Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.8
By Elchin Mekhtiyev - Trend:
The Azerbaijani National Council for Television and Radio (NCTR) has clarified the issue of suspending foreign TV channels' broadcasts in the country.
The broadcasting of foreign TV channels in Azerbaijan is carried out in a test mode, NCTR chairman Nushiravan Maharramli told Trend on Jan.8.
"The state doesn't bear any responsibility in connection with broadcasting of foreign TV channels in Azerbaijan. Only private companies and cable TV can be engaged in broadcasting foreign TV channels and in addition any person using satellite dishes can watch foreign channels. The state only solves those issues related to local TV channels," Maharramli said. .
"The social package notion has come from abroad. In those countries with 40, 50, or 60 TV channels, more important ones are selected and a social package is created and offered to the population free of charge. The number of all-republican TV channels in Azerbaijan is nearly ten. We only have one package and it is impossible to call it as a social package. There is one package of TV channels in Azerbaijan and it will be offered to the population free of charge," Maharramli said.
When coming to the issue of providing low-income families with decoders for digital TV, the head of the NTRC said the issue is on the agenda.
"We have raised this issue and it is expected to be positively resolved in 2014," Maharramli said.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by S.M.