On April 13 the President of Armenia Robert Kocharian signed a decree on appointing Zhirayr Dadasian, Ara Tadevosian and Simavon Andreasian members of the National Commission on Television and Radio with a six-year term of service. The competition to fill in the three vacancies in NCTR was announced on March 24 and held on April 9 by the competition commission, formed by the RA President. According to the commission announcement, published on April 15, it presented to the head of the state the competition winners and the written justification for its choice. The motivation given by the competition commission was that Zhirayr Dadasian, Ara Tadevosian and Simavon Andreasian, “in comparison to other applicants, are more up to criteria , defined by the law”. In particular, it was noted that the “winning candidates have rich professional experience (the professional activities of Ara Tadevosian and Simavon Andreasian also includes work with NCTR till 2005), are known in their spheres as competent, respectable personalities”.
As it has been reported, there were 10 bids for the competition, also from the three former NCTR members (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, April 1-7, 2005). Thus, in the composition of National Commission on Television and Radio only one actual replacement took place: the artistic director of Yerevan State Pantomime Theater Zhirayr Dadasian came to replace the head of TV journalism chair of the Yerevan State University Mushegh Hovsepian.