This year marks the 10th anniversary of Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS), the first public broadcaster in Thailand. In the disruptive world, it is an opportunity to ask critical questions about the role and value of the public media in the Thai society and beyond. What is the role of the public media in a digitally-driven 21st century? How might the system change to inform community today? How should we explore opportunities for the system to embrace shifts in technology to reach audiences and engage people in new ways? These are the principal questions public media must address as the transition to digital and mobile platforms is undermining the sustainable creation of quality contents, increasing distrust in media in general. At a time when trust in news is susceptible, it is more important than ever that public media commits to journalism excellence and the public interest and serves as powerful balance to propaganda, false news and misinformation.
We wish the Thai PBS Public Media Conference and mini INPUT will provide a forum for media worldwide to discuss and hopefully to find the right answers to those questions. We honestly believe that there would be plenty of room for quality journalism to flourish and for media organizations to use innovative tools to verify information, to be transparent about sourcing, and to build a greater commitment to impartiality.
It gives me a great pleasure to extend a very warm welcome to all of you to the Thai PBS Public Media Conference and hope that you all will have a great time ahead.
Assoc. Prof. Joompol Rodcumdee
Chairman of the Board of Governors