NBTC to name qualified digital television license bidders

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BANGKOK, 9 Dec 2013, The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is ready to announce the names of qualified bidders for digital television licenses today.

According to Miss Supinya Klangnarong, Vice Chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), the NBTC board would today go over the qualification reports of companies competing for the national commercial digital terrestrial television licenses.

She said 29 companies had submitted 41 applications to bid for the licenses, ranging from youth programs to news, to variety and general programs in both standard definition and high definition channels.

Early in October, the NBTC announced the plan to hold the digital TV license auction, after which it assigned Chulalongkorn University and the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) to jointly conduct a qualification probe on the companies applying for licenses.

According to the NBTC’s rules, 15 days after announcing the names of companies passing basic qualification screening, the NBTC will call in those companies to supply further details. Miss Supinya said that the NBTC would call for the bid no later than the end of January 2114.