THAILAND: UBC to resume televising Channel 11/1

The deputy prime minister supervising the Public Relations Department has authorised the resumption of Channel 11/1 on the United Broadcasting Television (UBC) cable service

Bangkok Post
Thursday, July 8, 2004

The deputy prime minister supervising the Public Relations Department has authorised the resumption of Channel 11/1 on the United Broadcasting Television (UBC) cable service.

Visanu Krue-ngarm said the service was cut after a misunderstanding between UBC and the Mass Communications Organisation of Thailand (MCOT).

The suspension came after UBC failed to inform the MCOT regarding the introduction of Channel 11/1 programming, an omission that the MCOT board thought put the cable service in violation of its contract.

MCOT issued two warning letters asking UBC to officially seek permission, but the cable TV firm had misunderstood, assuming that its reply to MCOT was sufficient. MCOT ordered UBC to cease televising 11/1.

Mr Visanu said that Channel 11/1, spun off from Channel 11, was state owned and since UBC had a contractual obligation to air state-owned channels this had probably led to some confusion.