Popular psychiatrist quits channel 3, citing disgust over end of 'nua mek 2'

national January 07, 2013 00:00

By The Nation

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Showing his disgust at TV Channel 3's decision to cut short its "Nua Mek 2" drama series, which allegedly parodied "people in power", popular psychiatrist Kampanart Tansithabudhkun has given up his long-running late-night sex counselling show on the

“To neither be a hypocrite, hosting the show while criticising the channel, nor be false and shameless like someone in that society and in that television station, I have decided to quit the show, despite hosting it for 10 years,” he said on his Facebook page, which attracted many likes and has been shared widely.

The sex guru of “Choo Rak Choo Ros” (Spicing Up Love, Spicing Up Gratification) said he found the management’s decision to pull “Nua Mek 2” unacceptable, saying they were a “disgrace” as members of the media, following several issues with this station.

“They also have excuses for all the bad things just to maintain the station’s profits,” he said.

Kampanart also vowed to delete his programmes or episodes uploaded on YouTube associated with Channel 3, and asked viewers to watch videos broadcast on other television channels.

Suriyasai Katasila, coordinator of the Green Politics group, issued an open letter condemning a statement by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission that “Nua Mek” 2’s content violated regulations regarding morality, saying the script had shown the bad side of corrupt politicians while encouraging the public to do good.

A villain in “Nua Mek 2”, a senior investigator running an agency called TSI, may have irritated the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), which now sides with the Yingluck Shinawatra government and is looking into an allegation that extension of Channel 3’s concession might be illegal.

The regulator should give a clear answer on this and treat it as a case study to prevent a recurrence, he said.

The Democrat Party has called on the NBTC to publicly verify Channel 3’s statement, given verbally to the NBTC at a hearing last Saturday, saying it dropped the final three episodes of “Nua Mek 2” because its content incite public disorder, which may lead to a revolt or violate moral standards, as stipulated in Article 37 of the Broadcasting Act.

Democrat MP Ong-art Klampaiboon dismissed a statement by government spokesman Thossaphorn Serirak that Channel 3 and the producers had plotted to stir up things to pump up the audience ratings of “Nua Mek 2”.

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