Senate picks board to keep eye on NBTC

The Senate yesterday picked a five-member board to monitor and evaluate the performance of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

Ten candidates, two each from five fields, had earlier been shortlisted for the five available seats on the so-called "superboard".

The five fields are broadcasting, television, telecommunications, civil rights and liberties promotion, and consumer protection.

A ballot was held to select one candidate from each field after a panel vetting the qualifications and ethical behaviour of the 10 candidates reported its findings to the meeting.

In the broadcasting field, Gen Thawatchai Samutsakhon, an army specialist, received 74 votes, defeating Laksami Srisompet, of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce, who received 70 votes.

In the television arena, Pichai Uttamapinant, an adviser to the legal advisory board of the Federation of Thai Industries, received 90 votes, beating Gen Jiradet Kotcharat, former deputy army chief adviser, who bagged 48.

In the telecommunications field, Amornthep Jiratticharoen, a lecturer at Mahanakhon Technology University, defeated former senator Anan Worathitipong by 81 votes to 63.

In the field of civil rights and liberties promotion, Gen Boonyawat Kruahong, director of the Defence Ministry's Budget Bureau, received 82 votes against Jadet Insawang, former permanent secretary for sports and tourism, who won 63.

In the consumer protection field, Prasert Aphiphunya, deputy secretary-general of the NBTC, received 75 votes against Pansak Chanpanya who received 69 votes.

The superboard, which has a three-year term, will assess the NBTC's performance and report its findings to parliament.

Members are not allowed to serve two consecutive terms.

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