ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
January 18, 2008
The Thailand Public Broadcasting Service (TPBS), announced only days ago to be launched on February 1, abruptly kicked off a live talk show Thursday afternoon in an apparent move to clarify a torrent of questions regarding the birth of the new public station.
Entitled "Count One on TPBS," a panel moderated by former Channel 11 announcer Nattaya Waeowirakupt who was joined by TPBS interim committee Chairman Kwansuang Atibhoti, TPBS committee member Apichart Thongyoo, as well as Anusorn Srikaew, Dean of Rangsit University's Faculty of Mass Communications, and Chatchai Chuaraman, a representative from the Friends of Public Television, made a sudden appearence navigating the airwaves.
Admitting that the establishment of the five-member interim panel was rather sudden, Kwansuang said the committee members initially agreed to broadcast news from Feb 1.
Apichart however added, "On March 1, we should see other programmes apart from news on TPBS. By that time the programme schedule should be 60-70 per cent completed."
Mr. Kwansuang said about 2,000 hopeful TV personalities, programming and technical specialists, as well as prospective office workers, have applied for jobs at TPBS.
He said that acting director Thepchai Yong would be in charge of the recruitment.
Mr. Apichart promised to take good care of former employees of the shut-down TITV, but did not elaborate.
Mr. Kwansuang said a live talk show, similar to Thursdays surprise offering, would need to be organised again in the future to give further clarification to the public, but "I really don't know when we will have it again."
The show lasted nearly two hours and was broadcast from the Public Relations Department's studios on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.