YPC Weekly Newsletter

2011


HEARINGS ON THE SUIT OF “A1+” VERSUS NCTR ENDED

On September 16 RA Administrative Court ended hearing the suit of the founder of “A1+” TV company, “Meltex” LLC, versus National Commission on Television and Radio (NCTR). As it has been reported, on February 21, 2011 “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 preliminary hearings that lasted three months (May-August), the plaintiff had particularly presented a supplement to the suit, which listed the contradictions as contained in the bid of “ArmNews”, and which were ignored by the NCTR while determining the competition winner (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, September 8-15, 2011).

The ruling on the case will be released on October 3.