NBTC: Thaksin's Ch11 speech OK
The live broadcast on Channel 11 featuring former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra at a boxing event in Macau last month was not illegal, according to a formal ruling by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
- Published: 7/01/2013 at 09:38 PM
- Newspaper section: news
Col Natee Sukolrat, chairman of NBTC’s broadcasting committee, said the committee had examined the content of the programme and did not find it violate the Broadcasting Act 2008.
Thaksin gives a speech at a boxing event in Macau on Dec 9, 2012.
However, it asked state-owned Channel 11 to be more cautious in screening content and with its programming slots, making sure they do not adversely affect society and cause public conflict.
Thaksin’s speech during the controversial live broadcast was not taken into consideration by the committee, Col Natee said.
An NBTC subcommittee overseeing content and programme slots last month ruled the broadcast was not legally wrong and submitted its decision for consideration by the NBTC's Broadcasting Committee Monday.
In the subcommittee ruling, chairman Lt Gen Peerapong Manakit, a director of the NBTC, said: "The organisers bought the rights to the airtime from state-owned NBT television. The NBTC had no right to intervene."
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