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Prasar Bharati invites applications for vacant MPEG-4 slots of DD Freedish

The allotment will be done on pro-rata basis for the period from July 18, 2023 to March 31, 2024

Prasar Bharati has invited the applications for allotment of vacant MPEG-4 slots of DD Freedish platform on a pro-rata basis for the period from July 18, 2023 to March 31, 2024 through 71st e-auction process.

The e-auction process is going to be tentatively held on July 11, 2023. 

The e-auction will be conducted in accordance with e-auction methodology for allotment of DD Freedish slots to private TV channels, Prasar Bharati said in a notification. 

Only satellite channels licensed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) would be allowed to participate in the e-auction. Only companies holding valid permission from the Ministry of I&B can apply for participation in e-auction for allocation of DD Freedish slots. International public broadcasters licensed by the Ministry of I&B can also participate in the e-auction.

The applicant company desirous of participating in the e-auction will be required to submit a duly filled and signed Integrity Pact, Prasar Bharati stated.

Bidding in the e-auction of MPEG-4 slots will be open to all genre (language) channels at starting reserve price of Rs 1,24,24,000, exclusive of GST. 

Change of name and or logo of a channel placed on DD Freedish may be allowed subject to necessary permissions from the Ministry of I&B. 

Interested broadcasters may apply online at https://fdslots.prasarbharati.org and upload all requisite documents as prescribed in the application. 

Online training will be provided to all eligible participants before the commencement of actual e-auction. If required Prasar Bharati can extend e-auction to the next day or as the case may be. For details like e-auction process, terms and conditions and payment schedule etc readers can refer to e-auction methodology available on the website http://prasarbharati.gov.in

Successful channels will be placed on vacant Logical Channel Numbers (LCNs) of DD Freedish. The last date for submission of applications and original demand draft is July 10, 2023 by 3 pm. 

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