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Shortlist of contenders for digital channels due this week

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission will release the shortlists of bidders for each category of commercial digital terrestrial TV licences next week.

"The examination of bidders' qualifications is almost complete. We expect to approve the finalists on Monday," Natee Sukonrat of the broadcasting committee said yesterday.

The country's first auction of commercial digital terrestrial TV licences will begin early next year, he said.

During the application period in late October for the auction of the 24 licences, 29 companies submitted 41 applications.

The nine companies applying for the seven available high-definition (HD) variety channels were Bangkok Broadcasting and Television, PM Group, Amarin Television, MCOT, GMM HD Digital TV, BEC-Multimedia, Thai Broadcasting, Bangkok Media and Broadcasting, and Triple V Broadcast.

The 16 firms applying for seven standard-definition (SD) variety channels were Bangkok Business Broadcasting, BBTV Satelvision, GMM SD Digital TV, BEC-Multimedia, Voice TV, Thai Broadcasting, Thai TV, MCOT, RS Television, Amarin Television, Triple V Broadcast, 411 Entertainment, Touch TV, Bangkok Media and Broadcasting, Mono Broadcast and True DTT.

The 10 companies chasing seven news channels were NBC Next Vision, Voice TV, Post TV, Thai TV, I-Sport Media, 3A Marketing, DN Broadcast, Thai News Network, Springnews Television and Mono Generation.

The six enterprises aiming for three children's channels were Nation Kids, Thai TV, MCOT, Rose Media and Entertainment, BEC-Multimedia and True DTT.

The auction will begin with the HD variety category first, while SD variety, SD news and SD children's will follow in that order, but the venue and exact dates have not been set.

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