Charter Communications, Inc. recently notified the management of Horizon Armenian Television that this channel that has been serving the Armenian community for more than two decades would be yanked off the Charter lineup effective February 19, 2013.
This shocking and unilateral decision by the corporation that governs the cable system serving Glendale, Burbank, La Crescenta, La Canada, Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley will deprive its customers of access to a reliable source of news related to community developments and events during this critical period preceding the municipal elections in Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles, and other adjoining cities.
Horizon Armenian Television finds this action a gross injustice and disservice by the Charter corporate to its customers. At the beginning of December, the Horizon Armenian Television accepted all the new terms stipulated by the Charter corporate for the renewal of their fourteenth annual agreement. Horizon Armenian Television met all the financial obligations imposed by Charter prior to the start of the New Year and long before being notified that it will be removed from the line-up.
Horizon Television debuted in May of 1989 with a mission to inform and serve the Armenian- American community. In a short time, Horizon became a broadcast outlet for news and information and evolved into a true voice for the ever-expanding Armenian community. In 1999, Horizon expanded its programming to become the first 24-hour television channel in the local Armenian community and through partnering with organizations and businesses alike, it has provided groundbreaking coverage of all things Armenian for its viewers. Horizon Armenian TV has played a pivotal role in the launch and expansion of Armenian language television programs and channels in Southern California over the past 14 years.
This action by the Charter corporate is nothing short of bullying a non-profit organization which is dedicated to service and the betterment of the community. This action is an affront to the thousands of loyal Armenian-American customers in Glendale, Burbank, and surrounding areas.
We are confident that Horizon viewers will be joined by community organizations, leaders and businesses to express their anger and disappointment at this flagrant abuse of power whose aim is to silence and stifle the vibrant voices of our energetic and diverse community.
In the coming days, Horizon Armenian Television and a task force of community representatives will unveil the legal and other actions being taken to not only keep Horizon Armenian TV on the Charter line-up, but to expand coverage to adjoining Armenian communities and enhance the diversity of programming provided by local Armenian television content providers.
Horizon Armenian Television
Board of Directors