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Digital TV licence giveaway 'unfair'

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  • Writer: Saengwit Kewaleewongsatorn
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The national broadcast regulator's decision to grant Channel 5 and Channel 11 free licences to operate digital television is unfair on other broadcasters, according to a dissenting NBTC commissioner. 

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) on Monday decided that existing operators - namely Channel 5, Channel 11 and Thai PBS - would automatically receive licences to operate digital TV as they are considered public service broadcasters.

The NBTC's five-person broadcasting committee voted 3-2.

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