The Ministry of Information says the winners of five new content provider licences granting the recipients digital free-to-air television channels under the state-owned broadcaster MRTV will be announced at the end of this month.
Speaking to members of Parliament’s Upper House on Tuesday, Information Minister Pe Myint briefed lawmakers on the status of the bidding process.
“The official term for [operators of the free-to-air channels] is content provider. There were over 40 applicants for the content provider licences for five channels and the names of the five winners will be announced end of this month,” Pe Myint told MPs.
He said the free-to-air channels are being created as a platform for private broadcasters before the Broadcast Law, currently in drafting, is ready. The companies awarded the licences will have to pay 9 million kyats ($6,600) in satellite and broadcast equipment installation fees and an additional broadcasting fee of 20 million kyats per month.
DVB Multimedia Group is among 10 bidders shortlisted to receive one of the five licences. The other nine announced on 2 February are Eleven Media Group; Mizzima Media Company; Bo Bo Entertainment Myanmar Group; Tikhina Company; VOIP Myanmar Group (VMG); Global Technology Company; Fortune International Company; Kaung Myanmar Aung Company; and Young Investment Group.