YPC Weekly Newsletter

2011


“A1+” AGAINST NCTR: FOUNDER OF “ARMNEWS” DENIES TO BE THIRD PARTY, WHILE THE PLAINTIFF SUBMITS A SUPPLEMENT TO THE SUIT

On July 8 at RA Administrative Court another session on the suit of “Meltex” LLC, founder of “A1+” TV company, versus National Commission on Television and Radio was held. As it has been reported, on February 21 “Meltex” contested the results of digital broadcast licensing competition No.11. The founders of “A1+” and “ArmNews” TV companies were opponents in this competition (the latter became the winner). The NCTR December 16, 2010 decision on competition No.11 noted that the financial means, claimed by “Meltex” LLC, “cannot be sufficient, given that the significant part of the supporting documents on the financial assistance (…) is forged and unjustified”. Namely, this fact rendered impossible for “A1+” to implement a complete broadcast in the digital network in Yerevan, assured the NCTR. Assessing this justification as forced and biased, “Meltex” addressed the court demanding to restore its violated rights and nullify the NCTR decision on competition No.11. At the hearings, started on May 11, 2011, the Court secured the plaintiff’s motion on impleading “ArmNews” CJSC, founder of “ArmNews” TV channel, as a third party in the case. Meanwhile at the session of June 10 the representatives of “ArmNews” did not appear before the court (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, June 10-16, 2011).

At the session of July 8 a letter in which founder of “ArmNews” denies to participate in the court proceedings was read out. The “A1+” founder, in its turn, presented a supplement to its suit. The 7 pages’ document lists in detail the inconformities of the “ArmNews”  licensing application that were neglected by NCTR while determining the winner of competition No.11. The Court granted the respondent with time for reviewing the supplement to the suit.