ABS-CBN gets exclusive rights to Bb Pilipinas 2017 live coverage

BB PILIPINAS 2017. BCPI grants the ABS-CBN network exclusive rights to the live coverage of the pageant's coronation night. Photographed are some of the candidates during the pageant's Parade of Beauties. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

BB PILIPINAS 2017. BCPI grants the ABS-CBN network exclusive rights to the live coverage of the pageant's coronation night. Photographed are some of the candidates during the pageant's Parade of Beauties.

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN has the sole and exclusive rights to the live coverage of the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 coronaton night on Sunday, April 30, banning all other media outfits to post live text, photo, or video updates of the pageant.

This is in accordance with the media's accreditation agreement with Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc (BPCI), the organization that owns the pageant.

The agreement, signed by accredited media on Friday, April 28, states that BPCI has granted ABS-CBN the sole and exclusive rights to the live coverage of the coronation night. ABS-CBN is BCPI's sponsor and broadcast partner for the event.

The network is also set to air a delayed telecast of the show from 10 pm Sunday. The broadcast is scheduled to end 3 hours later, at around 1 am on Monday, May 1.

Accredited media agreed to post updates and share audience members' updates on coronation night only after ABS-CBN's delayed telecast.

In an email sent to accredited media on Saturday, April 29, BPCI Communications and PR said that the limitations to other media networks were put in place to avoid any losses ABS-CBN might incur because of others' live updates.

"The big issue here is we are trying to curb anything that would pre-empt whatever will happen on Coronation Night and the subsequent telecast," they said. "More specifically, the real time text and image updates pertaining to the Coronation itself, live video feeds and streaming of the event online. This is only to prevent our broadcast partner from suffering any losses."

They added later in the email: "We understand how limiting this is and we request for your understanding and cooperation. Please know we hope to devise a better way to do this in the next pageant."

On Sunday, the 6 reigning Bb Pilipinas queens, including Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina, will crown their successors.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is set to host the event, along with Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj and actor Xian Lim. – Rappler.com

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