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Licenses of some TV channels may not be extended in Azerbaijan

Society Materials 19 January 2011 13:54
The Azerbaijani National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council will not extend the licenses of TV channels that have violated legislation.
Licenses of some TV channels may not be extended in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 19 / Trend T. Hajiyev /

The Azerbaijani National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council will not extend the licenses of TV channels that have violated legislation.

"While extending the term of licenses, we will consider how a particular channel complied with legal requirements for TV broadcasting in the period of its activity. These issues will be discussed at a council meeting. The main requirement for extending the license is the compliance with legal and procedural rules. The council will also make a decision on TV and radio stations violating the requirements of the law and not complying with procedural rules, " Chairman Nushiravan Maharramli told Trend.

He added that according to procedural rules, TV channels must apply to the council to extend their license once every six years, and six months before the permit expires.

He also expressed dissatisfaction with some TV channels, which look to improve their ratings by "showing horrific films."

"Corpses should be shown from a distance. The bodies of people who have been brutally killed should not be shown at all. In this regard, we are conducting certain work. Such cases have ceased at certain TV channels after we spoke with them in this regard," he said.

He added that this issue will also be taken into account when extending licenses.

"The activity of each channel over six years will be considered. If all of the requirements have been met over six years, then no problems will occur. The appropriate measures will be taken against those who violated the law on broadcasting," he said.

He added that there are no serious problems yet.

Broadcasting is conducted in Azerbaijan on the basis of special permits issued in accordance with the law on broadcasting. The permit is issued for six years.

Roughly eight national, 14 regional and 13 cable TV channels operate in Azerbaijan.

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