BEC profits off 15% amid feature plans

Rise in ad, program sales contribute to slide

BANGKOK, Thailand — BEC World, operator of Thai television Channel 3, reported a 15% decline in profit at its annual meeting March 2.

Revenue in 1999 was pegged at 3.9 billion baht ($101 million), while profit was announced as $29 million. Revenue increases were due to mounting advertising sales, program sales, and production of film and other entertainment.

BEC exec VP Pramote Chokesirkulchai said the company plans on releasing three feature films this year under the BEC World label.

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