Azerbaijan, Baku, October 22 / Trend A. Huseynbala /
After the statement made by head of Azerbaijani presidential administration, certain positive changes have been made in activity of TV and Radio.
"These changes are not at the level we expected. But the process advances. Shortages in radio programs are removed," chairman of the Azerbaijani National Television and Radio Council, Nushiravan Maharramli, said on October 22.
Head of the presidential administration Ramiz Mehdiyev attracted attention to shortages in activity of TV and radio channels in the article published in 'Azerbaijan' newspaper under the title 'Ether time of Azerbaijan: problems and tasks' on October 2.
Mehdiyev said that increasing number of low-quality entertaining show programs at TV channels is one of mainly discussed problems disturbing public.
Head of the administration said that discussion of the problem by experts demonstrated that business-interests of TV and radio channels, adding programs alien to our mentality to fill up ether, lack of professional staff and other problems are one of major grounds of similar serous shortages.
Maharramli said that many channels have changed theme of ether. Some of them have changed their activity.
"But we expect for more changes," Maharramli said.
As to proposals on increase of the Azerbaijani National Television and Radio Council's authority to ensure more serious control over activity of TV channels, Maharramli said that the Council does not want to interfere in creative work via administrative ways.
"But this issue is in agenda. Its solving depends on legislative body. Once we were accused of intention to expand our authority. If we had got this authority in time, we would not have had these problems," he said.
Maharramli said that the Azerbaijani National Television and Radio Council plans to hold trainings together with the E-media assistance foundation in November and December.
"Famous specialists on TV and radio, presenters on TV channels, as well as people responsible for policy of channels' programs," Maharramli said.
Up to 4,000 media outlets were registered in Azerbaijan, 600 of them operate now. Roughly 400 newspapers and magazines are published. Over 20 TV channels operate. There are 50 E-media outlets, 20 information agencies, rest - Internet resources in Azerbaijan.
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