Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha is considering cutting the length of his weekly national address by half and may move it out of the prime-time slot.
Prayut said yesterday he would try to keep his speech to about 30 minutes during the programme, “Returning Happiness to People in the Country,” which is broadcast every Friday night at 8.30pm.
“The production team is also seeing if the programme’s broadcast time slot can be deferred,” he said.
The programme normally runs longer than one hour.
When asked if he watched the pre-recorded programme, the prime minister said: “I do and I feel bored.”
He added that viewers preferred a popular TV soap opera to his programme.
“What I said [in the programme] is aimed at encouraging visions for development in the future,” he said.
The prime minister brought forward today’s programme a few hours to make way for a live broadcast of the Sea Games football match between Thailand and Laos, starting at 7.30pm.
Prayut’s programme will be broadcast at 5pm today instead of the normal time, deputy government spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.
“The prime minister wants the Thai people to focus on watching the match and cheering our footballers. The people all over the country, as well as the prime minister, will certainly be glued to the TV watching the match,” the spokesman said.