— datgirl™ (@iDatgirl) July 14, 2014
UNTV slams Sofitel for removal of their channel from hotel listing
(UPDATED with comments from Sofitel: 4:20 pm, July 15) Apparently, channel wars are not limited to network bigwigs ABS-CBN and GMA 7.
The campaign was announced by television host and current CEO of UNTV Daniel Razon in his morning show “Good Morning Kuya.”
“They (Sofitel) removed UNTV from its channels,” John Erick De Ocampo, one of UNTV Radio’s hosts explained in a phone interview, “We offered to give them digibox in case the channel’s reception is poor but they still turned it down.”
De Ocampo said that UNTV is part of the must-carry channels, so the hotel has no reason to remove it.
Here is UNTV’s official fan page post, calling on to supporters.
Since then, Facebook walls and Twitter timelines have been exploding with posts and tweets with supporters lamenting on the removal of the “only public service channel” in Sofitel’s televisions.
Aanhin ang pagiging 5-star hotel nyo kung nagdidiscriminate naman kayo ng isang public service channel? We say #NoToSofitel!
— michelle tungol (@meowscare) July 14, 2014
— RG Borja (@rgborja) July 14, 2014
— Pauline Arellano (@polarellano) July 15, 2014
This afternoon, the official Facebook page of Sofitel Manila released a statement regarding the matter.
UNTV’s supporters have been decrying that the network has been a victim of “media discrimination,” but religious leader and minister of Members Church of God International Bro. Eli Soriano seemed to look into another layer on the de-listing of the channel.
kaya bina ban ang untv kasi takot sila na ang magche check in sa sofitel makapakinig! mabubulgar aral nilang bulok!
— Brother Eli Soriano (@BroEliSoriano) July 14, 2014
UNTV is also known for its broadcast of Soriano’s religious program “Ang Dating Daan.”