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2 channels face loss of licences

OHO, MIx 24 found in breach of food-drug law

Two satellite TV channels, OHO Channel and Mix 24 Variety, face not having their broadcasting licences renewed after being found in breach of the food and drug law, according to the subcommittee on consumer rights protection in broadcasting service at the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

Another 16 leading satellite TV channels have been put on a watch list.

NBTC commissioner Supinya Klangnarong, chairwoman of the subcommittee, said yesterday that her team agreed to propose these measures to the full broadcasting committee for approval on Monday.

After an investigation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Information and Communications Technology Ministry, Media Monitor and the Office of the Consumer Protection Board, it was found that Athena Media, the operator of OHO Channel, and Mixx Variety, the operator of Mix24 Variety, had not complied with advice from the subcommittee after it had received several complaints from consumers.

FDA deputy director-general Paisarn Dunkum added that though that administration had warned both satellite TV operators about exaggerated advertisements, the problem remained unsolved, according to an FDA inspection from February 1-7.

"The actions of both satellite TV stations considerably violate Article 22 of the Food Act BE 2522," he added.

Uajit Virojtrirat, vice chairman of the NBTC subcommittee, said the exaggerated adverts could cause serious problems for consumers, involving individual heathcare issues and personal finance.

Therefore, the subcommittee wanted to use this case as a lesson for other cable and satellite TV operators.

The satellite TV stations to be put on the watch list are Gift Channel, MDTV Thailand, Grand TV, TM TV, Home Channel, Doodee Channel, My TV, OK TV, Sawasdee TV, Hi TV, Bangkok Channel, P&P Channel, Nice Channel, Por Jai channel, Mongkol Channel and MV5 Channel.

Uajit acknowledged that to control local commercial radio stations and cable/satellite TV operators was a huge challenge at the present time because such stations had mushroomed before the broadcasting regulator was formed.


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