Solar Entertainment Corp. (Solar) and Fox International Channels Philippines Corp. (Fox) are battling it out in court. The issue revolves around the definition of mass media and, ultimately, whether or not Fox, by providing content for cable television, is engaged in a fully nationalised industry.
We can only speculate how the case will be decided, but SEC-OGC Opinion No. 16-17
may give us a clue. Here, mass media was defined as “any medium of communication designed
to reach the masses and that tends to set the standards, ideals, and aims of the masses, the distinctive feature of which is the dissemination of information and ideas to the public, or a
portion thereof. It refers to any means or methods used to convey advertising messages to the public such as television, radio, magazine, cinema, billboards, posters, streamers, hand bills, leaflets, mails, and the like.”
In conclusion, the Office of the General Counsel opined that “HDI, by leasing out or subleasing advertising spaces… actually provides a medium to disseminate or convey advertising messages to the public, and hence, is a mass media entity.
So is providing content for cable television a “medium of communication designed to reach the masses… the distinctive feature of which is the dissemination of information and ideas to
the public”? And consequently, is Solar correct in saying that Fox is a mass media entity?
We will find out sooner or later – but until then, regular programming continues.