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Prasar Bharati invites applications for vacant MPEG-2 slots of DD Freedish

The e-auction process will be tentatively held from February 19, 2024

Prasar Bharati has invited applications for the allotment of vacant MPEG-2 slots of the DD Freedish platform for the period from April 1, 2024, to March 31, 2025, through the 6th Annual (75th) online e-auction process that will be tentatively held from February 19, 2024.

The e-auction will be conducted according to the e-auction methodology for the allotment of DD Freedish slots to the private TV channels notified by Prasar Bharati on January 27, 2023, and subsequent amendment dated December 13, 2023.

Only satellite channels licensed by the I&B Ministry would be allowed to participate in the e-auction. Only companies holding valid permission from the Ministry can apply for participation in the e-auction for the allocation of the DD Freedish slot.

International Public Broadcasters licensed by the I&B Ministry can also participate in e-auction.

The reserve price for General Entertainment Channels (GEC) in Hindi/ Urdu language in Bucket A+ is Rs 15 crore.

The reserve price for Bucket A which consists of movie channels in Hindi/Urdu language is Rs 12 crore.

Bucket B which comprises music, sports, all channels of the Bhojpuri language and all other remaining genres of Hindi/Urdu priced at Rs 10 crore.

Bucket C and D which consist of News and current affairs (Hindi/Urdu) and devotional/spiritual/Ayush, all genres of Marathi and Punjabi channels and news and current affairs (English) channels priced at Rs 7 crore and Rs 6 crore respectively.

Bucket R1 which is for all channels in languages not covered above is priced at Rs 3 crore.

The reserve price for the remaining rounds for Bucket A+ priced at Rs 16 crore, Bucket A (Rs 13 crore), Bucket B priced at Rs 11 crore, Bucket C priced at Rs 8 crore, bucket D priced at Rs 7 crore and Bucket R1 priced at Rs 4 crore. 

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