Thai TV mergers face tighter scrutiny
Rebecca Hawkes
| 12 November 2014
Proposed mergers between broadcasters must now be approved by Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), the regulator has ruled.

NBTC member Supinya Klangnarong reportedly said the move which covers free-to-air and pay-TV operators, as well as radio networks was to protect consumers from unfair competition.

The ruling comes after the recent acquisition by Thailand's third largest pay-TV operator CTH of GMM B, a subsidiary of GMM Grammy. GMM B operates GMM Z, the country's second largest pay-TV service, in terms of its 180,000 subscribers. Both trail market leader Truevisions, which has a 500,000 strong subscriber base, according to The Nation.