Bangkok Post

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Bangkok Post
Bangkok Post paper.jpg
The front page of the Bangkok Post 14 May 2015
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Post Publishing PCL (SETPOST)
Publisher Kowit Sanandang
Editor Umesh Pandey, Editor
Founded August 1, 1946
Language English
Headquarters Khlong Toei, Bangkok
Circulation 110,000

The Bangkok Post is a broadsheet English-language daily newspaper published in Bangkok, Thailand. The first issue was sold on 1 August 1946, it had four pages and cost 1 baht, a considerable amount at the time when a baht was a paper note. It is Thailand's second oldest newspaper. (The first newspaper published in Thailand was The Bangkok Recorder which began publishing in 1844, both in Thai and English.[1])

Bangkok Post's daily circulation is 110,000, 80 percent distributed in Bangkok and the remainder nationwide.[2] As of January 2017 the editor of the Post is Umesh Pandey.[3]


The Bangkok Post was founded by Alexander MacDonald, a former OSS officer, and his Thai associate, Prasit Lulitanond. Thailand at the time was the only Southeast Asian country to have a Soviet Embassy, the U.S. embassy felt it needed an independent, but generally pro-American newspaper to counter Soviet views. Some claim[who?] the financing came directly from the US State Department or possibly even the OSS itself, although there is no proof of this.

Nevertheless, under MacDonald's stewardship, the Bangkok Post was reasonably independent and employed many young newsmen, including Peter Arnett and T. D. Allman, who later became known internationally. Alex MacDonald left Thailand after a military coup in the early 1950s, and the newspaper was later led by Roy, Lord Thomson, the paper has since changed hands. Major shareholders in Post Publishing include the Chirathivat family (owners of Central Group), the South China Morning Post of Hong Kong and GMM Grammy Pcl, Thailand's biggest media and entertainment company.

Post Publishing PLC, publisher of the Bangkok Post, Post Today (daily Thai language business), and M2F (free Thai language daily) newspapers, returned a modest profit of 450,000 baht in 2016 compared to a 42.1 million baht loss in 2015.[4]


The Bangkok Post employs (April 2015) 179 journalists, including reporters, rewriters, editors, copyeditors, photographers, and designers. Twenty-nine foreign nationals work as copyeditors and print and digital news editors. Sunday editor Paul Ruffini is an Australian national. All Post staff reporters are Thai nationals, as fluency in Thai required. Foreign staff write for the newspaper's news, op-ed, sports, business, and features sections.[5]

Editorial stance[edit]

In a country where media censorship is common, the Bangkok Post portrays itself as being comparatively free. There are instances where the newspaper has been accused of self-censorship to avoid controversy or conflict with powerful individuals, including adherence to the country's strict lèse-majesté law, which prohibits open criticism of members of the Thai Royal Family. Yet another example was the newspaper's failure during the Vietnam War to report on bombing forays made from US Air Force bases in Thailand over military targets in North Vietnam and Cambodia, none of which received coverage in the local press. It seems that news article comments that criticise America don't always emerge editing unscathed, the newspaper also is known for covering controversial topics, such as the impact of dam construction on farmers[6] corruption in the international rice trade,[7] extrajudicial killings as part of the "war on drugs"[8] and political controversies surrounding the Thaksin family.[9]

Throughout the early 2000s, the Bangkok Post took positions that were, at times, generally favorable to the government,[10] since the Thai election of 2011, however, the paper has taken a largely anti-Thaksin position aligned with the Yellow Shirts and the Democrat Party.[11]

The Bangkok Post was at one time well known among expatriates for Bernard Trink's weekly Nite Owl column, which covered the nightlife of Bangkok. Trink’s column was published from 1966 (originally in the Bangkok World) until 2004, when it was discontinued, the newspaper has a letters page where expatriate and Thai regulars exchange opinions on local and international concerns. According to the Post, more than half of its total readership are Thai nationals.[5]

During the tenure of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the Post largely toed the government line—at one point bowing to government pressure by firing a reporter who had exposed cracks in the runway of the prestige project Suvarnabhumi Airport along with the news editor while the Nation actively campaigned for Thaksin to resign.[12]


  • Main body: Local, regional and world news, opinion and analysis pages, and sports news.
  • Business: Local, regional and world business and financial news and stock-market tables.
  • Life: A features section including human-interest stories, travel, motoring, technology, entertainment news, a society page, advice columns, comics, puzzles, local television listings and film advertisements.
  • Sunday Spectrum: A weekly news analysis and investigative journalism section.
  • Learning: An online English-language education section.
  • Guru: An entertainment magazine, inserted on Fridays and aimed at young adult readers.
  • Classified: A classified advertisement section.
  • Brunch: A Sunday supplement.
  • Muse: A women oriented supplement on Saturdays which contains fashion news, make-up tips, stories of successful women, family and travel tips.
  • MyLife: A supplement which gives advice on how to improve your life in every aspect along with comic strips, every Thursday.

English language education site[edit]

A special Learning[13] section of the Bangkok Post website helps Thais learn to read English by using the daily newspaper. Vocabulary, reading questions, and web resources are provided for a selection of articles every day. Articles are taken from the general news, tourism, entertainment, and business sections of the newspaper, the targeted audience includes individuals studying English and teachers using articles in the classroom.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Bangkok Recorder". Wikipedia. 2017-11-02. 
  2. ^ "Bangkok Post". Multimedia, Inc. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Bangkok Post Newspaper Editorial Contact". The Post Publishing PCL. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Rojanaphruk, Pravit (8 January 2017). "Thailand's Devastating Year For Print Was a Wake-Up Call. Adapt or Die". Khaosod English. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Chuensuksawadi, Pichai (2015-04-17). "Bangkok Post rebuts CJR falsehoods". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 18 Apr 2015. 
  6. ^ Piyaporn Wongruang (17 November 2013). "Voices of the dammed". Bangkok Post. 
  7. ^ King-oua Laohong (4 December 2013). "More suspects named in rice scandal". Bangkok Post. 
  8. ^ Kraisak Choonhavan (13 December 2013). "Thaksin's 'war on drugs' a crime against humanity". Bangkok Post. 
  9. ^ Veera Prateepchaikul (9 December 2013). "Thaksin moans, but it is he who must change". Bangkok Post. 
  10. ^ "Thai journalists protest ouster of editors". USA Today. Associated Press. 2005-08-29. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "The weakness of the Thai royalists - New Mandala". New Mandala. 2014-02-07. Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  12. ^ "Thai journalists protest ouster of editors". USA Today. Associated Press. 2005-08-29. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Learning". Bangkok Post. 

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