YPC Weekly Newsletter

2002


THE FOUNDER OF “A1+” FILED A SUIT AGAINST THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TELEVISION AND RADIO

On April 1 the founder of “A1+” TV company, “Meltex” LLC filed a suit with the RA Commercial Court demanding that the decisions of the National Commission on Television and Radio on holding competitions for licensing TV and radio broadcasting on the vacant and vacated frequencies be annulled. As it has been reported, the competitions were announced by the National Commission in February 2002 (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, February 16-22, 2002).

The demand of the plaintiff was grounded on the violation by the National Commission of a number of procedure norms in announcing competitions. According to the suit application by “Meltex”, Articles 48 and 49 of the RA Law “On Television and Radio” stipulate that the National Commission should have announced one competition for all the vacant frequencies, and the applications for a broadcast license should have been submitted for any vacant frequencies. Having announced several competitions for each frequency separately, the National Commission violated the right of “Meltex” to be considered a candidate for all the vacant frequencies. It is also noted in the suit that the license granted to “Meltex” to broadcast on 37th frequency expired on January 22, 2002, and, according to the Article 54 of the Law “On Television and Radio”, the competition was supposed to be announced two months before the license expiration, namely, in November 2001.

The consideration of the suit of “Meltex” LLC is scheduled for April 16.