The governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand insisted that the SAT did not violate the “Must Carry” and “Must Have” rules concerning the live broadcasting of World Cup 2022 matches in Qatar, so it would not return a 600-million-baht grant to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.
SAT governor Kongsak Yodmanee defended his organization after the NBTC resolved to demand the return of the 600-million-baht sum it had earlier allocated for the SAT to buy the right to live World Cup broadcasts from the world’s football governing body FIFA. The NBTC demanded the SAT return the money in 15 days.
Mr Kongsak said the SAT did not violate any condition for the grant and complied with the Must Carry rule by having the broadcasts transmitted to terrestrial and satellite-based digital TV stations.
The Must Carry rule said that the broadcasts must be subject to copyrights and a court already confirmed that the SAT and the NBTC already arranged for the broadcasting through IPTV and other channels in line with the Must Carry rule, Mr Kongsak said. (TNA)