By WATCHIRANONT THONGTEP
THE BROADCASTING regulator yesterday dropped from its agenda yesterday a decision on the punishment for Thai Public Broadcasting Service over a news report about a recent demonstration by anti-coup activists, saying it has found new evidence.
Major Komate Prateepthong, director of the broadcasting regulation department at the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, said that the NBTC’s Broadcasting Committee did not consider this issue as the watchdog’s administration – which acted as the committee’s secretary – decided to drop it from the agenda for the weekly meeting.
Komate explained that the NBTC’s office had found an additional piece of key evidence but he declined to disclose further details.
Last week the subcommittee overseeing broadcasting content, led by NBTC commissioner Lt-General Peerapong Manakit, submitted the results of the investigation and additional details of discussions held with Thai PBS.
In response to the latest development, Peerapong said that he wanted to reconsider the matter. His team has also invited Thai PBS representatives to meet on July 15.
Thai PBS last week made headlines after Peerapong said his team had received a complaint from the National Council for Peace and Order’s media monitoring team asking it to investigate a news report by Thai PBS related to an anti-coup demonstration.
The news report was aired on June 25 in a prime-time news programme “This is Thai PBS” (Tee Nee Thai PBS) hosted by veteran TV presenter Nattha Komolvadhin.
Peerapong said the junta had argued that Thai PBS’ report could create confusion and misunderstanding among the public in an incident where police had to deal with a group of anti-coup students.