BANGKOK — Pressure mounted today on the management of Channel 3 after its most famous TV presenter returned to the airwaves one day after being convicted of embezzling millions of baht from a previous employer.
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission on Tuesday said they asked representatives of one of the kingdom’s most-watched broadcasters to appear March 7 after news host Sorayuth Suthassanachinda was sentenced to 13 years in prison for cheating a state-owned channel of more than 138 million baht in advertisement revenues.
Sorrayuth this morning appeared on his immensely popular Morning News and began the show to say he would appeal the verdict on behalf of his Rai Som media firm that was implicated in bilking MCOT for unreported advertising revenues.
“Rai Som company and myself, who are the defendants in this case that the Criminal Court has sentenced, respect the court verdict,” Sorayuth said after concluding a report on his own conviction. “The company and I will exercise our rights in accordance with the justice system to fight our case by appealing.”