Plan to air World Cup now in doubt

By Hemaja Burud

The National Television and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) board members have expressed their objection 

to the government's plan to purchase the broadcast rights to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, citing financial constraints.

Thai football fans will be able to watch the World Cup matches live since the government will purchase the broadcasting rights to the event

 according to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on Wednesday.

From November 20 to December 18, 32 teams will compete in 64 matches for the most coveted athletic prize at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Fans were anxious that no Thai station has expressed interest in acquiring

the rights to broadcast the matches with less than three weeks till the competition.

According to General Prawit, the government would purchase broadcast rights for all games using money from the NBTC budget.

After the deal is finalised, he said, further information would be released.

NBTC chairman Sarana Bunbaihayapruk offered to raise 1.6 billion baht from the

NBTC research and development fund to purchase broadcasting rights, an NBTC source said the Isra news agency on October 28.

Some board members, according to the source, disagreed and requested that the NBTC office look into the proposal's potential cost-effectiveness.