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Colour returns to Thai TV screens

Tim Newton

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On October 1 all TV stations ‘toned down’ their programming under orders from the National Broadcasting Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). Programming was toned down both in content and the actual colours. The same was applied to most websites as the colour and saturation were ’toned down’ out of respect for the anniversary of the passing of King Bhumibol and the Royal Funeral and Cremation at the end of this month.

Now, just a week before the cremation of the Late King, the national broadcasting regulator has told television stations to return to normal colour on their programs.

An urgent instruction to restore full colour was passed on to all channels last night with immediate effect following the nightly royal news program.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission say the change of the official position about desaturation comes because the colour tones were inconsistent across the nation’s channels.

Stations will continue to air programs about King Bhumibol Adulyadej, cancel regular soap operas and entertaining programs and continue to display channel watermarks in the corner of the screen in black and white.

PHOTO: The Broadcast Bridge

 

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    Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand. As founder of The Thaiger in 2016, Tim is the current English Content Manager for the company, based in their Bangkok HQ.

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