Posted: 30 Dec 2008"Azerbaijan's National Television and Radio Council has ruled that it will ban international radio stations from broadcasting on national frequencies. The ban, which is due to come into effect on January 1, will terminate radio broadcasts by the BBC, Voice of America, and RFE/RL's Azeri-language service, Radio Azadliq. The council first announced the proposal in late October, but this ruling finalizes the decision. The council has argued that national FM and medium-wave radio frequencies are the property of the government, and as such cannot be used by international broadcasters. ... Although the banned broadcasters will still have access to satellite, cable, and Internet platforms in Azerbaijan, the ban on radio transmissions is expected to eliminate the vast majority of the stations' current audience." RFE/RL News, 30 December 2008.
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