Mr Sorayuth argued all along, in the face of strong media criticism, that his dispute with Mcot Plc was over advertising revenue, not ethics, and now the Administrative Court says he is right. (File photo by Apichit Jinakul)
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Mr Sorayuth argued all along in the face of strong media criticism that his dispute with Mcot Plc was over advertising revenue not ethics and now the Administrative Court says he is right. (File photo by Apichit Jinakul)
Mcot ordered to pay 55.7 million baht to Sorayuth
A court fight between Mcot Plc and Sorayuth Suthassanachinda, which began six years ago, ended on Wednesday with the publicly listed firm on the losing side.
The Administrative Court ruled in favour of his Rai Som Co by ordering Mcot to pay him 55.7 million baht plus 7.5% interest within 90 days after the verdict was handed down.
The compensation was for advertising revenues from his news programmes, then on Mcot's Modernnine, which runs Channel 9. The programmes were hosted by Mr Sorayuth before he departed for Channel 3.
Rai Som filed charges against Mcot in the Administrative Court in 2006, accusing the public broadcaster of selling more advertising time than had been agreed under their revenue sharing deal, and of not paying it at the agreed rate
The court said Mcot did not comply with the agreement signed with Rai Som in 2004, saying that the advertising time had been oversold and Rai Som must receive a refund of the 30% marketing margin that Mcot had collected.
The Mcot payments were for the news programmes aired on the channels from 2005 to 2006.
The court's order was more than an earlier estimation Judge Anucha Hoonsawasdikul, in a statement in November last year said the damages due to Rai Som to be paid by Mcot would be around 49 million baht.
Mr Sorayuth was not at the court and sent a lawyer to represent him.
He is fighting another battle on an embezzlement charge.
Mr Sorayuth is accused of embezzling 138 million baht in shared advertising revenue from Mcot and paid Mcot staff to conceal the record of actual income
The case is in the hands of a joint panel of the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Office of the Attorney-General to decide whether he will be indicted The anti-graft agency found grounds of wrongdoing in September last year.
It is unknown whether the broadcaster will take the case to the Supreme Administrative Court
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Administrative Court: the court which deals with disputes between the private sector and government agencies - ศาลปกครอง
air: to broadcast; to send out a programme on television or radio - ออกอากาศ, กระจายเสียง,กระจายข่าว
all along: from the beginning until now - ตั้งแต่แรก
argue: to give reasons why you think that something is right/wrong, true/not true, etc, especially to persuade people that you are right - ห้เหตุผล, อ้างเหตุผล
Attorney-General: the top legal officer in some countries, who advises the leader of the government - อัยการสูงสุด
broadcaster: a person, company or organisation whose job is presenting or talking on television or radio programmes - ผู้กระจายเสียงทางวิทยุหรือโทรทัศน์
compensation: money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them - เงินชดเชย
comply: to obey a rule, law, agreement, etc. or do what someone asks you to do - ปฏิบัติตาม (กฎหมาย, ข้อเสนอ, ข้อตกลง etc.)
conceal: to hide something - ซุก ซ่อน
criticism: comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad - การวิจารณ์
depart: to leave - ออกจาก
dispute: a serious disagreement - ข้อโต้แย้ง
due: (of money) must be paid; owed to somebody as a debt, because it is their right or because they have done something to deserve it - เงินที่ต้องชำระ
embezzlement: the crime of secretly taking money that is in your care or that belongs to an organisation or business you work for - การยักยอกเงิน, การฉ้อโกงเงิน
estimation: an amount that you guess or calculate using the information available - ประมาณการ
ethics: a set of principles people use to decide what is right and what is wrong - จริยธรรม
file charges: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา, ฟ้อง
graft: corruption - การฉ้อโกง
grounds: reasons for saying or doing something - เหตุผล
hand down: to say officially (what a court decision is); to say officially that someone should receive a particular punishment - ประกาศเป็นทางการ
host: to introduce a television or radio programme, a show, etc. - ทำหน้าที่เป็นพิธีกร
in favour of: giving an advantage to someone - มีประโยชน์ต่อ
income: money that someone gets from working or from investing money - รายได้
indict: to officially accuse someone of a serious crime - ฟ้องร้อง
interest: the money that a bank or other financial company charges you when you borrow money, or the money it pays you when you keep money in an account - ดอกเบี้ย
joint: done together; belonging to or shared between two or more people - ที่ร่วมกัน, ความร่วมมือกัน
lawyer: an attorney - ทนาย
listed firm: a public company, i.e., a company that offers its shares to the public on a stock exchange - บริษัทมหาชน
margin: the difference between how much money you get when you and how much it costs you -
media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC): An independent government organisation to investigate corruption carried out by government officials - ปปช. (สำนักคณะกรรมการป้องกันและปราบปรามการทุจริตแห่งชาติ)
panel: a group of people who make decisions or judgments - คณะกรรมการ
rate: an amount of money that is paid or charged - ราคา, อัตรา
refund: a reimbursement; an amount of money that is given back to you - เงินที่คืนให้
represent: to act, speak or be present officially for another person or people - เป็นตัวแทน
revenue: income from taxes or business activities - รายได้
rule: (of a court or other group with similar authority) to make and announce a decision - ตัดสิน, พิพากษา, ชี้ขาด
verdict: a decision by a court of law - คำพิพากษา
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