July 9, 2014 - BBC World Service will run a ‘pop up'' news operation in Thailand from Thursday 10 July. It will launch at 18:30 Thai Time (GMT +7).
The operation will be digital-only and ‘social first'', that is, a news stream on social media, with both Thai and English content, and it will run for an initial period of three months. The move follows the military coup in May after which international channels, including BBC World News TV, were taken off air temporarily.
The World Service''s Thai Service closed in 2006 after more than 60 years on air. The BBC has sought and received approval from the Foreign Secretary for this move, as set out in the Operating Licence governing the relationship between the World Service and the Government.
The news stream will launch tomorrow on Facebook, with Thai, regional and international news in Thai and English.