Thailand lifts satellite TV ban
August 26, 2014
By Chris Forrester
Thailand’s military government has lifted the ban of the remaining 12 satellite TV channels that were forced off air during the period of unrest.
Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said on Sunday. The broadcasters have been off air since the coup on May 22nd. They will be allowed to resume transmissions providing they adhere to the new rules set down by the governmental body, the National Council for Peace & Order (NCPO).
The decision, announced on August 24th, has to be ratified by the NBTC which was expected on August 25th.
The stations shut down are Bluesky, DNN, UDD, Asia Update, P&P, MV 5, 4-Channel, FMTV, ASTV, Hot TV, One Rescue TV and Network for Students and People for Reform of Thailand. Several of these stations have had to change their names and output in order to comply with the new rules.