The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) set a guideline for TV content classification and ratings for free-to-air channels.
The six-rating guideline is based on the regulation on TV programmes and programming criteria, approved in February.
The first rating criteria is for programmes (which uses Por in the Thai alphabet) for children aged three to five years. The second rating is Dor for programmes suitable for children aged six to 12. The third rating is Tor, which is for programmes suitable for all ages.
The Nor-13 rating is for programmes deemed appropriate for those 13 and older, or those under 13 watching with parents. Nor-13 programmes are only allowed to be aired from 8.30pm to 5am.
Nor-18 programmes may contain some content that parents would find unsuitable for teenagers under 18. They can only be aired from 10pm to 5am.
Lastly, the Chor rating is for adults only, as content may contain sexual harassment, pornography, and hate speech. These programmes are allowed to be broadcast from 12am to 5am.
The content classifications will take effect for both terrestrial and satellite TV, excluding pay-TV platforms, in the next few months. The guideline will be proposed for approval by the NBTC board later this month.
Col Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC's broadcasting committee, said related parties in the industry already agreed in principle with the rule.
The regulation should require both terrestrial and digital licensed broadcasters air at least 60 minutes a day of children's content during peak youth viewing periods, he said.
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