Armenia’s rebel TV goes live again

A1+, Armenia’s leading independent television station has officially started live broadcasting for the first time in 8 years after being controversially pulled off the air by the authorities.

The company announced plans to launch live internet broadcasting back in May. After initial testing period, A1+ now offers Low Bandwidth and Medium Bandwidth streaming options which would reach a potential audience of 200,000 broadband consumers in Armenia.

8 years of struggle

This move culminates 8 years of struggle for air A1+ has been forced to go through.

The most trusted name in Armenian broadcast news at the time, “A1+” TV channel was shut down on April 2, 2002. The TV company was highly critical of than President Robert Kocharian and the move to shut it down was seen as an attempt to take it off the air ahead of Presidential elections scheduled in 2003.

Since closure, “A1+” television Company has participated in a dozen government-run tenders on broadcast licensing, and it has been refused a license on every occasion by the National Commission on Television and Radio (NCTR), a state licensing authority fully controlled by president Robert Kocharian.


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