Internews awarded 7 sets of television production equipment totaling $38,000 to independent television stations around the country. A total of 15 stations submitted proposals for the competition which aimed at developing the news production capacity of Armenian stations.
The winners are expected to be self-sustainable media outlets that are don’t receive funds from government sources. They were chosen by a selection committee made up of local and foreign members who evaluated each station according to the following criteria: news quality and objectivity (based on Internews’ 20 point scale), financial sustainability of the station, strength of management, and professionalism of staff.
The winners in the three largest cities are A1+ (Yerevan), Tsaig (Gyumri), and Interkap (Vanadzor). These stations will receive packages that range in value from $6,000 to $9,000. The winners from the regions, “Ankyun+3” (Alaverdi), “Fortuna” (Stepanavan), “Sosi” (Kapan) and “Sissian ev Menk” (Sissian) will receive packages ranging in value from $1,500 to 6,800.