Archive - Jan 12, 2012 |

Archive - Jan 12, 2012


The Language Issue in Popular Game Show 'What? Where? When?'

The Armenian version of the Russian game show "What? Where? When?" is broadcast on Armenia TV in the Russian language. Producer of "What? Where? When?" Karen Kocharyan told local news provider Aravot that the game show's patent requires certain conditions tied to the music, the appearance of the pavilion, filming and overall rules — but there's no language mandate. It was the Armenian organizers of "What? Where? When?" who chose Russian as the language of the show. Article 5 of Armenia's Law on Television and Radio Broadcasting states that "the language of television and radio programs broadcast in the territory of Republic of Armenia is Armenian, except for cases stipulated by this law." According to the law, programs broadcast for ethnic minorities do not need to be in Armenian. It was this aspect of the law that "What? Where? When?" producer Karen Kocharyan cited as the reason for broadcasting in Russian.
The Language Issue in Popular Game Show 'What? Where? When?'

Karen Kocharyan,
General Producer of the Armenian version of "What? Where? When?" 

I act according to the law. I'm not violating the law. According to the law, 20% of programming for ethnic minorities is permissible. I am doing it for ethnic minorities. It's a different matter that the show also interests others and they watch it. 

RFE/RL's Armenian service, Jan. 11, 2012

The Language Issue in Popular Game Show 'What? Where? When?'
Mesrop Harutyunyan,Media expert I don't believe that only ethnic minorities watch intellectual games in Armenia. Broadcasting "What? Where? When?" in Russian is unequivocally a violation of the Law on TV and Radio. The law clearly stipulates that the language of television and radio programs in the territory of Armenia is Armenian.

Information Psychosis

Information Psychosis
Allan Chumak, a Soviet faith healer
from 1989–90 who healed viewers
from the TV screen
« Different "psychologists" assuredly pointed out that it's necessary to shorten the duration of the holidays so that people can quickly go back to work and not have any desires to eat a lot, sleep a lot and leave the homeland »

Usually twice a year (in mid-August and early January) news in Armenia comes to a standstill. News providers and journalists are taking a break and as a consequence, news in the country aren't validated by newspapers, news sites or TV stations. And it turns out that if news isn't compiled in any way (through words or video), then its right to exist is placed into doubt. After all, that which is not written about or broadcast from the screen doesn't seem to exist, right?

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