On March 24 the RA President Robert Kocharian signed a decree on conducting
a competition to fill in vacancies at the National Commission on Television
and Radio. The competition commission includes: the chairman Armen Harutiunian
(the Rector of the RA State Administration Academy); the secretary Irina Ghulinian
(Deputy Head of the Public and Media Relations Department of the Administration
of the RA President); commission members – Naira Manucharova (Deputy Chief Editor
of “Novoye Vremya” newspaper), Arthur Yezekian (President of “Shant” TV company)
and Elinar Vardanian (Executive Director of “Center of Public Dialogue and Development”
NGO). The competition can accommodate citizens of Armenia who have many-year
experience in journalism, broadcasting, technology, culture, arts, science and
law, higher education and command of Armenian language. The deadline for applications
is April 4, 2005.
The competition to fill in vacancies in the National Commission on Television
and Radio was announced due to the expiration on March 19, 2005 of the four-year
terms of three NCTR members – Simavon Andreasian, Mushegh Hovsepian and Ara
The competition for NCTR vacancies is announced in Armenian for the first time
and is due to the amendments into the RA Law “On Television and Radio”, adopted
on December 3, 2003 by the RA National Assembly. According to the amendments,
the formation of the broadcast regulating bodies should be formed by a competition.
However, the members of these bodies are still appointed by the President of
the country – now from the competition winners. In February 2005 a similar competition
was held for vacancies in the Council of Public TV and Radio Company.