Prime Minister's program on Thailand's state-owned NBT blocked by "an outside signal."

Posted: 27 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
Bangkok Post, 26 Apr 2010: "A virtual attack on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's weekly TV talk show - which abruptly went off air yesterday morning - has prompted the government to adopt better protection for Channel 11's programmes on political affairs. The programme Having Confidence in Thailand with Prime Minister Abhisit vanished yesterday after about five minutes of airtime. Viewers were suddenly cut off from the premier's communication focusing on the prolonged red shirt rally in Bangkok. ... The state-run NBT, which owns Channel 11, yesterday worked with Thaicom, a private company leasing satellite signals to Channel 11, to find out where the signal had come from."
   The Nation (Bangkok), 26 Apr 2010: "PM's Office Minister Satit Wongnongtaey, who oversees the state-run station, said the broadcast problem was not caused by the station. He said an outside signal was sent to disrupt the show. NBT techni-cal staff solved the problem by using the station's other channels to broadcast the programme. ... [NBT director Rattana Charoensak] said the station had been the target of similar problems several times but the outside source signal was not strong enough to collapse its signal for a long time. However this time the signal was so powerful it caused a technical snag. Programmes that were targeted previously were news reports relating to political developments and the red-shirt rallies."