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NBTC expects five licences to be returned

May 10. 2019
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By The Nation

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Five digital TV broadcasting licences are expected to be returned to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Communications (NBTC), the regulator’s secretary-general said on Friday morning.

Takorn Tantasith added that some broadcasters had already informed the NBTC they would return their combined three licences.

Friday is the last day the NBTC allows the broadcasters to declare their intention to return their licences.

In a related matter, the board of directors meeting of News Network Corporation Public Company Limited on May 9 resolved to ask shareholder to approve rectification for the return of the digital TV licence in the category of news programming held by its subsidiary, Spring News Television Co Ltd.

Shareholders will consider the matter at an extraordinary general meeting on July 5.

Spring News currently operates Spring News Channel 19.

The return of the licences is in line with relief measure offered by the National Council for Peace and Order last month to ease the financial burdens of the telecom and digital TV broadcast sectors.

The measures offer digital TV broadcasters the option of returning their licences to the broadcast watchdog. Those that do will be compensated by the NBTC.

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