Cable & satellite TVs told to stop broadcasting Channel 3’analog programmes

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The broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission decided today to ban all operators of satellite and cable TVs from broadcasting Channel 3’s analog programmes as of 15 days from September 8.

Violation of the broadcasting committee’s order will risk fines and having their licences revoked, said Major Komate Pratheepthong, director of the Office of the Broadcasting Committee.

He said that Channel 3’s right to provide analog broadcasts ended on September 1 and if the station wanted to broadcast on satellite and cable platform it had to seek permit with the broadcasting committee and to comply with the set rules one of which is that the commercial airtime will be limited to six minutes per hour.

It was reported that the broadcasting committee’s meeting today did not go on smoothly and the committee itself was divided on the measure in response to Channel 3’s defiance to carry on with the analog broadcasts instead of digital broadcasts as required.

But instead of imposing its decision directly on Channel 3, the committee by a vote of 3:2 decided to hit at the cable and satellite TV operators which broadcast Channel 3’s analog programmes.

All the three committee members who voted for the tough action to deal with Channel 3 were earlier sued by Channel 3 for alleged malfeasance with the exception of Ms Supinya Klangnarong who faces two more charges of defamation and violation of the Computer Act.

Meanwhile, the broadcasting committee has summoned True Vision, Channel 3 and 24 digital TVs for a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the broadcast of the Asian Games in South Korea.