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NBTC names 14 winners for HD and SD licenses

Natee Sukonrat shows a bid.

Natee Sukonrat shows a bid.

Thai Broadcasting is the top bidder for the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's auction of the standard definition (SD) digital TV licenses.

Its bid price is the highest at Bt2.355 billion, which is a six-fold increase from the start price at Bt380 million.

The other six bid winners in the category are True DTT, GMM SD Digital TV, BEC-Multimedia, RS Television, Mono Broadcast and Bangkok Business Broadcasting.

Thai Broadcasting is the subsidiary of Workpoint Entertainment, while Bangkok Business Broadcasting is the subsidiary of Nation Multimedia Group.

In the high definition category, BEC-Multimedia offered the highest bid price at Bt3.53 billion.

The bid price started from Bt1.51 billion. Nine companies vied for seven HD licenses.

Other six bid winners, including Bangkok Broadcasting and Television which operates Channel 7 and Thai Rath, also proposed the prices above Bt3 billion, according to the NBTC.

The one-hour auction was organised at CAT Tower, Bang Rak district.

Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC’s Braodcasting Committee, said that the first round of auction for seven variety HD channels ended with the highest final bid price of Bt3.53 billion from BEC-Multimedia while the lowest bid is Bt3.32 billion.

Here is the full list of HD license bid winners and their bid prices:

BEC-Multimedia: Bt3.53 billion

Bangkok Media and Broadcasting: Bt3.46 billion

Bangkok Broadcasting and Television, Channel 7 operator: Bt3.37 billion.

Triple V Broadcast: Bt3.36 billion

MCOT: Bt3.34 billion

Amarin Television: Bt3.32 billion

GMM HD Digital TV: Bt3.32 billion.

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