PAD attempting to link ASTV signal to NBTAugust 26th, 2008 - 4:07 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
At 08.30 am today (August 26th), hundreds of protesters led by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) have broken through the police cordons to enter the compound of the National Broadcasting Television (NBT) station on Vipavadi Rangsit Road.
The protesters demanded that all programs on the NBT channel be suspended attempted to take over the media outlet by linking ASTV signal to NBT channel.
Scores of protesters flocked in front of the Public Relations Department of the Royal Thai Government since dawn today.
NBT’s morning news program was required to be suspended around 8.30 am while news hosts Mr. Jirayu Huangsap (จิรายุ ห่วงทรัพย์) and Miss Panatda Wongphudee (ปนัดดา วงศ์ผู้ดี) were running the program.
Following the PAD’s storming of the station, NBT crews rushed out of the building causing the suspension of the 09.00 am news hour program on FM 92.5 and 97 MHz. Some staff managed to escape to the National Defence College of Thailand, located close to the Government Public Relations Department.
Officials who worked in every floor this morning were asked to gather downstairs this morning while PAD leaders resumed their speech in front of NBT station.
NBT will be on air again from its temporary mobile broadcasting station located at the Traffic Police Headquarters. Its broadcast signal was reportedly connected to a receptor at the old PRD headquarters on New Phetchaburi road, resulting in continuous live airing of most NBT programs.
Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand