Mutual Broadcasting of Azerbaijani & Russian TV Channels Short-term
Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr S. Ilhamgizi / The agreement on bilateral broadcasting of TV channels between Azerbaijan and Russia is short-term, the chairman of the Azerbaijan National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council, Nushiravan Maharramli said on 15 May.
The council prohibited the broadcasting of foreign TV channels ( Russia's ORT and RTR, Turkey's Kanal-D and STV) through local frequencies. Broadcasting is now possible only through cable or satellite television.
The Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Vasili Istratov, has recently reported that Russia is ready to broadcast one of the Azerbaijani TV channels in Moscow through its frequencies in exchange for the extension of Russian channels being broadcast in Azerbaijan. The Ambassador stated that he was waiting for a response in order to begin negotiations.
Regarding the Russian Ambassador's proposal, Maharramli stated "mutual broadcasting of the two countries' channels was possible. However, this method of transmission is not used in the modern world any more. Space antennas give people the chance to watch TV programs of many foreign channels. So, such bilateral broadcasting can last only 1-2 years," Maharramli said.
The chairman also noted that Azerbaijan will only be able to broadcast in Russia the TV channels financed by the public budget. The government is not responsible for the private channels and cannot take on the liability. Maharramli voiced his belief that it would be more expedient to establish the broadcasting of the Public Channel (ITV) in Russia, as the amount of its viewers and variety of TV programs exceeds the audience of AzTv.