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Channel 9 MCOT HD
Logo used since late 2016
HeadquartersHuai Khwang, Bangkok
Language(s)Thai and English
Picture format1080i HDTV
Launched24 June 1955; 68 years ago (1955-06-24)
Former namesThai Television Channel 4
Thai Color Television Channel 9
Thai Color Television Channel 9 M.C.O.T.
Modernine TV
DigitalChannel 30 (HD) (MCOT MUX3)
Streaming media
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
4 (1955-1975)
TV4-TV (1955-1975) TV9-TV (1975-2018)

Channel 9 MCOT HD (Thai: ช่อง 9 เอ็มคอตเอชดี) is a Thai state-owned free-to-air television network launched on 24 June 1955. It is owned by MCOT.


In 1949, Sanpasiri Wirayasiri, a foreign correspondent for the Publicity Department (present-day Public Relations Department), wrote an article to introduce readers to "Visual Radio", a new type of communication technology in the world. Later, the Department of Publicity (Current Public Relations Office) sends a group of servants to study in the United Kingdom around the year 1950, seeing the enormous benefits for the nation The Department then presented "Project to establish a radiotelephony" to the Field Marshal P. Pibulsongkram, then Prime Minister, but in the House of Representatives most MPs vehemently disagreed. because he saw that it was a waste of the national budget, therefore, temporarily interrupting the said project.[2]

The British Pye company signed a contract to build a television station in Bangkok that would later be used as the backbone of what would be Channel 4. The station was set up by T. V. Mitchell, a Singaporean businessman.[3] Then Prasit Thavisin, Chairman of the Board of Directors Wichian Wireless and Telephony Co., Ltd. brought a radio transmitter and 4 receivers with a total weight of over 2,000 kilos to try to transmit the Marching Band musical performances from the Department of Public Relations for Government House and public relations department for cabinet see for the first time in Thailand and also open for general public to experience in Sala Chalermkrung on 19 July 1952. The broadcast was seen by 20,000 people.[4]

The channel was originally launched as Channel 4 Bang Khun Phrom (ช่อง 4 บางขุนพรหม) with test transmissions beginning on 6 September 1954 and beginning formal broadcasts on 24 June 1955. The then new channel operated under the management of the Thai Television Company (founded 1952). The channel began to broadcast daily in 1957.

Regional television stations started outside of Bangkok beginning in 1962, in February of that year it opened a station in Khonkaen (HSKK-TV, channel 5), followed by Chiang Mai (HSKL-TV, channel 8), Hat Yai (HSBK-TV, channel 9, later channel 10 in the 625-line service) in May 1962, Surathani (HSS-TV, channel 7) in January 1968 and Muang (channel 9) in March 1972.[1]

In 1974, the channel migrated from broadcasting in black-and-white at 525-lines on VHF channel 4 to a colour using a 625-line system on VHF channel 9 (the second in Southeast Asia). On 3 February 1977, the Thai Television Company was dissolved and channel 9 was put under direct State administration.

On 28 June 1981, Princess Sirindhorn and King Bhumibol Adulyadej officially inaugurated the new MCOT buildings on a 57-meters-square terrain with a television transmission, the largest in the country at the time, at 9:25 am. On 16 July 1987, Channels 3 and 9 signed a broadcasting expansion agreement. In 1992, Sangchai Sunthornwat became the director of MCOT.

On 6 November 2002, the channel was rebranded as Modernine TV. During the 2006 Thai coup d'état, the network was forced to stop broadcasting.


  • Suwit Suthiprapha
  • Neeracha Limsomboon
  • Kamphu Phuriphuwadon
  • Ratchanee Sutthitham
  • Kamonnet Nuanchan
  • Vanessa Samucsaruth
  • Danai Ekmahasawat
  • Amornrat Mahittirukh
  • Suthiwat Hongpoonphiphat
  • Suta Suteephichetphan
  • Chalermporn Tantikanchanakul
  • Nathiprada Euapiboonwatana
  • Teerawat Puengthong
  • Kulthida Siriissaranan
  • Napat Theeraditthakul
  • Chutima Puengkwamsook
  • Masiri Klomkaew
  • Thaninwat Patweerakhun
  • Wirinthira Nathongbocharat
  • Boromwut Hiranyathiti
  • Annop Thongbosut
  • Nattawat Plengsiriwat
  • Patcharinphon Nathongborcharat
  • Khamron Wangwangsri
  • Piya Sawetpikul
  • Phot Arnon
  • Benjaphon Cheai-arun
  • Thansita Suwatcharathanakit
  • Wansiri Siriwan
  • Khanittha Amornmetwarin
  • Suthida Plongputsa
  • Peeraphon Anutarasoth
  • Darakan Thonglim
  • Weera Thiraphat
  • Jamon Kitsaowapak
  • Penphan Laemluang
  • Rattiya Ruangkajorn
  • Phattradanai Thessuwan
  • Jirayu Japbang
  • Ratchanipong Worasarin
  • Somyot Daengyuan
  • Nantaka Worawanitchanan
  • Pataravee Bunprasert
  • Thames Sappakit
  • Ratthanan Chanyachirawong
  • Pimlada Chaiprechawit
  • Pattheera Srutipongphosin
  • Ronnachai Sirikhan
  • Wasin Bunyakhom
  • Thanatphan Buranachiwawilai
  • Chalathit Tantiwut
  • Rasameekhae Fahkuelon
  • Panadda Wongphudee
  • Pantila Fuklin


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  1. ^ a b "Television Factbook" (PDF). 1984. p. 1389. Retrieved 25 February 2024.
  2. ^ ขุดกรุ : จากสถานี HS 1 PJ ถึงโทรทัศน์สีสเตอริโอ, retrieved 18 August 2023
  3. ^ "Pye Ltd. May Get Thai TV Contract". Singapore Standard (retrieved from NLB). 30 April 1952. Retrieved 10 August 2023.
  4. ^ "20,000 SAW THE FIRST TELEVISION IN BANGKOK". Singapore Standard (retrieved from NLB). 30 April 1952. Retrieved 31 July 2023.

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