Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr S. Babayeva / The issue on broadcasting of Azerbaijani state channel of AzTv in Russia will be solved in November, the head of the Azerbaijani National Television and Radio Council (NTRS) Nushiravan Maharramli reported on 31 October.
During the meeting of the Council held at the beginning of January it was decided to terminate the translation of the Russian ORT and RTR-Planeta channels in Azerbaijan. Broadcasting of ORT was stopped on 10 July, and broadcasting of RTR-Planeta was extended, after Russia applied to Azerbaijan but on the condition that an Azerbaijani TV channel would be broadcast in Russia. The working groups dealing with the case of mutual broadcasting have held two meetings and the initial project on mutual broadcasting has been coordinated.
Technical contracts were developed to achieve mutual agreements. Azerbaijan presented its options 2 months ago, which says Azerbaijan undertakes financing of RTR-Planeta in its territory.
The chairman of NTRC repeatedly stated that in case a common agreement was not achieved, broadcasting of Russian RTR-Planeta channel via Azerbaijani national frequency would be suspended.
Azerbaijan considers the coverage area of Azerbaijani AzTV in Russia should be on par with the coverage area of RTR-Planeta in Azerbaijan.
"Our patience exhausted. But we do not want to undermine the relations with Russia. Therefore, we are still waiting," he said.