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Media in monochrome as broadcasters switched to state feed

BANGKOK: All television channels nationwide – including international satellite networks – were replaced with black and white palace broadcasts late Thursday following the death of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej.


Bangkok Post

Friday 14 October 2016, 10:48AM


A person clutches a photo of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej after news of his death on Thursday. Photo: AFP
A person clutches a photo of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej after news of his death on Thursday. Photo: AFP

TV networks were ordered to replace their programmes with a prepared rolling state media programme for the next month, said national spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

All broadcasters must “link to a signal from the TV Pool for 30 days,” he said.

In accordance with the order, all radios stations must also switch their broadcasts to the state feed as provided by the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT, also called Radio Thailand - click here) for the same 30 days.

As soon as His Majesty’s passing was announced, domestic stations switched to monochrome pictures and video of HM The King throughout his 70-year reign.

Satellite channels – including international news networks such as the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera – were replaced later in the day with the same programming.

Thai news websites continue to publish their own material, but in monochrome.

Internet access is unaffected. Major Thai language websites including the Pantip.com chat forum, had gone entirely black and white, while major platforms beyond the local media’s format control, such as Facebook, featured some content in colour.

 

 

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