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Maestro on TV air war2009-06-03 10:09
Slowly but steadily Georgian authorities are pushing street demonstrators out of the real and information space. People struggling for President Mikheil Saakashvili's resignation left Kostava Street, then Freedom Square and now they are not shown on Rustavi city TV.
From the very beginning it was private Maestro TV channel bringing oppositional ardor to the Georgian society featuring uncensored Utsnobi - the brother of United Opposition leader Levan Gachechiladze who failed to win the last presidential election. As early as on January 20 the producers placed the hot-headed artist inside a cage-cell installed in the studio. Cell № 5 show with its name referring to Mikheil Saakashvili's number in the electoral list is dedicated to the horrors of the ruling regime. Utsnobi goes through the press making live comments, meets like-minded people, and talks to the cameras that record him. He calls one of them "Misha", "asks it to leave, reads verses to it and reveals his sacred dream - to wake up in the morning and not see
Misha any more", - Russian bazaar writes. The singer calls another camera "Vano" by the name of the Interior Minister.
Among the guests of the voluntary prisoner were ombudsman Sozar Subari, ex State Minister Georgy Khaindrava, ex Ambassador to Russia Erosi Kitsmarishvili, politicians, famous actors, other celebrities.
Cell № 5 made Maestro a hit. "I can't recall a similar success - Maestro founder and director general Mamuka Glonti confessed. - I guess the reason is that we discuss things not mentioned in other talk shows. But this is not business for us, it's a protest".
Only in December 2008 the channel owner managed to contest the right to create and broadcast political shows. Initially it was not stipulated in the license issued by the National Communications Commission. But Glonti did it by plunging into long litigations.
Though the opposition is not among TV channel's shareholders its political publicity is the major source of finance. Mamuka Glonti told about it in his interview with Media.ge trying to distance himself from the political struggle: "I want to state once again: Maestro's history has shown the channel has never been in favor of anyone.
Over the recent months we have rejected 12 mln dollars, any other Maestro founder would be having fun in the Canary Islands now but the money is not the main thing to us, all the more that 20 thousand lari were spent on Mrs. Nino Burdzhanadze's advertising time on our channel. By the way Mrs. Eka Beselia and Kakha Kukava's Conservative Party also bought advertising time on our channel.