Five state agencies yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MCOT, the state-owned broadcaster, on digital TV cooperation as they want to have a platform for public information service.
Anek: We’re here to help newcomers
The five agencies are the Public Health Ministry, the Education Ministry, the Tourism and Sports Ministry, the National Assembly and the Royal Thai Police.
Anek Permvongseni, MCOT president, said the station will help all state agencies with content production, network rental and staff training.
MCOT has been in the broadcasting industry for 36 years. It has several units covering news and technical aspects as well as the MCOT Academy.
"We have positioned ourselves as a master content manager to assist newcomers in the TV industry such as state agencies which have a mission for public service," Mr Anek said.
The state-owned broadcaster expects to generate new revenue from this cooperation. However, it could not provide figures for its new undertaking.
MCOT is negotiating to be a digital TV consultant for two more ministries aiming to have public TV facilities.
Suwat Sidthilaw, permanent secretary at the Tourism and Sports Ministry, said tourism is a major part of the Thai economy that will create more jobs and earn revenue for related industries.
TV channels are very important tools to convey messages to Thai people about tourism development as well as communicate with tourists from abroad.
The spectrum allocation by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) for public digital TV will be a key opportunity for state agencies to directly communicate with local people.
Presently, the Education Ministry runs its ETV channel via satellite and the National Assembly has a satellite channel called PTV. The Royal Thai Police launched its satellite TV channel, Police TV, five months ago.
The NBTC expects to issue public digital TV licences around May or June.
Additionally, MCOT signed an MoU with the Public Relations Department (PRD), Channel 5 owned by the Royal Thai Army and public broadcaster Thai PBS, covering broadcast tower sharing.
Sharing facilities will reduce rental costs for the network. Previously, it signed an MoU with TOT Plc to share telecom towers during the establishment of the digital TV network.
Sura Gaintanasilp, MCOT vice-president, said the partnership with state agencies will boost the efficiency of the station's resources. They will choose the best broadcast tower for digital TV facilities to ensure the best digital signal for viewers and reduce network rental costs.
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