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FM P-III second batch auction from 25 Oct; 14 in fray

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NEW DELHI: The e-auction of the second batch of FM Phase III will commence on 25 October 2016 from 09.30am.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry announced that as stipulated in the Notice Inviting Applications of 20 June 2016, bidders are required to submit their bid for at least one city in the first Clock Round. Any bidder failing to do so in the first Clock Round will forfeit its EMD in its entirety.

The Ministry said any assistance in this regard is available on contact helpdesk +91-124- 430 2039 or support@c1eauctions.com. The second batch of FM Radio Phase-III channels comprises 266 channels in 92 cities. The channels include 227 channels in 69 fresh cities and 39 channels in 23 existing cities which had remained unsold as there were no bids.

As in the first stage, the e-auctions will be conducted by C1 India Private Ltd. A Pre Bid conference was held on 11 July 2016, following by training and then a mock auction earlier this month.

After the pre-qualification of bidders, the shortlist is:

| 1 | Abhijit Realtors & lnfraventures (P) Ltd. |
| 2 | Dharmik lnfomedia Private Ltd. |
| 3 | Entertainment Network (I) Ltd. |
| 4 | Hotel Polo Towers (P) Ltd. |
| 5 | JCL Infra Limited |
| 6 | Kal Radio Limited |
| 7 | Malar Publication (P) Ltd. |
| 8 | Purvy Broadcasts (P) Ltd. |
| 9 | Rockstar El Private Limited |
| 10 | Sambhaav Media Ltd. |
| 11 | South Asia FM Limited |
| 12 | The Malayala Manorama Co. Ltd. |
| 13 | The Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Co. Ltd. |
| 14 | Ushodaya Enterprises Private Limited |

The first payment of 25 per cent of the successful bid amount will be made within five calendar days, and the remaining within 15 calendar days of the close of the auction and notification of successful bidders by the Government. The e-auction of the first batch of private FM radio phase-III comprising 135 channels in 69 Phase-II existing cities commenced on 27 July and was completed on 9 September after 125 rounds of bidding. Out of these, no bid was received in 13 cities having 26 channels, and partial bids were received in 9 cities with 12 channels remaining unsold, which Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley justified on the ground of “the demand - supply based market economics and bidder’s strategy”. However, he told the Parliament on 4 December 2015 that the Ministry had received the full payment of Rs.1055.9 crore notified on 16 September by 1 October.

Against the cumulative reserve price of Rs.550.18 crore for 135 channels, the government received aggregate provisional commitment of Rs.1156.9 crore for 97 channels in 56 cities. Out of 97 channels, 53 channels in 35 cities were sold at a premium over reserve price whereas 44 channels in 21 cities were sold at reserve price. The Ministry had decided to conduct e-auction of FM Radio Channels in batches under the extant FM Phase-III Policy.

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