Maraming empleyado ng ABS-CBN Corporation ang tuluyan nang nawalan ng trabaho nitong katapusan ng buwan ng Agosto dahil sa pagsasara ng giant network. Natigil ang operasyon ng ABS-CBN kasama ang mga FM at AM radio stations nito sa buong Pilipinas at iba pang subsidiaries ng kompanya nang hindi pinayagan ng Kongreso na ma-renew ang prangkisa nito.
Isa ang award-winning director and writer na si Direk Joey Reyes na labis na nalulungkot sa sinapit ng ABS-CBN employees na nag-end na ang journey sa network nitong August 28.
Matagal na naging bahagi ng ABS-CBN at Star Cinema si Direk Joey. Siya ang writer ng top-rating sitcom ng Dos na Palibhasa Lalake (1987 to 1998) at ng Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata (1991 to 1997).
Siya rin ang director ng mga blockbuster movies ng Star Cinema tulad ng May Minamahal (1993 MMFF entry), Pare Ko (1995), Hataw Na (1995), Batang PX (1997), Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo (2006 MMFF entry), Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo (2007 MMFF movie) at marami pang iba.
“What ‘they’ do not realize is that the closure of ABS-CBN does not only mean the end of a network but a major change in the landscape of free TV, advertising, and other ancillary businesses and industries,” simulang bahagi ng Facebook post ng director nitong Lunes, August 31.
“The implications to the economy and the very structure of free entertainment are now undergoing this drastic shift that can obliterate the model of accessible entertainment as we knew it before. There are, after all, alternative forms of entertainment ... some with payment but others equally free in terms of streaming or simply downloading.
“And, yes—there are venues like Facebook and YouTube now offering their own room for particular content,” pagpapatuloy pa niya.
Ayon pa sa premyadong direktor, ang August 31 ay simula ng tinatawag niyang “interesting times.”
“Suddenly the dichotomy between KAPAMILYA and KAPUSO is becoming non-essential ... not that it ever was aside from its marketing function and use.
“And what a time to go through this—when the entire world is on the cusp of an economic meltdown, when businesses are closing down and productions on all levels are going through birthing pains of the demands of the New Normal.
“Yes, it is the 31st of August 2020. Welcome to the interesting times. The most interesting times.
“They thought they were just shutting down a network. ‘They’ never realized that they could have hastened the end of an entire medium,” huling bahagi ng kanyang post.