Thai TV mergers face tighter scrutiny
| 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.