The Republic of Armenia Law on Television and Radio stipulates the existence of at least 1 Public Television Channel and 1 Public Radio Channel, which are subsidized by the State budget, but have the right to carry out commercial activities (sell advertisement) and cover any additional costs. Currently, there are 3 public TV channels and 2 public radio channels, which are – First TV Channel, Ararat TV, Shirak TV, Public Radio of Armenia, Shirak Public Radio.
News and current affairs content is mostly available on First TV channel, Shirak TV, Public Radio of Armenia and Shirak Public Radio, whereas Ararat TV is a dedicated cultural channel, which has some culture related news and analytical programs.
According to both AGB Nielsen and IREX National Semi-Annual Survey 2008-2009 the Armenian Public Television (H1) tops the rating chart of the Armenian television channels, with 20-27% of market share (see Chapter 1 for details).
Shirak TV and Shirak Radio are only available in Shirak region covering a potential audience of close to 300,000. Consecutive public opinion surveys carried out by Gyumri Journalists’ Club “Asparez” have revealed, that both Shirak Radio and Shirak TV have very low rating, with a market penetration of less than 5% for TV and about 3% for radio.
 RA Law on Television and Radio, signed into law on 09.11.2000
 AGB Nielsen Media Research Armenia., the in August, 2010
 “Researches 15-31 August 2007,” Journalists’ Club Asparez, September 2007