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MCOT stuck in the twilight zone

State-owned broadcaster needs a clear direction to face the digital era

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A twilight zone. That could be a perfect way to describe MCOT Plc, the 60-year-old state-owned broadcasting enterprise that is often fraught with uncertainties and the intervention of politicians wishing to reap benefits from a slow-moving and inert organisation that refuses to change the way it operates. 

MCOT's outgoing president Anek talks to Thailand Post Office chief Anusra Chittmittrapap (left) at the opening of MCOT’s HD set-top box for digital TV. Seksan Rojjanametakul

It is said the tail always follows the head. Unfortunately, MCOT’s head has often been changed following changes of government that have interrupted management policies and operations. That has strongly affected its business direction for decades.

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