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    Countdown to World Cup – No countdown for Thailand

    Thailand’s national broadcasting commission, the NBTC, has skilfully passed the blame for the impending World Cup fiasco to the Sports Authority of Thailand(SAT). With only 15 days to go, if you don’t want to miss a second of the 2022 FIFA World Cup it’s probably best to leave the country or sign up for cable.

    Trairat Viriyasirikul, acting secretary-general of the NBTC, pleaded ignorance and innocence yesterday, putting the blame for the fiasco firmly at the feet of the SAT. He said if appropriate budget documents are not presented to the NBTC by Wednesday, the commission will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the broadcasting rights for the event that starts on November 20. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan promised football fans in Thailand that they could watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar for free.

    Last week, ever-reliable Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan wrongly confirmed that football fans in Thailand could watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar for free. Qatar was awarded the World Cup on December 2, 2010. According to google that was 622 weeks and two days ago. How did we arrive at this situation with only two weeks left? Football fans in Thailand are quite rightly angry that so-called governing bodies have run down the clock to this extent. They have had more than 10 years to sort this out. Presumably “financial conditions” did not meet the demands of those who expect to benefit from the screening of the event.

    Trairat said the NBTC is only the provider of the budget for the broadcasting rights and therefore not to blame for anything. Negotiations are up to the SAT. SAT governor Kongsak Yodmanee, however, has kicked the ball back into the NTCB half, and with it, the blame.

    At an NBTC board meeting on October 28, Sarana Boonbaichaiyapruck, chairman of the board, proposed drawing 1.6 billion baht (US$43 million) from the NBTC’s research and development fund to buy the broadcasting rights. Kongsak said that after budget approval, SAT and the NBTC would need to sign an MoU and arrangements would be settled before the tournament begins. Local fans are furious that no broadcasters in Thailand have sufficient interest in airing the matches, possibly a result of FIFA’s demand for a billion baht, a lot of money for a developing country which has never participated in a World Cup beyond the qualifying stages.

    Thailand is 1 Billion THB short for World Cup 2022 Broadcasting License

    Thailand’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBTC) today approved a 600 million baht budget to purchase broadcasting rights so that Thais can watch the Fifa World Cup 2022 on TV. The catch? Broadcasting rights cost 1.6 billion baht leaving Thailand one billion baht ($US27.2 million) short with just 11 days to go to kick-off! The NBTC committee sat down at 9.30am today and voted 4:2 to approve the budget to watch the tournament, which will kick off in Qatar on November 20.2022 Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) Kongsak Yodmanee said he had been in talks with the private sector about funding the rest of the money…

    “I admit that I’m quite worried about how much money is left to find [for the broadcasting rights] because I thought the budget would be bigger than this. However, I will try to the best of my ability to source the extra money to the full amount in the little time we have left so that Thai people can watch the World Cup.”

    The comment comes just one week after Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said no sponsorship from the private sector was needed for Thailand to make the budget. He also said Thai news had overstated the license fee and it was lower than one billion baht. Just days before, Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan “confirmed” that Thais would be able to watch the World Cup 2022 for free.

    Despite Thailand having over 10 years to prepare for the tournament, broadcasting rights are yet to be purchased with just 11 days to go. But being last-minute is nothing new in laidback Thailand, so pigs might fly. After all, Thais only got to watch the Euro 2020 because Thai business tycoon Komol Jungrungraengkit stepped in at the last minute and paid 300 million baht (around US$10 million at the time) for the media rights.

    Had Komol not bought the rights, it was highly unlikely that Euro 2020 would have broadcasted in Thailand. Komol owns Aerosoft shoe company, and with Komol paying the media rights, every single advert broadcast during the contest was about sandals.

    FIFA says no to Thailand’s TV World Cup discount request

    Thailand’s embarrassing Dickensian-like cap-in-hand approach to getting the FIFA World Cup 2022 television broadcasting license at a discounted price was met with a resounding no from FIFA. Three private companies stepped up to the plate to chip in another 400 million baht to add to the government’s 600 Million THB subsidy to round up the pot to make 1 billion baht but it is still 600 MillionTHB short of FIFA’s asking price. FIFA told Thailand there will be no discount or retail sales, adding that if they wanted a discount, they should have contacted FIFA two years ago.

    At the beginning of this month, Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin insisted that the Thai government would have the World Cup broadcasting license in time adding that by stalling the process the license would be cheaper. It appears the Justice Minister thinks he’s at a night market bartering for a set of towels. The 67 year old MP also insisted that the price would not be over one Billion THB and no support from the private sector would be needed.

    The budget required for the whole broadcasting license was later announced at 1.6 Billion THB (US$45 Million). The National Broadcasting Commission (NBTC) managed to find a 600 Million THB budget and over the weekend it was revealed True Corporation, Thai Beverage, and PTT chipped in 400 Million THB.

    Khaosod reported that on Friday the NBTC solicited help from two other private companies, Major Cineplex, and PTT Exploration and Production, but they have not replied yet.
    FIFA also told Thailand they can not pick and choose what games they want to watch. It is the whole package of 64 matches or nothing.

    The Tourism and Sports Minister, Piphat Ratchakitprakarn, revealed today that the government would seek more support from the private sector and hope to have a conclusion by November 15.2022 Khaosod revealed that the purchase agreement must be made by November 18, and the money must be transferred to FIFA with a 15% tax levy by November 19.

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    FIFA give begging Thailand 200 Million THB discount for World Cup TV Licence

    Three days before the first match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off and Thailand is out on the street with a begging bowl trying to collect money from both the government and private sectors to cover the broadcasting licence. Incredibly, FIFA gave in to Thailand’s embarrassing ancient bartering scheme and knocked 200 Million THB off the original asking price leaving only 1.4 BillionTHB to pay instead of 1.6 billion baht. But Thailand is not out of the woods just yet. There’s still some way to go before the nation’s footie fans can get to watch the World Cup for free. The kingdom still does not have the full amount to get the licence.
    The government raised about 1.1 Billion THB and the rest of the money will come from the National Sports Development Fund and the private sector if they’re feeling benevolent.

    The Minister of the Office of Prime Minister, Anucha Nakasai, reported today that Thailand wanted more discount, but the final price given by FIFA is US$39 Million or 1.4 Billion THB from the former asking price of US$45 million or 1.6 Billion THB The minister revealed that the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) managed to find 600 Million THB for the license. True Corporation, Thai Beverage, and PTT chipped in another 400 to 500 million baht, leaving about 400 MillionTHB still to pay.

    Anucha added that the government has gone cap in hand to several companies in the private sector to help share the expense. In the worst case scenario, if the government can’t raise the necessary funds they will take the money out of the National Sports Development Fund.

    Thairath reported that the Director of the Sports Authority of Thailand, Kongsak Yodmanee, is planning to meet television channel chief executives today to discuss the broadcasting plan. Khaosod reported last Monday that the deal should be finalised tomorrow, November 18, and the broadcasting cost plus 15% tax needs to be transferred to FIFA by Saturday, November 19 before the first match is due to be broadcasted.


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      Thailand’s World Cup fans won’t miss any matches after broadcast deal sorted

      Thailand’s World Cup fans won’t miss any matches after all as a broadcast deal has been sorted between Fifa and the Sports Authority of Thailand. The news comes with a collective sigh of relief after many fans in the Kingdom thought they might miss the first matches that are scheduled for this Sunday. As the SAT came up short with the required monies to pay for the broadcasting subscription, the issue has finally been settled.

      According to Thai PBS World, the agreed price was settled at US $33 Million, but SAT President Kongsak Yodmanee noted that the price does not include the 15% tax that the SAT will have to pay to Fifa. With the tax included, the new cost comes at 1.4 Billion THB.

      Kongsak thanked Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, the International Olympic Committee, an advisor to the Olympic Council of Asia, and the private sector for their help in funding the broadcast rights cost.

      Khunying Patama, a member of the IOC was specifically thanked after Kongsak says she personally called the Fifa president to help settle the negotiations. Previously the SAT sought 1.6 billion baht from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission for the broadcasting rights of the 2022 World Cup, but the regulator pledged 600 million baht, leaving a gap in the amount needed to secure the broadcasting rights.

      The SAT then sought help from the private sector with Thai Beverage, PTT, and True Corporation agreeing to contribute 400 million baht to the funds. But, even with the private sector’s help, the total was still not enough.

      After a deal was still not reached, fans in Thailand prepared to possibly miss the first few of the 64 matches in total as no news had come of an agreement. But, as of yesterday night, Sunday night’s games are now officially to be broadcast over Thai TV, despite Kongsak not revealing where the rest of the money will come from. Regardless, an agreement has been reportedly reached, with fans set to enjoy the largest sports competition in the world from the comfort of their own homes.


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        FIFA warns Thailand World Cup broadcast will be cut off after illegal access spotted

        The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) urged Thailand to tighten its security system on its FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 broadcast after the kingdom’s transmission access was spotted being used in other countries. FIFA warned Thailand that its broadcast will be cut off if the country cannot follow its rules and tighten its security problems. The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) announced that access to the broadcasting signal of Thailand was leaked. The signal was spotted in other countries which violated FIFA’s conditions.

        FIFA urged broadcasting operators in Thailand to tighten its security system according to their suggestions as soon as possible. If not, access to the broadcasting signal will be cut off and they will be left with a black screen. Daily News reported that SAT invited the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) and related departments to the meeting today at 4pm. The conclusion and details about the issue will be updated later by the SAT. The news will hardly come as a surprise to anyone who has followed the will Thailand’s footie fans or won’t footie fans get to see the World Cup for free? The broadcasting rights fiasco has raged on for what seems like months.

        FIFA asked Thailand for 1.6 billion baht for the rights. Thailand went cap in hand asking for a reduction. FIFA obliged by knocking off 200 million baht but the Thai government was still scrambling to get enough money to secure the rights. Thailand only managed to seal the deal two days before the tournament kicked off by asking the private sector to have a whip round. Thai Beverage, PTT, and True Corporation all stepped up to the plate and agreed to bail out Thailand. It wouldn’t be a surprise if FIFA pulled the plug on Thailand’s broadcasting of the world’s premier tournament. Only in Thailand, eh?