Thailand

GMM One warned on soap

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) denies giving a break to the Bangrak Soi 9 drama, warning it will fine or change the rating if rude content is found on any TV programmes.

Peerapong Manakit, an NBTC commissioner, said the rude content on Bangrak Soi 9 soap opera was inappropriate and the regulator has already informed broadcaster GMM One TV Ltd to explain the content.

GMM One TV agreed to correct and censor the content even though, as the company described it, the dialogue was normal wording that teenagers use in their daily life.

An NBTC warning of this kind is not serious, but if the content is found to be inappropriate for the age rating, a penalty will be issued.

"The penalty starts with a 50,000 baht fine, up to 500,000 baht, and suspension of the licence," said Mr Peerapong.

The NBTC is following the law and not setting a new standard to encourage the use of rude or violent wording on broadcasts, he said.

In related news, from May 28 to June 1 marked the fourth week the NBTC worked with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to monitor the advertising content for dietary supplements and cosmetics on radio and TV to check if it is exaggerated. It found 11 such products on seven territorial TV channels and 35 satellite TV channels advertise.

Some 30 websites have been found to advertise illegal content for herbs, abortion pills, ferrous fumarate, and sexual performance drugs.

Somchai Preechataweekit, deputy secretary-general of the FDA, said the agency is also investigating consumer complaints about health products promoted on social media from Oct 1, 2017 to May 20, 2018.

There were 1,564 complaints including 783 for exaggerated ads, 44 for medical equipment, 149 for cosmetics, 178 drugs, 401 complaints about food, and nine others.

All cases have been processed by the police for investigation and the FDA has already requested the Digital Economy and Society Ministry close down the illegal websites as they violate the Computer Crime Act, Section 14 (1) and Section 20, said Mr Somchai.

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