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28 July 2009

Ex Thai premier promises satellite TV stations for Thailand

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Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who celebrated his 60th birthday on Sunday with what he earlier branded “a big surprise," planned to set up a satellite television business with at least three channels dedicated to the Thai people, state news agency TNA reported.

The announcement, via video link Sunday evening, was aired at a birthday dinner party at a restaurant in Bangkok and two other sites in the provinces holding parties to celebrate his birthday.

Thaksin said he planned to establish satellite television networks with 100 channels, with at least three channels to serve the Thai people.

One channel was expected to be used to promote Thailand’s ‘One Tambom One Product’ (OTOP) output, another to broadcast ‘reality shows’ about Thai poverty and how the wealthy will help them, and the third channel will concentrate on providing education programmes for Thai students.

Thaksin was ousted in a 2006 coup after being accused of corruption and abuse of power. He remains popular, especially among people in the rural areas. It is believed that the self-exiled former premier is now staying in Dubai.



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