing GMA 7 as behind the alleged rigging, manipulation of TV ratings in Bacolod City,” GMA Network legal counsel Gener Asuncion said.
AGB letter to advertisers
In a letter sent by AGB Nielsen to advertisers dated December 17, General
Manager Maya Reforma said they wrote GMA 7 last December 3 to confirm ?whether [GMA 7] was responsible for the activities being committed mainly in Iloilo and Bacolod as claimed by ABS-CBN.”
On the same day, Reforma said that ABS-CBN wrote AGB Nielsen to demand that they completely shut down their TV Ratings service on the basis of the allegations made by ABS-CBN regarding the ?systematic, organized, and well-funded attempt to cheat in the ratings.”
In response to ABS-CBN?s demand, Reforma said: ?We asked ABS-CBN to allow us to complete the investigation as well as requested it to provide us with the evidence that will support its claim.”
?We followed up on the evidence which ABS-CBN said it will deliver to us? To date, ABS-CBN has not furnished us with these evidences,” Reforma added.
God is on our side. LOL