From Branislav Pekic in Rome
Croatian business channel Kapital Network has been granted a national concession for experimental broadcasting on the DVB-T network.
The decision was reached by Croatia's Electronic Media Council, which announced a tender for three specialised TV channels several weeks ago. As a result, Kapital Network, which has been available since May 2006 to some 500.000 households via cable, IPTV and satellite, will soon become visible to everyone with a DVB-T receiver. The experimental broadcasting concession will last until 31 December 2010 and after that, the Council will announce a new tender for longer concessions.
The Council rejected the applications submitted by the Croatian Music Channel (CMC) and NeT, declaring them incomplete. The bids submitted by private national broadcasters Nova TV and RTL Televizija were considered as of “low quality” and “sub-standard”, as they allegedly planned to air 70 per cent of repeat materials.