NBTC to penalize satellite TVs with false ads


BANGKOK, 5 February 2013  The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will summon satellite TV stations that disseminate misleading commercials of supplementary food and drugs. If proven guilty, the stations’ licenses will be revoked.

NBTC Commissioner Supinya Klangnarong said the NBTC had received information that a total of 301 satellite TV stations were airing false advertisements of health products, cosmetics, food supplements, weight loss coffee and medical equipment. Some of the products have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

According to Ms Supinya, only 8 of the alleged satellite TV operators have received broadcast licenses, whereas the other 293 have not.

All of them will be officially asked to appear before the NBTC to testify on their allegations. They are subject to three measures, including warning, fine and license revocation. If the court rules that the eight authorized stations have violated the Food and Drug Act, their licenses will be cancelled. As for the rest with no licenses, the NBTC will ask their network operator Thaicom to issue an official warning to them of broadcast termination.