A1 Plus | 20:02:39 | 23-03-2004 | Social |

"A1+" FACING A LEGAL BAR

Which are the privileges of the TV Companies that won at TV and Radio
National Committee' tenders and now broadcast? Which are the shortcomings of
"A1+" that TV and Radio National Committee has deprived it of the chance to
return to broadcasting area for 7 times and didn't allow the reasons for
license refusal?

"Meltex" LTD representatives have been applying to the Economic Court for 7
months to get them in written. That trial, hearing of "Meltex" LTD claim
demanding TV and Radio National Committee to let the reasons for not
granting "A1+" the broadcasting license in the tenders for 25th, 31st, 39th,
51st frequencies, has ended today.

At today's session "Meltex" LTD representative Ara Zohrabyan introduced an
application also demanding TV and Radio National Committee to make public
the bases for refusing the license to "A1+" in the tenders for 3rd, 63rd and
56th frequency ranges.

"The decision on granting a license to a tender winner can't be commented
otherwise but the decision on refusing a license to other participants of
the tender", TV and Radio National Committee representative Varser
Karapetyan said, neglecting the requirements of the 51st article of the Law
on "Television and Radio" and the 63rd article of "Regulations of TV and
Radio National Committee". The 51st article clearly states: An applicant is
informed in written about the bases of refusing the license within 10 days
after the decision is made.

However, as it was expected from the last phase of the legal proceedings
(baseless dragging out of the trial, challenge of TV and Radio National
Committee to the Judge) Judge Robert Sargssyan rejected "A1+" claim against
TV and Radio National Committee.

The Court decision can be appealed against in the Appeal Court within 15
days.

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