|THAILAND: Thais read less, watch more TV|
|AuthorDefaultA… 文章CopyFromasiamedia|http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article-southeastasia.asp?parentid=106371 Hits1065 UpdateTime2009-4-2  |
National Statistical Office secretary-general urges public and private sectors to sell books at cheaper prices and renovate libraries to advocate reading
Thais are spending less time reading and more time watching television, according to the National Statistical Office.
In its latest report, the office said 66.3% of people over six years old spent time reading last year, down from 69.1% in 2005, drop of almost 2%.
It said 33.7% of people decided not to read, and 54.3% of those chose to watch television instead.
The top four reasons for not reading were: they did not have the time, lacked interest, hated reading, or were illiterate.
This sort of behaviour could lead to Thai people being less imaginative, National Statistical Office secretary-general Thananuch Threethipy said.
As for the readers, they spent about 51 minutes reading per day in 2005 but only 39 minutes on average last year.
71 per cent of them read newspapers, and the percentage was close to the figure of Australia at 77.3 per cent. Other popular publications included novels, comic books, and fictions.
Youths spent most time reading at about 46 minutes a day.
Mrs Thananuch exhorted the public and private sectors to promote reading through the sale of books at cheaper prices and renovating libraries to attract more people.
The Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies's ICT Centre can help with the improvement of libraries in the country, she said.
Date Posted: 3/31/2009
SINGAPORE: Retired broadcaster dies
Distinguished Chinese media personality and former Mandarin tutor to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew dies at age 80
SINGAPORE: SPH equipped to succeed
Singapore Press Holdings President unveils new company logo at company's 25th anniversary celebration
THAILAND: Reporter honours sacrifice
'Bangkok Post' reporter presents monetary awards to troops injured in action and the families of killed soldiers
THAILAND: Cybercrime law 'a threat to freedom'
Activists at Thailand Journalist Association seminar say police wield too much censorship power under the Computer Crime Act
INDONESIA: Deutsche Welle launches two dedicated channels in Indonesia
Channels to provide Indonesian viewers up to 18 hours of English language programs on European lifestyle, culture, and business
SINGAPORE: Be objective
'Financial Times' bureau chief cites media's lack of knowledge in financial history for failing to anticipate current economic crisis
INDONESIA: 1st iPhone 3G sale on March 20
PT Telkomsel to invest $1.5 billion this year to expand its 3G network
THAILAND: Telecom commission selection hits snag
National Telecommunications Commission candidates fail to win senate's endorsement
SINGAPORE: SPH cuts wages
Faced with weak advertising revenues, management justifies wage cuts for high-earning staffers
SINGAPORE: WSJ editor faces contempt
Attorney-general holds 'Wall Street Journal' editor ultimately responsible for published articles that "contained passages that scandalize the Singapore judiciary"
SINGAPORE: Media gets $250m boost
Media Development Authority aims to use boost money to create over 200 new projects and 2,000 new media jobs
INDONESIA: 'Berani' pioneers newspaper for children
Jakarta-based daily aims to ameliorate literacy rate and encourage children to express ideas
SINGAPORE: Web radio services go offline
Recording industry group wants a five-figure fee from radio stations in exchange for streaming services online
THAILAND: Editor faces computer crimes charges
Editor for online news website charged for lese majeste comments posted by users on discussion board
SINGAPORE: MediCorp, Astro battle in court
MediaCorp files appeal after court rules that similarities between MediaCorp and Astro company logos unlikely to cause confusion
THAILAND: Journalist charged over 2002 report
Swiss reporter arrested on defamation charges brought against him by local AIDS charity over a documentary aired only in Switzerland
THAILAND: PM to clarify lese majeste
Authorities acknowledge recent rise in lese majeste cases with 17 active cases
SINGAPORE: Soldiers' 'Facebook warning'
Ministry of defense says it considers details about operations, equipment and certain types of training as sensitive or classified information
SINGAPORE: Media job opportunities
In addition to jobs, apprenticeships and training offered by private sector, the Interactive Digital Media Research and Development Program Office will create 450 new jobs in next two years
We have three years of archived stories available on our advanced search page »
Southeast Asia Features
Radio is a sound salvation
Little interest in reporting about the poor
Media battle for hearts, minds
Southeast Asia Commentaries
Blaming the media doesn't always work
How can the media and diplomats promote RI?
A failure to communicate
Southeast Asia Reviews
The irrepressible and intimate Mochtar Lubis
|| Homepage | Favorite | E-mail | Friendsite| Anounce | AdminLogin|