RFE/RL Signs a Deal in Armenia But Says National Agreement Is Elusive - Radio World

RFE/RL Signs a Deal in Armenia But Says National Agreement Is Elusive

The Broadcasting Board of Governors renewed a contract to carry programs of Radio Liberty's
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The Broadcasting Board of Governors renewed a contract to carry programs of Radio Liberty's Armenian language service on a private network based in the Armenian capital, Yerevan.

The contract with AR Radio Intercontinental runs until September 2008. The network has 23 transmitters, covering the city and outlying districts.

The deal means Armenian listeners will be able to continue to hear the programming on AR Radio Intercontinental. But Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty officials said efforts to renew a contract with Armenian Public Radio, with transmitters covering the country, "have so far proven unsuccessful." Armenian Public Radio announced in July that it would stop carrying Radio Liberty broadcasts on Aug. 9 on its 80 transmitters.

RFE/RL Armenian programs have been aired on Armenian Public Radio since 1998. The Armenian Service has been on the air since 1953.

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