2015 switch to Digital Broadcasting
Nerses Yeritsyan, Minister for the economy, announced that Armenia will complete its switch to digital broadcasting in 2015. He made this comment during a press briefing on the 12th November and went on to confirm that the government had also approved the plan to convert to digital broadcasting.
The first step is to start a public debate, on the subject, at the end of 2009, which will continue until the summer of 2010, after which time it will develop a technical plan, decide on licensing conditions and then change and implement new legislation.
The first phase of digitisation is planned to occur in late 2010 and will start with a pilot HDTV high quality service.
Item added: 23rd November 2009
Amendments made to the Broadcasting Law
Amendments to the RA Law “On Television and Radio” were adopted, on December 26, 2008, at an extraordinary session of the RA National Assembly.
The Law had been approved by the Armenian Government on October 8 and adopted by the Parliament in the first hearing on October 16, 2008.
During the extraordinary session two articles in the Broadcasting Law were amended.
The first, Article 28, limited the broadcasting of programs, of the Public TV and Radio Company in national minorities’ languages, to 1 hour per week for public television and 1 hour per day for public radio. This restriction has been abolished.
The second amendment refers to Article 59 of the Broadcast Law, suspending the conductance of broadcast licensing competitions till July 20, 2010. As a result of the new amendment not only TV companies, but also radio companies, whose licences expire before January 21, 2011, can apply to the National Commission on Television and Radio to extend their licence. However licences cannot be extended beyond the 21st January 2011.
Source: Yervan Press Club weekly newsletter 8-15th January 2009
Item added: 19th January 2009
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