The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has agreed to add more qualifications for public digital TV type 2.
Type 2 is reserved for two channels _ Channels 8 and 9, which have their objectives as national and public security.
The regulator will draft one more rule for type 2, said Col Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC's broadcasting committee.
Only government agencies can currently apply for licences for both Channels 8 and 9. The new rule will allow non-profit organisations, charities and foundations that have been in operation for at least five years to obtain licences for Channel 9.
Public security covers crime prevention, traffic-related information, career development, health, food safety, drug and sanitation information and disaster warning and prevention.
The broadcaster of Channel 9 must air at least 70% of such content and generate income from commercial advertising or other ads at a maximum of 10 minutes per hour.
Pay TV stations can air a maximum of six minutes of commercials every hour, while free TV stations are allowed 12 minutes per hour.
The broadcaster must report its financial budget to the regulator each year.
The NBTC will use the information to reconsider advertising content after the channel has operated for three years.
The licence for 12 public digital TV channels will last only four years.
Col Natee said allowing more players to seek licences for Channel 9 is to provide more broadcasters working for public security.
Non-profit organisations could join hands to apply for a licence. These could include the Poh Teck Tung charitable foundation, Bangkok's biggest provider of emergency medical services, and the Foundation for Consumers in Thailand.
The draft regulation will be subject to a public hearing next month, and the regulator will consider a licence for Channel 9 around the second quarter of next year.
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- Writer: Saengwit Kewaleewongsatorn
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