The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will announce the information memorandum (IM) or details of digital TV licensing in June and use the existing regulation framework for new channels.
Col Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC's broadcasting committee, said the regulator will go ahead with its plan to allow existing broadcasters to get licences for public digital channels despite opposition by civil groups which wanted the NBTC to delay public TV licensing.
"It's not necessary to issue any regulation for public digital TV as the NBTC already has some rules for this digital TV category," Col Natee said.
He was referring to the criteria and channel licensing methods issued in October 2012 and February this year.
The rules define six criteria for eligible applicants: the objectives of the channels, capabilities of the operators (including the financing ability, the investment size and operation plans), customer requirements, fair competition and quality of programmes.
In Annex 1 of the rules, the regulator requires that at least 70% of the broadcasting programmes must be informative content.
Col Natee said after issuing the IM, a public hearing would be held to discuss it and changes are possible.
Under the IM, each category of public digital TV will be divided into three types.
Channels 5 to 7 will be reserved for Type 1, dedicated to content involving education, religions, arts and culture, science, technology, health, sports and quality of life.
Channels 8 to 9 will be assigned as Type 2 _ content for national security and disaster warning and prevention.
Type 3 will be broadcast on Channels 10 to 12 for content related to government, parliament and democracy, said Col Natee.
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