Embattled news host Sorayuth Suthassanachinda got some welcome support from an Administrative Court judge yesterday who said MCOT Plc should pay him a lot of money.
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Popular news host Sorayuth Suthassanachinda at his court hearing yesterday. Photos by Apichit Jinakul.
Admin court judge sides with Sorayuth
Mcot Plc should pay more than 49 million baht to Rai Som, the company owned by popular news host Sorayuth Suthassanachinda, an Administrative Court judge said yesterday.
Sorayuth has done nothing wrong in connection with advertising revenues from his programmes on Mcot's Modernine TV channel, judge Anucha Hoonsawasdikul said in an opinion statement.
The statement, which is not binding, will be submitted to the panel of judges handling the case who will then consider it before handing down a verdict.
Rai Som filed charges against Mcot in the Administrative Court in 2006, accusing the public broadcaster of selling more advertising time than had been agreed under their revenue sharing deal, and of not paying it at the agreed rate.
Sorayuth faces charges of embezzlement and bribery after the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) concluded that he embezzled 138 million baht in revenue sharing from Mcot and paid Mcot staff to help conceal the records of the actual income.
Sorayuth claimed to have honoured all the contracts and to have paid back the 138 million baht that Mcot said he owed it. He filed the Administrative Court case to get his share of the excess revenue, he said.
Judge Anucha said the court found that the advertising time had been oversold. He said Rai Som had adhered to its contract with Mcot regarding advertisement revenues. Rai Som therefore deserves its contracted right to a refund of the 30% marketing margin that Mcot collected, he said.
The judge estimated the sum owed to Rai Som, including value-added tax and interest, to be 49.35 million baht.
The judge cited findings from an investigative committee led by Pol Gen Pratin Santiprabhob and set up by former Mcot president Mingkwan Sangsuwan to back his claim.
The probe committee blamed Mcot staff and its internal auditors for making mistakes that led Mcot management to believe Sorayuth had embezzled money from them.
Judge Anucha also said Mcot did not demand any extra advertisement revenue share from Rai Som for over a year, and that a neutral company assigned to monitor broadcast advertisements reported commercial records that were consistent with records from Rai Som.
The judge also said he had found no evidence to prove that an Mcot employee was hired to conceal advertisements, and said that since so many people were involved, this would have "difficult, or almost impossible".
embattled – experiencing a lot of problems ที่ถูกโจมตี
popular – a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
host – a person who introduces guests and performers, especially on television or radio พิธีกร, ผู้จัดรายการ
Administrative Court – the court which deals with disputes between the private sector and government agencies ศาลปกครอง
side with – to support one side in a disagreement เข้าข้าง, สนับสนุน
advertising – telling the public about a product or a service, political candidate, etc. in order to encourage people to buy, use or support it การโฆษณา
revenue – income from taxes or business activities รายได้
opinion – your feelings or thoughts about somebody/something, rather than a fact ความเห็น, ความคิดเห็น, ทัศนคติ
binding – that must be obeyed because it is accepted in law ที่ผูกมัด
submit – to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
panel – a group of people who make decisions or judgments คณะกรรมการ
consider – to give careful thought to something before making a decision พิจารณา
verdict – a decision by a court of law คำพิพากษา
file charges – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา, ฟ้อง
public – provided, especially by the government, for the use of people in general ของสาธารณะ
broadcaster – a person, company or organisation whose job is presenting or talking on television or radio programmes ผู้กระจายเสียงทางวิทยุหรือโทรทัศน์
deal – a formal agreement, especially in business or politics การตกลงซื้อขาย, ข้อตกลง, การซื้อขาย
rate – an amount of money that is paid or charged ราคา, อัตรา
embezzlement – the crime of secretly taking money that is in your care or that belongs to an organisation or business you work for การยักยอกเงิน, การฉ้อโกงเงิน
bribery – the crime of giving money or presents to someone so that they will help you by doing something dishonest or illegal การให้สินบน
National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC)– An independent government organisation to investigate corruption carried out by government officials ปปช. (สำนักคณะกรรมการป้องกันและปราบปรามการทุจริตแห่งชาติ)
conclude – to decide that something is true after looking at all the evidence you have สรุป
conceal – to hide something ซุก ซ่อน
actual – real; existing in fact จริง
income – money that someone gets from working or from investing money รายได้
claim – to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it อ้าง
honour – to do what you promised to do ทำตามสัญญา
owe – to be required to give someone money for something you have bought or money that you have borrowed from them เป็นหนี้
excess – an amount by which something is larger than something else ส่วนเกิน
adhere to – to obey a rule, law, agreement, etc. ทำตาม
deserve – of something that you earn or are given because of your behavior or qualities สมควรได้รับ
right – a moral or legal claim to have or get something or to behave in a particular สิทธิ
refund – a reimbursement; an amount of money that is given back to you เงินที่คืนให้
margin – the difference between how much money you get when you and how much it costs you
estimate – to say what you think an amount or value is or will be, either by using available information or by guessing คาดคะเน
sum – an amount of something, especially money จำนวนเงิน
interest – the money that a bank or other financial company charges you when you borrow money, or the money it pays you when you keep money in an account ดอกเบี้ย
cited – mentioned as an example, explanation or proof of something else อ้าง, กล่าวอ้าง
investigative – involving the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened เกี่ยวกับการสืบสวน, เกี่ยวกับการตรวจสอบหาความจริง
committee – a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject คณะกรรมการ
back – to support สนับสนุน
probe – an attempt to find out the truth about an issue, problem or accident, made by an official group (or by the media); an investigation การตรวจสอบ การสอบสวน
internal – existing or happening inside a person, object, organisation, place or country ภายใน
auditor – someone whose job is to officially examine the financial records of a company, organisation, or person to see that they are accurate ผู้สอบบัญชี
neutral – not supporting either side in a disagreement, competition or war เป็นกลาง, ไม่ฝักใฝ่ฝ่ายใดฝ่ายหนึ่ง
assign – to give someone a job to do มอบหมาย, สั่งงาน
monitor – to regularly check something or watch someone in order to find out what is happening ตรวจสอบ ตรวจตรา
commercial – for business purposes เกี่ยวกับการค้า
consistent with – containing statements that are similar or have the same aim or idea สอดคล้องกับ
evidence – facts, signs or objects that make you believe that something is true หลักฐาน,ข้อแสดง
prove – to use facts, evidence, etc. to show that something is true พิสูจน์
hire – to pay someone to work for you, especially for a short time จ้าง
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง