Azerbaijani National Council for Television and Radio (NCTR) has clarified the issue of suspension of foreign TV channels' broadcasting in the country's territory.
The broadcasting of foreign TV channels in the territory of Azerbaijan is carried out in test mode, NCTR chairman Nushiravan Maharramli told Trend on Jan.8.
"The state doesn't bear any responsibility in connection with broadcasting of foreign TV channels in the territory of Azerbaijan. Only private companies, cable TV can be engaged in broadcasting of foreign TV channels and in addition, any person using satellite dishes can watch foreign channels. But the state solves the issues only related to local TV channels," Maharramli said. .
"The social package notion has come from abroad. In the countries with 40, 50, or 60 TV channels, more important ones are selected and a social package is formed and offered to the population free of charge. The number of all-republican TV channels in Azerbaijan is nearly ten. We have only one package and it is impossible to call it as a social package. There is one package of TV channels in Azerbaijan and it will be offered to the population free of charge," Maharramli said.
When coming to the issue of providing low-income families with decoders for digital TV, the head of the NTRC said that this issue is on the agenda.
"We have raised this issue. It is expected that it will be positively solved in 2014," Maharramli said.