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Prasar Bharati to allot DD Free Dish MPEG-2 slots through 44th e-auction - nairrk - 01-29-2020

MUMBAI: Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati will be tentatively holding 44th online e-auction process for allotment of DD Free Dish MPEG-2 slots from 24th February. The slots will be allotted for the period from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021.

According to the Prasar Bharati notice, only satellite channels licenced by the Ministry of I&B (MIB) would be allowed to participate in the allocation/44thonline e-auction process. Only companies holding valid permission from MIB or their authorised distributor partners can apply for the allocation of DD Free Dish slot.

If the bidder company is other than the channel licence holder, the letter/agreement signed between licence Holder Company and Distributor Company authorising the bidder for distribution of the channel and bidding on behalf of the channel must be submitted.

International Public Broadcasters licenced/registered/permitted by the MIB can also participate in the e-auction.

The notice also states that broadcasters desirous of placing their Channels on DD Free Dish shall be required to declare genre and language of their channel while applying for e-auction. Such declaration for genre classification should be in accordance to the “Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Eighth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order, 2017 dated and such genres shall be either ‘Devotional’, or ‘General entertainment’ or ‘Infotainment’ or ‘Kids’ or ‘Movies’ or ‘Music’ or ‘News and Current affairs’ or ‘Sports’ or ‘Miscellaneous’.

It added that the channel/company desirous of allotment of slots on DD Free Dish is required to provide clear and unambiguous proof in support of genre classification of their channel. In case of lack of clarity, ambiguity or conflicting information, applications will be deemed ineligible and may be summarily rejected. For details please refer checklist of documents provided with the application form.

The previous e-auction of MPEG-2 slots happened in November 2019. The Prasar Bharati had then allotted MPEG-2 slots to eight channels. The slots were provided on a pro-rata basis for the period from 1st December 2019 to 29th February 2020 through the 42nd online e-auction process.

The eight channels include Hindi movie channel Abzy Cool, Hindi music channel Showbox, Bhojpuri movie channel Ganga Biskope, Hindi music channel Wow Music, Hindi news channels TV9 Bharatvarsh and ABP Ganga, Punjabi entertainment channel Zee Punjabi and Marathi channel MR TV.