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    ABS-CBN, TV5, PTV in three-way fight for rights to broadcast SEA Games

    Jun 20, 2017

    TV5, ABS-CBN and PTV are vying for the rights to air the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    The three networks have submitted their proposals and the Philippine Olympic Committee is expected to come out with a decision soon, according to POC media relations officer Robert Mananquil.

    "We discussed it already with Cong. Peping (Cojuangco, POC president) and other people involved in the POC. They will just decide. Nagmamadali na nga sila," he said.

    "Cong. has to sign the MOA (memorandum of agreement) on whoever is the broadcaster for the Philippines," said Mananquil.

    The MOA will be given to the SEA Games Federation broadcast committee to be forwarded to the Malaysia SEA Games Organizing Committee (Masoc) for the other arrangements.

    "Ang importante sa amin and that is also based on the guidelines of SEA Games Federation broadcast committee is the coverage and substance para kapag ipalabas sa country mo ay iba," said Mananquil.

    Sports5 aired the SEA Games across TV5 and Aksyon TV two years ago in Singapore and in 2011 where they jointly aired it with ABS-CBN.

    PTV, a government station, had also handled the telecast of the SEA Games in previous editions before the private networks took over.

    The SEA Games coverage could be a lucrative endeavor for the networks with the Gilas cadets squad competing in basketball and the popular women's volleyball team also seeing action.

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