On November 8, in its article "Fired" the "Chorrord Ishkhanutiun" newspaper reported that, according to their information, "the two Russian specialists – a producer and a director – got fired from Public TV." "The news of their appointment caused a sensation in the press, but the reason for the dismissal, according to the "Chorrord Ishkhanutiun" was not the hype, but rather the substandard work, done by these individuals. According to some reports, they shot an promotional piece with a total cost of 2 million drams, which, however, proved to be of very poor quality," the newspaper reported.
The article was about acting Chief Executive producer of the Public Television of Armenia Maxim Kiselyov (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, September 27 – October 3, 2013) and director Sergei Yekhalov. YPC requested the Public TV of Armenia to provide clarifications on this matter. The reply provided on November 15 by the Public TV Public Relations officer Arusyak Zakaryan, Maxim Kiselyov’s and Sergey Yekhalov’s responsibilities were stipulated in a contract. "Their main functions envisaged the implementation of trainings and workshops to familiarize employees with innovations and international best practice. The cooperation of the acting chief producer and director with the Public TV ended after the latter completed the tasks they were assigned," Arusyak Zakarian said. The Public TV of Armenia also reconfirmed its intention to continue to invite experts from prominent television companies in different countries to utilize their experience.