Thailand needs public media

Thailand needs public media - translated and summarized from Krungtep Turakit, January 16, 2008
The Information Technology (IT) Revolution - over the past twenty years - has not only greatly changed the general public’s access to information, but has also significantly changed this country’s economy and society.
In this complex, fiercely-competitive and rapidly-changing world, most citizens are interested in public media that provide advantageous data to abet their daily struggle for survival.
The Thai government has made a good beginning with its decision to convert the TiTV television station into the country’s first public TV channel. The resulting organization will be renamed as the Thai Public Broadcasting Service (TPBS-TV). It will be necessary for the government to quickly explain to the general public the necessity of such a station, as most Thais are currently rather parochial - and rather prone to only look for the short-term advantage in any new situation.
The new public station will present a significant challenge to both the Thai government and its citizens.
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