Nine Setanta slots on BSkyB up for grabs

Canis Media will handle sales of broadcast slots

Setanta to stop broadcasting

LONDON -- The administrator for failed pay TV operator Setanta has put nine slots on BSkyB's satellite service up for grabs, which could raise as much as £1 million ($1.6 million).

Deloitte, the firm handling the dismantling of Setanta's business, has hired TV management company Canis Media to handle the sale of the nine slots.

The nine were used to broadcast Setanta News, Setanta Golf, Racing UK, Racing World, and the Arsenal, Celtic and Rangers TV channels.

Canis Media said Wednesday that there were also an unspecified number of unallocated digital Electronic Program Guide channels slots available.

"Sports broadcasters should obviously be looking very closely at the EPG to see how a channel move could help them," Canis Media chief Ed Hall said.

The clock is ticking for any moves by other broadcasters as BSkyB rules insist a channel can only be off air for 30 days before it is deleted from the EPG.