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Second birth of First Caucasian Channel2011-01-25 20:00
First Caucasian information channel is back on TV with the company's managers announcing there will be no strictly political programs. One might recall Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili's speech on importance of the Russian language and its role in rapprochement between nations when this channel was opened presenting purely propaganda shows. What is the situation this time?
FCC's second birth is more than a significant event for Georgia's current regime. After a failed attempt to create a powerful media tool to influence minds of the North Caucasian republics and aggravate the situation in the region, the creators of the TV channel turned into a chameleon.
Presently the First Caucasian information channel is positioned as an information, education and entertainment channel with 6-hour daily broadcasts in the Russian language from Tbilisi in the territory of South and North Caucasus, Ukraine, Belarus, Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey and Iran, News Georgia reports.
The press service stated that the TV channel has no objective to counteract propaganda or polemize with other mass media or governments of other states. According to Ekaterina Kotrikadze, co-founder of the TV channel, the leadership has abandoned attempts to make it a politically motivated medium. "This is a channel that will report on events from all points of view the way we were taught journalism in college. We plan to always present two or three views. Our focus, certainly, will be North Caucasus. We want to break information vacuum North Caucasus is in, and speak about developments there in a more objective way", - she promised.
The information was confirmed by FCC director general Robert Parsons who also added that the TV channel would offer a wide range of genres including contemporary documentaries, history and art discussions, as well as talk shows. "We want to become a channel you will choose to watch to understand what is going on in Caucasus. We have a simple answer for those who have doubts: first watch, then judge", - News Georgia reports.
Parsons' statement is not at all unambiguous. Certainly, the audience will have a chance to see if the FCC head was cunning or not, but it's easy to admit that history discussions and talk shows in the atmosphere of russophobia that is blooming in Georgia, don't offer special prospects.
By the way, when First Caucasian channel was opened, president Mikheil Saakashvili said he was very happy to have a powerful Russian-language TV channel appearing in the country since the Russian language "is an important culture layer and a medium for dialogue that can't be lost in Caucasus". However, one month later the president's complacency disappeared. Eutelsat company (France) stopped broadcasting the channel's programs because W7 satellite was loaded and offered another satellite to carry out broadcasting in the territory of Georgia and Western Russia.
For some strange reasons the Georgian leader took it for "Moscow's trace" thinking that disconnecting First Caucasian is France's capitulation to Gazprom that allegedly creates a parallel reality and blocks "alternative ideas". Mikheil Nikolayevich also underlined that disconnecting the cannel is a "dangerous precedent of international political censorship".