The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) yesterday approved a draft of licence fee incentives for new digital television content.
The draft is intended to offer incentives to operators who provide knowledge-based programmes exceeding the regulator's requirements.
The first public hearing on the draft will be held soon, said Natee Sukonrat, the chairman of the NBTC's broadcasting committee.
Col Natee said the draft would offer a 15% discount on the licence fee for broadcasters who air knowledge-based content for more than half their broadcasting time.
A 50% discount would apply to broadcasters airing knowledge content for more than 70% of the time.
The licence fee for digital broadcasting services will charge 2% of total revenue, plus another 2% for universal service obligations.
The NBTC has designated 24 TV channels for commercial broadcasting in four groups: five standard-definition channels providing programmes for children and families; five standard-definition channels of news and information; and 10 standard-definition and four high-definition channels for general programmes.
Col Natee said the broadcasting committee plans to submit a draft of must-have rules to the NBTC's board tomorrow. If the board endorses the draft, it will be published in the Royal Gazette.
The must-have rules are intended to ensure that free-TV broadcasters transmit seven international sporting events through all broadcast platforms without any conditions.
The events are the Southeast Asian Games, Asean Para Games, Asian Games, Asian Para Games, Olympic Games, Paralympics and the Fifa World Cup Final.
The must-have rules also apply to the World Cup in 2014, for which RS Plc holds the broadcasting rights through free-TV operators.
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