Many of my friends both online and offline are still asking me when would the Probe feature about internet broadband issues in which I was interviewed for be aired?
I’d always tell them I really don’t know or maybe they were still looking for the right time to air the segment because of the sudden chain of national events that have unfolded just recently. Wednesday night after Wednesday night, I’d stay up late until past midnight just to watch the Probe hoping that finally the segment would be aired. Unfortunately it still has not.
I stopped watching the Probe on TV and instead followed their newest videos via their website. It saves time and allows me to get some much needed sleep. Still, the segment about broadband consumer woes were no where to be found.
Finally, I emailed them asking when the segment would be shown? Just a couple of days ago their answer finally came and I was left speechless. Literally.
Probe has decided not to air the segment on broadband services. The airing of the segment had been moved several times to make way for more timely political stories. After weighing the relevance of the story amid all other stories happening now, the editors decided that it was not the right time to air a segment about consumer complaints about a service that only a small part of the population subscribes to.
We thank you however for accommodating us for interviews and for responding to our requests for additional information. We hope you will continue to support Probe and extend the same courtesy to us in the future.
So what can I say?
I’m torn between being raging mad or just letting it go for they have a valid reason in shelving the segment. After all, internet problems are the least of the Filipino masses’ concerns. Then again…oh nevermind.
To the Probe, thank you very much for the opportunity, though aborted, of speaking out on an issue that may not be in the grassroots level, but an issue for the Filipino consumer nonetheless. It was an experience I’d never forget.