THAILAND: Military Puts TV Emphasis on ‘National Security’

In an interview, Lt.-General Chatchai Sarikulya, president of the military owned Royal Thai Army Radio and Television Channel 5, discusses changes facing the media network in the coming months.  These changes are part of a broader transformation of the Thai media mandated by the government’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.  Sarikulaya comments that this will “transform [his] stations into public broadcasting services for national security issues.”He highlights a new policy for his stations’ information and entertainment programs. While 70% of the programming will still focus on information programs such as “documentaries on economic, social, culture, tourism, and special issues in time of crises,” the stations also plan to increase news programming by 3% from the previous year. The remaining schedule will be left open for entertainment programs.

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