Today, March 28th, the Baku Appeals Court held a joint hearing on combined lawsuits filed against the National TV and Radio Council (NTRC) by “Objective TV and Radio Broadcasting Company” LLC co-founders Emin Huseynov, Mehman Aliyev, and additional plaintiff Rasul Jafarov. Judge Elshane Valiyeva presided over the hearing.
Objective TV and Radio Broadcasting Company representative Gunay Ismayilova, additional plaintiff Rasul Jafarov and NTRC representatives Togrul Mammadov and Nemat Javadov participated in the hearing.
In the hearing, Jafarov stated that granting a license to Golden Prince LLC only because of the fact that they will broadcast news is a legal violation and that the lawsuit should be fulfilled and the NTRC must be tasked with holding a new contest for the 103.3 FM frequency.
Objective TV and Radio Broadcasting Company representative Gunay Ismayilova said that the NTRC didn’t substantiate why it gave the license to Golden Prince LLC and requested the court to fulfill the lawsuit.
NTRC representative Togrul Mammadov also failed to give a grounded reason, however he requested the judge not to fulfill the lawsuit.
After deliberation, the Judge decided not to fulfill the lawsuit.
On November 25, 2010, National TV and Radio Council announced a competition for opening of new radio station on 103.3 FM frequency. Three companies participated in the competition: Objective TV and Radio Broadcasting Company LLC, Golden Prince LLC and individual Rasul Jafarov. Golden Prince LLC was announced as a winner. The plaintiffs appealed directly to the Appeals Court due to the requirements of the legislation.
BBC radio was broadcast on 103.3 frequency until 2009. As of January 1, 2009, the broadcasting of BBC, Voice of America, and Radio Liberty on local frequencies was suspended.