Prayuth's TV show moved out of prime time

Prayuth's TV show moved out of prime time

Coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha is giving up his prime-time television slot, moving his “Returning Happiness to the People” show three hours earlier in a move that allows for the return of sports and soap operas.

The Returning Happiness to the People show will be moved out of prime time at 8:20pm to 5pmstarting this Friday.

The weekly programme will air at 5pm, instead of the 8:20pm slot it has occupied since the May 22 takeover, deputy National Council for Peace and Order spokeswoman Col Sirichan Ngathong said Monday.

Hours between the evening news and 10pm are prime times for television stations to offer soap operas and live sports, as well as sell commercials.

Thai sport fans will watch their volleyball team taking on China in Hong Kong on Friday after Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha decided to reschedule his weekly programme. (FIVB photo)

Gen Prayuth hasn't missed an address since taking over. He uses the programme to tell the public what the military regime has done and will do. The Aug 1 show lasted 90 minutes, one of the longest to date.

Col Sirichan said the time change was not made to please soap opera viewers. It was done so people don't have to wait into the night-time hours to get NCPO information, she said.

The change came about Monday after army-owned Channel 7 asked the general to give up the time slot Aug 8 for the live broadcast of a volleyball match between Thailand and China. The NCPO said Gen Prayuth agreed and then decided to change it permanently.

The Thai women's volleyball team, ranked 12th in the world, will take on world No. 5 China at the World Grand Prix in Hong Kong on Friday. The match will begin at 7.30pm.

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