One state frequency is expected to be given to Broadcasting Stations VOA and Radio Liberty/Free Europe in return of shut down of the broadcast of a local TV and Radio company, Nushirivan Maharramli, Chairman of the National TV and Radio Council, told Trend.
The meeting between representatives of broadcasting stations VOA and Radio Liberty and the Chairman of the National TV and Radio Council scheduled for today took place.
During the meeting, they have discussed issues on broadcast with the Chairman of the Council.
Just a year ago VOA and Radio Liberty wanted a separate FM wave. We have discussed this issue and came to a conclusion. The decision will be announced after the tomorrow sitting of the Council. We told top ranking representatives of the foreign broadcast stations that the broadcast of foreign broadcasting stations would not be interrupted. We have always created favourable conditions for them, said Mr. Maharramli.
He also remembered the interruptions in the broadcast of some stations on local frequencies. VOA and Radio Liberty will broadcast at one state frequency. The National TV and Radio Council will be the owner of the frequency.
Touching upon an issue on paying the license fees by these broadcast stations, he said that as soon as the Cabinet of Ministers makes a decision on their licenses, the National Council would launch the discussion on the issue. The Council suggested the foreign broadcasting stations to paying for their license rather than to think about local ones. The Cabinet of Ministers will make a decision on this issue. If foreign broadcast stations want to broadcasts in Azerbaijan, then they should welcome this decision, said Mr. Maharramli
During the meeting, an issue connected with the broadcasting of VOA on ANS was touched. According to Mr. Maharramli, the national TV and Radio Council informed the guests about its decision. We have proposed foreign TV channels to negotiate with Azerbaijani ones, but they may cooperate with them, i.e. the information must not be rebroadcast. The Cooperation should be only within transmitting the information, said Mr. Maharramov.
He also said that in order to continue their activity, all foreign broadcasting stations that work on their frequencies would have to receive their licenses in 2007 once again.