From September 10 five days a week (Monday-Friday) at 21.00 “ArmNews” TV channel will broadcast “Ayb-Fe+”, 20-minute newscasts of “A1+” TV company. Artak Aleksanian, “ArmNews” Managing Director, and Mesrop Movsesian, “A1+” Director, announced about this at a press conference held in Yerevan on September 4. As it was noted, the cooperation agreement is concluded for one year, and the parties should refrain from intervening in each other’s editorial policy.
It is noteworthy that the founders of “A1+” and “ArmNews” TV companies were opponents in the digital broadcast licensing competition No.11, which was summed up by the National Commission on Television and Radio on December 16, 2010 (“ArmNews” became the winner). On February 21, 2011 “A1+” founder, “Meltex” LLC, disputed the results of this competition, lodging a suit versus NCTR and demanding to restore its violated rights and nullify the NCTR decision on competition No.11 (founder of “ArmNews” was impleaded as a third party). On October 3, 2011 RA Administrative Court revoked the suit, reasoning that the competition was held in compliance with the legislation, therefore the rights of the plaintiff were not violated. On February 9, 2012 RA Administrative Court of Appeal upheld this ruling (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, February 10-16, 2012). “Meltex” applied to RA Court of Cassation, which revoked the complaint on March 28, 2012. According to the management of “A1+”, the founder of the TV company intends to address the European Court of Human Rights.