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Art January 04, 2013 00:00

By The Nation
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The New Year brings a new start for newscaster and sports commentator Pitsanu Nilklad, best known for his light-hearted "Saked Kao" instalment on the Channel 7 news, where he'd been a mainstay for more than three decades.


He showed up without warning on the Channel 3 evening news on New Year’s Day, confusing the heck out of viewers. “I thought I was on the wrong channel,” the social media said. In place of “Saked Kao”, Pitsanu is presenting “Kao Nok Lu” on Channel 7, a reference to “non-mainstream” news. “It’s very similar,” the social media said. 
There’s been no indication of a rift causing his switch. However he’s known to be close to Surang Prempree, who ran Channel 7 before also moving to 3. And not only will Pitsanu’s Sport Tips Co also produce sports programmes for Channel 3 instead of 7, a TV source says he could well work with Channel 3 subsidiary BEC-Tero to create some shows. 
“You know what?” the social media said. “Pitsanu might not be the last person to jump ship. What if some of Channel 7’s most famous stars change their addresses too?”
Recession ends
Siam Piwat spent Bt1.8 billion renovating Siam Centre, so what difference does it make that it’s lavishing another Bt200 million on the mall’s grand reopening next week? 
Poor people might wish to register an opinion, but they can just calm down while we explain that this is not simply balloons-and-cake money. We’re talking about “the biggest opening party in Asia” here, with major stars in attendance. 
Well, okay, not major, major stars. They’re flying in “The Gossip Girl” actors Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick, South Korean heartthrob Kim Bum, American rapper Nicki Minaj and British pop idol Taio Cruz. 
The Thai line-up includes Thongchai “Bird” McIntyre, Nadech Kugimiya, Urassaya “Yaya” Sperbund, Araya A Hargate, Mario Maurer, Pupoom “Ken” Pongpanu, Davika “Mai” Hoorne, Morakot “Amy” Kittisara and Pimchanok “Baifern” Leuwisetpaiboon. 
Plus, uh, there’ll be pop pictures by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.