AZERBAIJAN BANS BROADCASTING OF FOREIGN TVSERIES
- The broadcasting of all foreign TV series will be banned inAzerbaijan from May 1, 2012, in an effort to support the domestic TV production.
The ban, which was issued at the end of last year,includes Turkish soap operas and foreignshows that have been dubbed in Azerbaijani language.
Nushirevan Meherremli, chairman of the National Broadcasting Council of Azerbaijan, told thelocal press that the ban is aimed at developing domestic TV sector and protecting the rights oflocal filmmakers. The government is firm in its decision and will not back down from the ban, hesaid.
TV stations that violate the ban will receive different punishments, including revoking ofbroadcast license.
In December, 2011, Meherremli claimed that "foreign soap operas often contradict Azerbaijanmentality, and impede the development of local film industry."
The NBC Chairman also noted that the Azerbaijani government has already allocated grants forthe production of local TV series.
About 20 foreign TV series are currently being broadcast on six of the seven national channelsin Azerbaijan.
At the beginning of April the NBC allocated approximately 650, 000 U.S. dollars for theproduction of local television series.
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- 1804 Russian forces, led by General Tshitshianov, start their first assault on Yerevan. It lasts till September.
- 1837 Opening of the Yerevan Consistory.
- 1843 The Mkhitarist Congregation publishes the "Bazmavep" monthly in Venice.
- 1868 The Armenian Church in Echmiadsin starts publishing (to 1918) the Holy See's official monthly: "Ararat".
- 1872 Death of Matatyan (Seyad), Eastern-Armenian writer and troubadour.
- 1891 The "Flag" newspaper (affiliated to the Dashnak party) starts publication.
- 1901 The Tsar publishes the law on land and agricultural reform in Transcaucasia.
- 1905 Civil unrest in Bitlis.
- 1920 Bolsheviks' first revolt in Armenia. The Armenian Government and Parliament take radical measures to quell the revolt.
- 1927 Death of Levon Sargsyan, the editor of "Moorch". He was a Bolshevik and later was made ambassador in Tehran.
- 1935 The first Armenian sound motion picture "Pepo" is shown.
- 1978 Death of Aram Khatshatooryan (composer). He was born in 1903.