ATV Ends Before It Begins

AMMAN (JT) — ATV announced on Wednesday that it did not launch its transmission, scheduled for 5:00pm yesterday, in accordance with a decision by the Audio Visual Commission. ATV’s managing director said the commission, which had also suspended the channel’s test transmission last Tuesday, demanded documents from the station related to technical permits and frequencies, before the channel started its test transmission on NILESAT 102. ATV said it supplied the commission with all documents it requested and is under obligation not to transmit, although the channel is sure of the completion of its paperwork and the preparedness of its staff and grid in accordance with the high standards it promised viewers. ATV said it hopes to reach a speedy settlement with the commission and start transmission of programmes it has been preparing for months. [Jordan Times]

What’s up with that? ATV has been the on-again off-again satellite station that is the first private news network in Jordan. It’s been promising to begin airing for well over a year now and advertisements have been up for some time. Everyone in journalism these days seems to be working for ATV. They’ve been seen filming and filming and filming all over town; archiving and archiving and archiving.

Is it possible that in all the hustle and bustle…they forgot to submit the paperwork?!


  • they forgot to submit the paperwork?!

    Lets assume so, but they’ve been babbling about their Wednesday launch for a while. It would be hard to believe, that no one from the media committee gave them a ring, only 2 days before their launch.

    ألو، مهند الخطيب؟
    أنا فلان بحكي معاك من هيئة المسموع، إحنا الحكومة، إحنا تبعين الستلايتات وهل القصص
    أول إشي مبروك القناة، بس شو قصة انكو الأربعاء راح تطلعو؟ والله يا سيدي ما ظنيتلك لانو في وراق ناقصة في معاملتكو بدها كم توقيع و طوابع، فالله يرضى عليك و قفولي البث و تعالو زبطو

  • the audiovisual commission spin is hotair. the channel is simply not ready and may need a few more days. to avert an investor rebellion because of the endless delays, the ATV management instigated the licensing problem with the audiovisual commission. the poor Kuwaiti investor is getting fleeced.

  • I think I read somewhere that the head of the comittee was called by some agency and he said :I just came from and overseas trip tp america and I have no Idea what you are talking about!

    sometimes, you feel the urge to kick someone in the nuts, but then you say they are the only things that keep him going, a bat on the head maybe will make some of them wake up!

  • وحاولت “عمون” معرفة الحقيقة فاتصلت برئيس الهيئة حسين بني هاني الذي ابلغها انه وصل للتو من الولايات المتحدة الاميركية ØŒ ولا علم له بالامر .

  • Load of nonesense… Someone up there is against this channel, it can’t be that after going through all the crap and all the time put into this that they forgot such a fundemental and routine thing such as paperwork.

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