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Media

Newspapers

Two English-language newspapers are published daily in Thailand and distributed in most provincial capitals throughout the country: the Bangkok Post (morning) and the Nation (afternoon). The Post is the better of the two papers and is in fact regarded by many journalists as the best English daily in South-East Asia.

The Singapore edition of the International Herald Tribune is widely available in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and tourist areas like Pattaya and Phuket.

Radio

Bangkok's national public radio station (Sathani Withayu Haeng Prathet Thai) broadcasts English language programmes over the FM frequency 97 MHz from 6 am to 11 pm. Most of the programmes comprise of local, national and international news, sports, business and special news-related features. There is some music on the channel between 9 and 11.15 am, interspersed with hourly English-news broadcasts. For up-to-date news reports this is the station to listen to. An 'Official New Bulletin' (national news sponsored by the government) is broadcast at 7 am, 12.30 pm and 7 pm.

FM 107 is another public radio station and is affiliated with Radio Thailand and Channel 9 on Thai public television. They broadcast Radio Thailand news bulletins at the same hours as Radio Thailand (7 am, 12.30 pm and 7 pm). At 7.30 pm, FM 107 provides the English-language soundtrack for local and world satellite news on television Channel 9 while FM 104.5 does the same for Channels 3 and 7. Between 5 am to 2 am daily, FM 107 features some surprisingly good music programmes with British, Thai and American disc jockeys.

Chulalongkorn University broadcasts classical music at FM 101.5 MHz from 9.30 to 11.30 pm nightly. A schedule of the evening's programmes can be found in the Nation and Bangkok Post newspapers. The Voice of America, BBC World Service, Radio Canada and Radio Australia all have English and Thai-language broadcasts over short-wave radio. The radio frequencies and schedules, which change hourly, also appear in the Post and the Nation.

Television

There are five television networks in Bangkok. Channel 9 is the national public television station and broadcasts from 6 a.m. until midnight. Channel 3 is privately owned and is on the air from 4 pm until midnight. Channel 5 is a military network (the only one to operate during coups) and broadcasts from 4 pm to midnight. Channel 7 is military-owned but broadcast time is leased to private companies; hours of operation are from 4 pm to midnight. Channel 11 is run by the Ministry of Education and features educational programmes from 5.30 am until midnight, including TV correspondence classes from Ramkhamhaeng and Sukhothai Thammathirat Open Universities.

Upcountry cities will generally receive only two networks, Channel 9 and a local private network with restricted hours.


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