On January 18, 2012 Levon Barseghian, the Board Chairman of “Asparez” Journalists Club of Gyumri, sent a complaint to Grigor Amalian, Chairman of the National Commission on Television and Radio (NCTR), notifying about the excess of commercial advertising on the New Year air of the First Channel of the Public Television of Armenia. The reason for addressing NCTR was the monitoring results of the PTA First Channel, administered by “Asparez” on December 30-31, 2011 and January 1-2, 2012. Listing the violations revealed and attaching the tables on the study’s data, the Head of “Asparez” requested NCTR considering the presented materials and informing about the measures taken.
As it has been reported, during the previous New Year holidays (December 31, 2010 and January 1, 2011) “Asparez” had also monitored the air of PTA First Channel, had registered similar violations of the permissible legislative quota of advertising and had written to NCTR about this. In his reply, Grigor Amalian noted that he had addressed the Council of the Public Television and Radio company for explanations, and given their validity, he re-addressed the explanations to “Asparez” (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, February 18-24, 2011).