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Stiff competition forces TV channels to export shows

Published August 18, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Thai heartthrob actor Mario Maurer who was recently appointed by the TAT as Thai tourism ambassador recently posed his selfie shot back-grounded by a huge group of his fans during a meet-and-greet event at a shopping mall in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Thai heartthrob actor Mario Maurer who was recently appointed by the TAT as Thai tourism ambassador recently posed his selfie shot back-grounded by a huge group of his fans during a meet-and-greet event at a shopping mall in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

DRIVEN BY intense competition in the digital-TV broadcasting industry, leading production houses and broadcasters have been forced to create quality content not only to attract local viewers, but also to distribute and place Thai ‘soft power’ in overseas markets.

Back in 2010, the “Battle of Angels” – a Thai soap opera revealing a love story among flight attendants – was a massive hit in mainland China and made Thai actor Nawat “Pong” Kulrattanarak one of the most popular overseas actor in that country. T-Pop (Thai-popular) culture via entertainment content remains a force in China to this day, as well as in neighbouring countries.

Takonkiet Viravan, who was behind the success of “Battle of Angels”, now serves as chief executive officer of GMM One Digital TV – the operator of One 31 digital-TV channel – and his production houses, Exact and Scenario, continue to export Thai-made soap operas.

“Since we have our own digital free-to-air TV channels, we have had to increase the number of quality television dramas and situation comedies. And most of them have been sold to our long-time partners,” he said. This year, more than 10 TV soaps and sitcoms are being made by the business for broadcasting via this form of media outlet.

Surapol Perapongpipath, director for sales at GMM One Digital TV, said the company also distributed these finished programmes to neighbouring countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and China.

Among the exported shows are “Miss Beauty and Talent Thailand, Season 1”, “News Syndrome” and “Leh Ratree”.

“After our shows were aired overseas, our actors and actress also became well-known in those countries. This was a great chance for talented Thai artists to broaden their overseas fan base,” he said.

Srisuda Wanapinyosak, deputy governor for international marketing (Asia and South Pacific) at theTourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), told The Nation that the popularity of Thai soap operas and films that had been aired overseas could help raise awareness of the country.

“We realised the importance of T-Pop in some countries, namely Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and China. Therefore, the TAT recently appointed Thai heartthrob actor Mario Maurer as Thai tourism ambassador in those markets,” she explained.

Mario became a sensation in the acting world because of his performances in a number of top-rated films over the past decade: “The Love of Siam” in 2007, “A Little Thing Called Love” in 2010 and “Pee Mak Prakanong” in 2013. The TAT plans to organise a series of Mario meet-and-greet events in China, the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia during the remainder of the year, she said.

Saithip Montrikul na Ayudhaya, CEO of GMM Channel Digital TV – the operator of GMM 25 digital-TV station – said a number of finished programmes, such as “Club Friday: The Series, Seasons 1-8”, “Wanna Be Sup’tar” and “Ugly Duckling”, had been sold to Southeast Asian markets.

Among local production houses, Workpoint Entertainment appears to be going further than its peers, as it has exported 19 format programmes to five continents after jumping onto this bandwagon in 1999.

Thanasak Hunarak, the company’s chief business development officer, said Workpoint had sold at least 10 format programmes and another 10 finished programmes to key markets such as France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Peru, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore and the US.

Some digital TVs oppose drafting of new plan

Published June 16, 2016 by SoClaimon

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SOME DIGITAL terrestrial TV stations oppose the drafting of the second master plan for radio and television as they believe that the broadcasting regulator still has not delivered on its promises under the current one.

“The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission should extend the execution of the current master plan until the term of the five members of NBTC’s broadcasting committee comes to an end next year,” Adisak Limparungpatanakij, president of Nation Broadcasting Corporation, the operator of Nation TV digital news Channel 22, said yesterday.

“That would ensure that they can use the remaining time to solve all issues in the broadcasting industry,” he said.

Other stations – New TV and TNN 24 – also agree that the broadcasting regulator must fix all problems that surfaced after the launch of digital terrestrial TV. They include a concrete time frame for the analog switch-off, coverage and quality of digital TV signals and a subsidy scheme for media-content development.

Adisak also said there should not be a new radio and TV master plan until the Digital Economy and Society Ministry and two new ministerial agencies – the National Economy Committee and the Digital Economy Promotion Agency – are established to take responsibility for the development of the “digital economy”.

“Under the ongoing changes, the NBTC is expected to be transformed and restructured to suit the whole new structure under the ‘digital economy’ policy,” he said.

This idea was raised among participants from digital-TV stations at a workshop organised by the NBTC to brainstorm on the key components in the draft master plan for national radio and TV broadcasting services, which is expected to replace the current plan when it expires next April.

However, Vichai RoopKhumdee, a member of the working committee on the master plan, said the key intention was not to implement this master plan immediately but the NBTC wanted to prepare essential points before the new members of the NBTC assume office and take up this matter for consideration.

The working panel is led by Peerapong Manakit, a member of the NBTC’s broadcasting committee who oversees a subcommittee on content and TV programming.

The quality of digital-TV transmission was another key issue raised by several representatives from leading TV stations.

A representative from Bangkok Broadcasting and Television, the operator of Channel 7, complained that the quality of digital TV signals both in standard and high definition were unsatisfactory compared with the quality of pictures from satellite TV.

This concern should be added to the second master plan, he said.

Some representatives also called for financial support for content development and TV rating measurement to be written into the next plan.

Nation TV aims to broaden its appeal with edutainment shows

Published June 16, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Nation Broadcasting Corporation president and chief executive officer Adisak Limparungpatanakij, third from right, and other NBC executives announce the channel’s new strategy under the concept ‘Nation beyond News’ to celebrate its 16th anniversary.

Nation Broadcasting Corporation president and chief executive officer Adisak Limparungpatanakij, third from right, and other NBC executives announce the channel’s new strategy under the concept ‘Nation beyond News’ to celebrate its 16th anniversary.

THE NATION TV 24-hour news station, broadcasting on digital channel 22, is overhauling its programming under the concept of “Nation beyond News” with world-class edutainment to help broaden its target audience and boost its ratings.

“After achieving great success as the No 1 in news, Nation TV will go beyond a news station. The next chapter is that we must be news plus world-class edutainment,” Adisak Limparungpatanakij, president and chief executive officer of Nation Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), the operator of Nation TV, said yesterday.

The move was part of the celebration of the 16th anniversary of this 24-hour news station.

Nation TV wants to expand its viewer base by adding a line-up of world-class documentaries, films, variety shows and travel and lifestyle programmes to attract new audiences on top of those who enjoy getting updated news and comprehensive and in-depth analysis from Nation TV’s professionals.

According to a study by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, high-purchasing-power customers are big fans of news stations. Nation TV was recognised by those consumers as their top choice for catching the latest goings-on.

Heading the new line-up are “Nova”, a popular and award-winning science documentary series from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) network in the United States, and the “Frontline” documentary series.

“We are delighted to screen those top-rated documentaries, which are relevant to Nation TV’s core values,” Adisak said.

“In the near future, we will invite the executive producers of those documentaries to share their thoughts and knowledge with our teams and also our valued audience.”

The company has also joined forces with leading content distributors Hollywood Thailand and Documentary Club to bring world-class and award-winning documentary films to be aired on Nation TV.

This starts with “A Matter of Taste” directed by New Zealand-born Sally Rowe. The documentary follows the career of talented chef Paul Liebrandt over the course of a decade in New York City.

To appeal to entertainment addicts, strategic partners like MVTV Thailand will provide Chinese films and variety shows, JKN Global Media will distribute Indian and US TV programmes and Rose Entertainment Corporation will offer Japanese TV shows. The travel show “The Passion” will also air soon.

“With this TV revamp, Nation TV aims to rank among the top 10 digital TV stations by the end of this year,” Adisak said.

NBTC rules out late payment

Published June 1, 2016 by SoClaimon

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ALL DIGITAL TV broadcasters will have to pay the third instalment of the upfront licence fees before the deadline set for next Monday, the broadcasting regulator warned, saying there was no option of delaying the payment.

Recently, seven of 22 existing digital TV operators submitted a letter to the junta seeking relief, by allowing them to defer the payment of the third instalment of the upfront licence fee, but there has been no response so far.

Yesterday, Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the Broadcasting Committee at the National Broadcasting and Telecommuni-cations Commission (NBTC), held an urgent conference to confirm that all digital TV licensees must comply with the broadcasting regulation by paying the third instalment of the licence fees within the set deadline.

“If any of them fails to show up by next Monday, the NBTC has to issue collection letters to order them to pay those fees with an annual interest rate of 7.5 per cent within a centain period perscribed by the committee,” Natee said.

In this round, the NBTC expects to receive total revenue of about Bt9.26 billion inclusive of value-added tax, paid by 24 terrestrial-based digital TV broadcasters. Of total figures, about Bt3.94 billion will be from seven digital TV licensees under high-definition (HD) variety category; around Bt3.19 billion from seven digital TV licensees under standard-definition (SD) variety category; approximately Bt1.81 billion from seven digital TV licensees under SD news category and the rest of about Bt377 million will come from three family channels.

Early this year, the NBTC had revoked Thai TV Co’s two digital licences – a news channel and a family category – after it refused to pay the second instalment of upfront licence fee last year. However, Bangkok Bank, the financial guarantor of Thai TV Co paid the amount on behalf of its clients.

Bangkok Bank is reported to have taken the responsibility for the new round of payment for its client as well. According to the NBTC, Thai TV has to pay a total of Bt384.344 million for the third instalment of licence fees. Of the total amount, Bt260.651 million will be for its news channel while the remaining Bt123.692 million will be for its family channel.

So far, Mono Broadcast, the operator of Mono 29 digital television channel, has already paid the third instalment of the upfront licence fee, totalling Bt440.84 million inclusive of the value-added tax, to the broadcasting regulator.

Mono 29 became the second digital TV licencee to make the payment after Bangkok Broadcasting and Television, the operator of Channel 7HD in the digital terrestrial TV system, paid Bt559.61 million last week.

Speaking on behalf of BEC-Multimedia, a digital TV licensee, Surin Krittiyaphongphun, the executive vice president of Bangkok Entertainment Company, operator of Channel 3 analog, said BEC-Multimedia will certainly be making the payment before the deadline.

State auditor finds against simulcast programming of Channel 3

Published May 19, 2016 by SoClaimon

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THE SIMULCAST of Channel 3’s full analogue programming via digital channel 33HD, run by Channel 3’s sister company, appears to violate broadcasting regulations, the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) has found.

The state auditor is calling for either revision or revocation of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission resolution made on September 29, 2014, to allow BEC-Multimedia – the operator of digital-TV channel 33 in high-definition – to simulcast Channel 3’s full analogue TV programmes.

According to a source at the NBTC, the OAG sent an urgent notice in writing to the chairman of the broadcasting regulator on April 19 about its investigative report related to the NBTC’s transition from the analogue system to digital.

In the letter, signed by auditor-general Pisit Leelavachiropas, the state audit office found that three out of five members of the NBTC’s Broadcasting Committee had agreed in 2014 to grant permission to BEC-Multimedia to transmit all programmes from Channel 3 in support of the national transition to digital broadcasting.

The three assenting members were Thawatchai Jittrapanun, Supinya Klangnarong and Peerapong Manakit, while Natee Sukonrat – chairman of the panel – and Taweesak Ngamsanga had opposed the idea because BEC-Multmedia and Bangkok Entertainment Company were not the same entity.

The state auditor also acknowledged in its letter that BEC-Multimedia was definitely a separate corporate entity from Bangkok Entertainment Company – the analogue operator of Channel 3 – even though both companies were owned by the same shareholders and were under the management of stock exchange-listed BEC World, according to the NBTC source.

BEC-Multimedia won a licence to run a digital terrestrial-TV channel in the high-definition category two years ago, while Bangkok Entertainment Company runs Channel 3 under an analogue broadcasting concession contract with MCOT.

Under Article 43 of the Act on Organisation to Assign Radio Frequency and to Regulate Broadcasting and Telecommunica-tions Service and Article 9 of the Operation of the Sound Broadcasting Service and the Television Broadcasting Service Act, a radio frequency licence for sound broadcasting and TV broadcasting is the exclusive right of the licensee – and is not transferable.

Meanwhile, the authorised licensee shall carry out its broadcasting business by itself, and business management either whole or in part shall not be rendered or permitted to another person to act on its behalf.

However, allocating the time slot to another person to run programming shall be allowed in accordance with the criteria and procedures prescribed by the NBTC, while the authorised licensee is allowed to allocating a maximum of 40 per cent of its time slots.

The state auditor also pointed out that from October to December 2014, BEC-Multimedia had received Bt407.45 million from Bangkok Entertainment Company in return for telecasting Channel 3 programmes via its digital-TV channel.

It maintained that this indicated that the two entities’ operations were completely separate, while the full simulcast via digital channel 33 appeared to breach the criteria and procedures prescribed by the NBTC.

Given those facts, the OAG has urged the NBTC as the broadcasting regulator to either revise or revoke its 2014 decision on this matter, according to the source.

Thai TV unfazed by first setback in court in battle with NBTC

Published March 18, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Thai TV Co still has high hopes of winning its fight with the broadcasting regulator even though at the first hearing on the case, the Central Administrative Court did not issue a temporary injunction against the seizure of the company’s bank guarantee after the revocation of its two digital-TV licences.

“We believe that we can win this long battle with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunic-ations Commission, which failed to marshal the transition from analog to digital TV in line with the national master plan. Our company was a victim of this failure,” said media veteran Pantipa “Sister Tim” Sakulchai, president of Thai TV Co.

Pantipa told the press after her legal team gave testimony yesterday at the hearing that her company would neither allow the NBTC to claim its bank guarantee nor pay fees and fines demanded by the commission.

However, NBTC member Supinya Klangnarong said Thai TV Co violated regulations by ending its public service without the permission of the commission, which was affecting the public interest.

In addition, if Thai TV wants to exit the current licence-based regime, it must comply with the law by paying the remaining five instalments of its upfront licence fees by March 13 after receiving an official notice of revocation of its licences from the NBTC, she said.

“I told the judges that granting a temporarily injunction could cause a domino effect on law enforcement both in the telecommunications and the broadcasting sector. Also, such a decision might have an impact on the collection of [state revenue] from previous auctions of radio frequencies as well as upcoming ones.”

The company had petitioned the court to issue a temporary injunction last week to protest against the NBTC’s administrative order of the revocation of two digital TV licences for Thai TV news station and Loca family channel, which was later renamed MVTV Family.

The notice also demanded full payment of the remaining five instalments of the upfront licence fees worth Bt1.63 billion plus value-added tax as well as the unpaid annual licence fees and a daily fine of Bt60,000 by March 13. But if Thai TV failed to respond, the bank guarantor, Bangkok Bank, should assume this responsibility.

Thai TV blasts NBTC after licences revoked

Published March 18, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Pantipa Sakulchai, centre, president of Thai TV Co, along with Suchat Chomkul, left, her legal adviser, insist that the company did no wrong in relinquishing its two digital terrestrial TV licences, at a press conference yesterday to kick off their fight

Pantipa Sakulchai, centre, president of Thai TV Co, along with Suchat Chomkul, left, her legal adviser, insist that the company did no wrong in relinquishing its two digital terrestrial TV licences, at a press conference yesterday to kick off their fight

Thai TV Co yesterday came out swinging at the broadcasting regulator, saying it would not allow the NBTC to cash in its bank guarantee and would not hand over Bt1.75 billion for upfront licence fees after receiving a notice of licence revocation.

“We did no wrong in refusing to pay the remaining instalments of the upfront licence fees and annual licence fee.

“It’s the full responsibility of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to create a digital terrestrial TV market completely safe and sound for new players,” said media veteran Pantipa “Sister Tim” Sakulchai, president of Thai TV.

To protest against this administrative order, the company has petitioned the Central Administrative Court to issue a temporary injunction.

Pantipa claimed that the NBTC had failed to marshal the transition from analog to digital TV in line with the national master plan.

The regulator also broke some of its promises to the industry, such as creating public awareness about this transition and other issues related to channel numbering and TV rating measurement, she said. The public still remained in the dark about digital TV.

Thai TV Co decided last year to return its licences to run news channel Thai TV and another channel for children and families called Loca, which was later renamed MVTV Family, after refusing to pay the Bt288-million second instalment of its upfront licence fee as well as the annual fee.

Last week, Thai TV Co received written notice of the revocation of the licences, which had been suspended for 90 days pending payment. The notice also demanded full payment of the remaining five instalments of the upfront licence fees worth Bt1.63 billion plus value-added tax as well as the unpaid annual licence fees and a daily fine of Bt60,000 within 30 days. But if Thai TV failed to respond, the bank guarantor, Bangkok Bank, should assume this responsibility.

To protest against the NBTC’s decision, Suchat Chomkul, legal adviser for Thai TV, said his company had yesterday asked the Central Administrative Court to void the NBTC’s order and issue a temporary injunction on Monday because the company would not allow the commission to claim the bank guarantee.

Suchat said the court planned to hold its first hearing on the case on Tuesday.

Thai TV has been completely blacklisted from any broadcasting activities, but Pantipa still continues to produce and supply full TV programmes to the “44 TV Pool Movie Hits” satellite TV station under a revenue-sharing agreement. She acknowledged that her son’s company Thai TV Pool was now applying for a broadcasting licence to run a new free-to-air satellite TV channel.

Media group blasts failure of NBTC to deal with digital TV woes

Published March 18, 2016 by SoClaimon

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A MEDIA association yesterday expressed disappointment over the broadcasting regulator’s role in assisting troubled digital-TV players after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC)admitted that it could not respond constructively to the industry’s demands.

The NBTC came to that conclusion after holding a special meeting on the matter on Wednesday.

Kematat Paladesh, president of the Radio and Television Broadcasting Professional Federation, said two months of brainstorming to solve the protracted problems in the digital-TV business appeared to amount to nothing after the NBTC could not agree to the main requests made recently by a group of broadcasters through the NBTC panel assigned to solve such problems.

The troubled digital-TV players want the regulator to support them by delaying the third instalment of the upfront licence fee to relieve their tight financial straits.

However, the NBTC decided not to follow through with the request, citing the law. Under Section 42 of the Organisation to Assign Radio Frequencies and to Regulate Broadcasting and Telecommunications Services Act of 2010, all licence holders must pay the licence fee yearly at an appropriate rate for the type of licence in accordance with the Broadcasting Act.

On behalf of the president of Bangkok Media and Broadcasting, the operator of the PPTV digital TV station, Kematat said the result of the NBTC’s special meeting was unsatisfactory.

PPTV is among the seven major digital TV stations that last year sued the NBTC for damages at the Central Administrative Court, allegedly caused by the regulator’s negligence in marshalling the transition from analog to digital TV.

The other six stations were One, Thairath TV, GMM 25, Bright TV, Now 26 and Nation TV.

In preparation for the next hearing at the court, Kematat said his company was planning to discuss this matter with the other six broadcasters next week.

Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the NBTC, said recently that his administration would also submit the results of Wednesday’s meeting to the court.

NBTC member Supinya Klangnarong said she believed that those digital TV operators would ask the court to issue a temporary injunction to protect them from having to pay the third instalment of the upfront licence fee, whose deadline is May 24.

Supinya’s subcommittee overseeing consumer rights protection is also attempting to set ethical and social-responsibility standards by drafting a new rule to govern all holders of digital TV licences. The rule would serve as the terms and conditions of a TV broadcasting licence.

The move comes after TV Channel 3 allowed famous host Sorrayuth Suthassnachinda to go back on the air despite his conviction for bribery, which raised an uproar over media ethics.

However, representatives of digital-TV channels who participated in a meeting held yesterday by Supinya’s panel seemed to think differently, as they preferred a self- or co-regulated approach, instead of law enforcement.

“If they want to do that [self-regulation], they must submit a code of practices and guidelines to my panel by the end of next month for consideration of the NBTC’s broadcasting committee,” Supinya said.

CAT signs MoU to upgrade cable TV systems to digital

Published January 22, 2016 by SoClaimon

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CAT Telecom yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Association of Cable and Satellite TV Network Providers (CABSAT) to upgrade the analog cable-TV broadcasting systems of many of the association’s members to digital technology.

CABSAT counts 300 cable-TV operators in its membership. Of that total, 193 are operating on an analog system and the rest on digital technology. CAT aims for all 300 to use its fibre-optics system.

This MoU will pave the way for the state telecom agency to access CABSAT members’ cable-TV subscribers, totalling 3 million households. This will give CAT the chance to offer its broadband Internet service to them.

CAT acting president Colonel Sanphachai Huvanandana said the partnership would help the agency bring fixed-line broadband to CABSAT’s subscribers nationwide. Currently CAT has only 30,000 broadband users.

“After this MoU, CAT will approach these 300 CABSAT members one by one within two months to upgrade them to CAT’s fibre-optics network. This will proved a shortcut to connecting to potential users nationwide,” he said.

Manop Tokarnka, president of CABSAT, said the association’s members were required by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to upgrade their services so as to rearrange digital-TV channel numbers and comply with its “must carry” rule.

Under the NBTC’s channel-numbering rule, all cable and satellite TV providers must reserve channels 1 to 36 on their set-top boxes for digital terrestrial TV stations. Meanwhile, the must-carry rule mandates all cable and satellite TV operators to broadcast all 36 commercial and public digital TV channels.

Currently only a few cable-TV operators can afford to upgrade to digital technology to comply with the rules. According to the NBTC, there are 295 cable-TV operators, of which 193 are operating on analog.

“This MoU is a win-win solution for both sides, as CAT can gain more broadband users and cable-TV operators can upgrade to digital,” Manop said.

‘TV licensing regime change’ may spark exit

Published January 15, 2016 by SoClaimon

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A leading player in terrestrial-based digital television has expressed concerns over the possibility of an exit from the current licence-based system, which he fears could lead to more problems in the industry.

“A change in policy and regulations related to broadcasting could have either positive or negative impacts for all involved. So the policymakers or regulators should be cautious about making any changes in key regulations to make sure that law enforcement remains consistent,” RS chief executive officer Surachai Chetchotisak said yesterday.

Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommu-nications Commission, has called a meeting of all 24 holders of digital-TV licences next Tuesday to hear their complaints and ideas, including the desire of some operators to exit from the licence-based regime.

He said this meeting aimed to seek remedies for troubled broadcasters including Thai TV Co, which has said it wants to leave the digital-TV business.

Surachai said the NBTC should support the industry’s organic growth even though the TV-licence auction in late 2013 had liberalised the more-than-50-year-old industry, expanding it from only six players into a new market for 24 digital-TV broadcasters, including Channel 8 run by RS.

“In a free market, there must be both winners and losers. To win in this game, a good player must be well prepared with strong content strategy and understanding its audience’s needs well,” the CEO said.

Surapol Peeraopongpipat Pera-pongpipath, director for marketing and sales at GMM One Digital TV, operator of the One digital channel, said he wanted to wait and see how the NBTC handles this challenging matter. “I personally believe that the growth in channels from six incumbents to 24 players appears to have made it difficult for the new TV broadcasters to build their audience bases while the same audiences are still familiar with the incumbents. So we need more support from the broadcasting regulator,” he said.

The idea of modifying the current licence-based regime app-ears to differ from the views of Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC’s broadcasting committee. He believes that the birth of digital terrestrial TV opened more doors for both old and new players. In a free market, there might be gainers and losers.

“However, mergers and acquisitions might be an answer for those troubled broadcasters under the current licence-based regime,” he said.

After a merger or acquisition, the corporate entity must remain unchanged and in accordance with Thai business regulations. This means the company must be wholly owned by Thai shareholders.

Under this law, foreign investors are permitted to hold a maximum of 25 per cent of the company. A management reshuffle is allowed in accordance with the change of shareholders.

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