TV stations to resume normal programming Nov 19

TV stations to resume normal programming Nov 19

Mourners arrange candles to create a heart encasing the number nine, marking the reign of the late King, at Sanam Luang. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
Mourners arrange candles to create a heart encasing the number nine, marking the reign of the late King, at Sanam Luang. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

TV and radio stations are allowed to resume normal programming on Nov 19, but with restrictions on programmes with content that could cause division in society.

This was announced by Col Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission's   broadcasting committee, said on Friday morning after a meeting with operators of television channels.

He said the national telecoms regulator had agreed to allow operators of television and radio stations to resume their normal programming under two broadcasting guidelines.

Operators must take extra caution in broadcasting programmes and examine the content for criticism that may cause division in society. The stations should present information useful for the country's development and the people's quality of life, particularly programmes that instill a sense of discipline and responsibility in people. They must take appropriateness into consideration before broadcasting mourning news or activities and in selecting images for broadcast, Col Natee said.

The second guideline is that television and radio channels are allowed to mention sponsors of documentaries honouring the late King, but only at the end of the programme. They may use the sponsor's logo, with appropriate tones of colour, size and wording.

Broadcasts of logos of sponsors for other programmes were also allowed, but colours must be toned down and with appropriate wording.

The NBTC’s broadcasting committee chairman said operators would resume their normal programming after the 30-day mourning period ended. Initially, it was agreed that television channels would resume normal programming after midnight Nov 18, on the morning on Nov 19.



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