Digital channel for security agency
- Published: 18/04/2013 at 05:51 PM
- Online news:
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Wednesday decided that applicants for one of the public digital television channels reserved for national security purposes have to be state security agencies.
That would prevent state enterprises from taking part in the bid to operate the channel.
An NBC five-member panel voted 3-1 for the move, with one member abstaining.
National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) member Supinya Klangnarong, a member of this smaller commission, voted against the criteria.
She said the ruling would automatically give the channel to the Ministry of Defence.
There are to be two public-service channels operating under this category. Ms Supinya believed that the other channel would be for public safety and granted to the Royal Thai Police.
She said six out of the 12 free digital TV channels would be owned by the government as a result of this decision.
One channel each will be given to the army and the police, and the remining four channels were granted by the NBC on March 25 to Channel 5, Channel 11 and Thai PBS.
Ms Supinya proposed that the NBC issue new criteria on the competition for all digital TV channels at the same time instead of granting the licences based on each category.
However, Natee Sukhonrat, chairman of the NBTC's broadcasting committee, rejected the proposal saying that the criteria for other categories was suitable and the process for the licences was likely to start in June.
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