Prasar Bharati, India’s public broadcaster on Tuesday invited applications for the allotment of vacant MPEG-2 slots of DD Free Dish on a pro-rata basis for the period between April 1st 2022 and March 31st 2023.
Only satellite channels licensed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) would be allowed to participate in the e-auction. Companies holding valid permission from the MIB or their authorised distributor partners can apply for participation in e-auction for allocation of DD Free Dish slot.
The notice also adds, in case the applicant company is other than licencee, the document/agreement signed between licence Holder Company and applicant company authorising the applicant/bidder for distribution of the channel and bidding on behalf of the licencee must be submitted. International Public Broadcasters licenced by the MIB can also participate in the e-auction.
The categorization of channels in different buckets will be as :-