BBC Russian Service Starts Broadcasting in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The BBC Russian Service has begun broadcasting in Armenia. The radio company will broadcast via the 106.5 MHz wave every morning from 9 to 9:30 for Yerevan and the Ararat region.

British Ambassador to Armenia Timothy Jones said during the July 7 presentation that financial conditions do not yet permit opening an Armenian-language service.

He said the program meant for listeners in the South Caucasus and Central Asia covers regional news and presents world news highlights.

BBC signed an agreement about broadcasting for Armenia with the Armenian private radio company "Impulse," whose producer Tigran Khumarian promised that there is intention to make the broadcasts countrywide.

BBC has a history of nearly 80 years. Currently–besides a radio service the company also has television service.

However–according to Ambassador Jones–it is yet early to speak about BBC Television opening in Armenia–as sources of TV and Radio financing are different: BBC television is a privately funded incorporation.

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