On December 27, 2004 the National Commission on Television and Radio considered the bids submitted to the broadcast licensing competitions announced on September 16. As it has been reported, five vacant UHFs in a number of Armenian cities were put on the competitions: 22nd in Yeghegnadzor, 22nd in Spitak, 26th in Dilijan, 33rd in Gyumri and 36th in Vardenis (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, September 10-16, 2004).
Three frequencies received one application each: 22nd in Yeghegnadzor was claimed by “Dzori Kanch” LLC, 33rd in Gyumri – “CHAP” LLC, and 36th in Vardenis – “SAMELON” LLC. The 22nd frequency of Spitak is contested by three LLCs – “Anna ev Karen”, “Medea Soft”, “Alik-Arman”. The competition for 26th frequency of Dilijan was annulled because of absence of bidders.
At the same session of December 27 NCTR made a decision of granting several vacant frequencies in various regions of the country to the Public Radio of Armenia for its programs. Another set of vacant frequencies was granted to the Public Television of Armenia – for broadcasting the programs of the First Channel and the youth channel “Nor Alik”.
On December 28 the National Commission considered the bids submitted for other broadcast licensing competitions, announced on September 17. As it has been reported, the competitions presented the 30th UHF in Artashat , two FMs in Yerevan (100.6 and 101.1 MHz), as well as two FM-packages in a number of Armenian cities. The first package includes eight frequencies, the second – twenty frequencies (see details in YPC Weekly Newsletter, September 17-23, 2004).
The only bidder for the 30th frequency in Artashat was “Telelex” TV company.
“MS Explorer” LLC filed applications for the two FMs in the capital. It should be noted that its founders are “A1+” TV company (deprived of air since April 2002) and Center “Cooperation for Democracy” NGO. Besides “MS Explorer”, the 100.6 MHz of Yerevan is claimed by “Avrora” radio, and 101.1 MHz – by “Avtoradio”.
The package of 8 FMs got only one application – from “ArRadioIntercontinental”. The package of 20 FMs is claimed by “Van” radio station and Radio “HAY”.
The results of all the competitions will be announced by the National Commission on February 14, 2005.