| 31 Mar 2023
FM Phase III e-auctions off to slow start, no bids for fifteen cities even as Govt claims winning price of Rs 395 crore

NEW DELHI: The e-auction for FM Radio channels in Phase III got off to a slow start with no bids in certain cities, and the provisional winning price lower than the Clock round Price.

In all, four rounds of the e-auction were held today, with 135 FM channels in all the 69 cities of the first stage being opened.

At the close of first day of bidding, 78 Channels in 54 cities became Provisionally Winning Channels, with cumulative provisional winning price of around Rs 395 Crore against their aggregate reserve price of about Rs 357 crore.

The Auction began today with Auction Activity Requirement set at 80 per cent. A total of 26 bidders were allowed to participate in the auction.

However, there were no bids for fifteen cities and the demand over the price in many cities fell by up to three per cent below the aggregate demand.

The Percentage Price Increment (in INR) applicable for the Next Clock Round was five or higher in the metros of Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai and in Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Aurangabad, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Jodhpur, Karnal, Patna and Pune.

The highest Provisional winning price – the same as the Clock round price at the end of the fourth round – was in Mumbai – Rs 41,91,27,594; Delhi - Rs 37,41,17,940, Bengaluru - Rs 25,00,47,000; Hyderabad - Rs 18,00,00,000; Pune – Rs 16,21,31,168; Chandigarh - Rs 15,61,00,590; Chennai - Rs 14,20,40,587; Lucknow - Rs 14,00,55,000; and Ahmedabad 13,89,78,668.00.

The ongoing auction is a Simultaneous Multiple Round Ascending (SMRA) e-auction which is being conducted online from Auction Control Room No. 404 B Wing, Shastri Bhawan.
Bidding will continue tomorrow, 28 July at 9:30 am, and a daily auction report will be put out on Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B Ministry) website.