Sorayuth quits media group

Popular television host Sorayuth Suthassanachinda resigned on Friday from the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association amid continuing legal controversy over his business activities.

  • Published: 5/10/2012 at 06:31 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

The resignation came after an anti-graft agency found his TV production company guilty of breaching its contract with the broadcaster MCOT.

Mr Sorayuth's resignation is effective immediately. He had been a member of the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association since 1999.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission last month recommended embezzlement charges be laid against him. He claimed that he had already paid 138.79 million baht in damages inccurred in 2006 by MCOT, which is 51% owned by the government.

Some media figures have urged him to resign from his current position with Channel 3 until his case has run its course.

Sarinee Achavanuntakul, a member of a consumer protection subcommittee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, criticised Mr Sorayuth for using his Channel 3 news programme last month as a platform to present a "one-sided" defence of his position.

Somkiat Onwimol, a former senator and former anchorman, also said recently that as a media figure Mr Sorayuth should show accountability and leave the show until his case is decided in the justice system.

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