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(From Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Byline: Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
FOR the first time in over a decade, the last jewel in the Lopez empire, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., is under serious threat from archrival GMA Broadcasting Corp.
GMA is on an all-out bid to grab the top spot in the prized ratings game over the next two years.
Orchestrating GMA's assault is lawyer Felipe L. Gozon who has declared that it is not the quality of the shows which are of prime importance but the bottom line.
In a previous interview he says he is not one to put too much emphasis on quality shows as most of these do not make money.
"Ever since I came on as President and CEO, I told everybody how I hated being number 2 and that all our next moves should be geared towards regaining our number one position,'' Gozon says.
In two years under Gozon, GMA claims it has narrowed the gap with ABS-CBN on overall ratings from a gaping 70 percent in the late 1980s and 1990s to single-digit levels at present.
"We're either closing in or getting even or slightly ahead of ABS-CBN in all major time slots except for …