MCOT wins NBTC’s digital TV bid

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BANGKOK, Dec 26 – MCOT Plc, Thailand’s leading media organisation, ranked fifth at the digital auction of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) this morning at Bt3.34 billion.

The NBTC announced on the first day of the TV digital auction in the capital where nine companies bid for seven high-definition (HD) variety channels.

Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the broadcasting committee, said BEC World (Channel 3) won with the highest bid at Bt3.53 billion, higher than the starting price by Bt2.02 billion.

Bangkok Media and Broadcasting ranked second at Bt3.46 billion, followed by BBTV (Channel 7) at Bt3.37 billion.

Triple V Broadcast (Thai Rath) won the fourth bid at Bt3.36 billion, while Amarin Television came at the sixth place with the bid of Bt3.32 billion. The last bid went to GMM also at Bt3.32 billion.

Bid winners will be announced within 15 days counting from the end of the auction. After being informed by official documents of their bid winning, bidders will have to follow processes required within 45 days so that their licences could be issued.

The bidding for standard-definition (SD) channels has begun on Thursday afternoon.