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Surayud told to check legitimacy of
- Subject: Surayud told to check legitimacy of
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- Date: Thu, 05 Nov 1998 00:03:00
Subject: Surayud told to check legitimacy of deal
November 4, 1998
BROADCASTING / CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE
answers on Channel
7 contract extension
Surayud told to check legitimacy of deal
The prime minister has affirmed his order for the army chief to look
into the extension of a firm's contract to run Channel 7 for more than
Chuan Leekpai said he had discussed the issue with Gen Surayud
Chulanont and had asked him examine the legitimacy of the deal.
Mr Chuan wanted to know why Bangkok Television and Radio Co
had been granted the 25-year extension when it had eight years of its
Furthermore, he asked Gen Surayud if the extension was
unconstitutional, if it damaged the army, which owns Channel 7, and
whether the extension could be reviewed.
The extension, made in May when Gen Chettha Thanajaro was army
chief, has been challenged on the grounds the constitution places
state-run media under an independent body yet to be established.
Mr Chuan said he had received a copy of extended contract and had
told the army chief to ensure the deal, and others involving
army-owned media, are above board.
The premier denied he had been aware of the extension in advance,
saying he had just learned of it from the press.
"So far, it has been reported informally that the contract was extended
to allow Bangkok Television and Radio Co to be listed," he said. The
stock exchange requires the company to have a state contract of at
least 20 years.
Under the extended contract, the company will pay the army 150
million baht annually in the first three years, with an annual increment of
10 million baht every three years thereafter, or a combined royalty of
4,670 million baht for the 25 years.
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