Before heading to Tashkent in April 2002, Armenia’s then President Robert Kocharyan was responding to the A1+reporter’s questions at the airport.
Several hours later, the National Commission on Television and Radio (NCTR)—which he had appointed—reached a decision to deprive A1+ of airtime.
But it was apparent from Kocharyan’s words that this decision was made long ago.
“It’s portrayed that the commission is shutting down the A1+ company; the commission has no such powers,” he was saying. “The A1+ company was managing the 37th frequency. It was managing [this frequency] for five years, and the term for that management has expired by law.”
In addition, he was advising A1+ to participate in the other contests for channels during the year.
“I sincerely wish that A1+ would be on air,” Kocharyan was saying, in particular.
Also on that day, Robert Kocharyan advised Armenia’s political opposition to spend money and purchase media outlets. In ...