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News anchor Sorayuth scandal raises question of ethics

Media pioneer Somkiat Onvimon shows little sympathy for peer caught in advertising row and suggests he should step aside

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It was quite a shock when the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) unanimously voted 7:0 to indict a media company, the country's most famous TV news presenter Sorayuth Suthasanachinda and other executives for allegedly accepting advertising money greater than the amount the company signed in its contract with the Mcot Plc, causing damage worth 138.79 million baht, noted Thai Rath. Some mass media reported the news, while others chose to keep silent, including the media regulator and the most popular TV station. 

News anchorman Sorayuth Suthasanachinda, one of the most high-profile television figures in Thailand, has come under pressure to resign from his programmes on ethical grounds.

Thai Rath posed the question of whether it was appropriate for media professionals who are supposed to monitor and investigate corruption to commit fraud themselves? To shed light on the issue, Thai Rath interviewed Dr Somkiat Onvimon, the pioneer of modern TV news presentation in Thailand.

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