ABP News Friday won the sixth DD Freedish slot of round one for Bucket C for Rs 17.1 crore.
On Thursday, five news channels – Republic Bharat (Rs 16.55), TV9 Bharatvarsh (Rs 14.55 crore), Zee News (Rs 15.5 crore), NDTV India (Rs 16.55 crore) and News18 India (Rs 19.85 crore) – were the successful winners.
With this, all other news channels will bid in the next rounds of e-auctions which will begin after the completion of the first round of auctions for Bucket D and Bucket R1.
The news broadcasters participated in the e-auction on Thursday despite boycott calls made by industry bodies NBDA led by ABP Network CEO Avinash Pandey and NBF led by Republic Media Network owner Arnab Goswami.
It is learnt from reliable sources that Goswami, who was one of the signatories of the joint letter sent to I&B minister Anurag Thakur stating news channels will not participate in the auction, broke ranks and started bidding along with a few other NBF members.