Thursday, December 21 2017 16:51

Armenia`s TV channels to be reduced rate of state fee for broadcasting programs

ArmInfo. Armenian TV  channels will be reduced the rate of state fee for broadcasting  programs. Amendments to the Law "On State Duty" were adopted at the  session of the National Assembly of Armenia on December 21 in the  second and final reading.

As the deputy minister of transport, communications and information  technologies of the RA Boris Demirkhanyan noted in his speech, the  draft law envisages reducing the state fee for broadcasting companies  broadcasting in digital format to the republic from 20 thousand AMD  to 1 thousand AMD.

For companies broadcasting in the capital, the state duty rate will  be 500 AMD instead of 10 thousand AMD at present, and in the regions  200 AMD instead of 1 thousand drams at present. The decrease,  according to the deputy minister, was implemented exactly as far as  the increase in 2010 was realized.  The Deputy Minister noted that  currently 99.8% of the entire territory of Armenia is covered by  digital broadcasting, which is a unique phenomenon. The application  of new rates will not lead to a reduction in budgetary allocations.  Despite the fact that the deductions will be reduced by 169 million  AMD a year, however, the deductions from the revenues of the Public  TV channel are 280 million AMD. As a result, the country's budget  wins about 49 million AMD.

The presented package is designed to improve the quality of  television programs. The law will come into force on January 1, 2018. 

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