Thai broadcasting to be liberalized

Independent body to oversee frequencies

BANGKOK — Thailand’s broadcast media are to be liberalized over the next three years, allowing private companies to take part.

At present, all of Thailand’s radio and television stations are controlled either by the so-called Public Relations Department (PRD), the Army or the Mass Communications Authority of Thailand (Mcot), with control over 130, 128 and 62 radio stations, respectively.

Of the country’s six TV stations, two are controlled by the Army, another two by Mcot, one by PRD and the other one by the prime minister’s office.

Under new regs, an independent body will oversee and supervise the allocation and use of all television and radio frequencies.