BBC’s Thai towers fall silent

- AFP, BANGKOK

Mar 9, 2017-

The BBC World Service has stopped broadcasting from one of its major global transmission stations situated in Thailand, AFP has learned, after talks broke down with a junta riled by its uncensored coverage. Sources with knowledge of the negotiations said the BBC’s Thai-language output was an obstacle in discussions about renewing the 20-year lease on the complex, one of the network’s main shortwave broadcast stations for Asia. The suspension comes as the World Service rolls out its largest foreign-language expansion for decades. The centre’s large red and white transmission towers in Nakhon Sawan 150 miles (240 kilometres) north of Bangkok beamed local language news into tightly-controlled countries such as China and North Korea, and into places where many still rely on radio like Pakistan and Afghanistan But it went off air on January 1 following the expiry of the lease.

Published: 09-03-2017 10:02

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