Armenian TV head denies "political subtext" behind programme suspension

Arminfo
3 Apr 04

YEREVAN

The head of the [Armenian] Kentron TV (Centre) and leader of the
United Workers' Party, Gurgen Arsenyan, has denied a statement by the
opposition Anrapetutyun (Republic) Party explaining the suspension of
Kentron's Tesankyun programme by pressure put by the presidential
apparatus on the leadership of the TV channel.

In an interview with Arminfo, he said that the decision to suspend the
TV programme was taken earlier and that there is no political
subtext. "The time has come for Kentron to show more serious
analytical programmes. "It would not be right to resort to satire now
when the political situation in the country is so difficult and
tense," he said.