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The First Caucasian Channel has left the air

2010-06-04 12:19

6127.jpegTbilisi decided to cease the broadcasting of the First Caucasian Channel without waiting for the legal procedure against Eutelsat French company to complete. The Georgian party attributes this decision to the necessity of reorganization. Thus, the TV channel will operate in the Internet format for over a month. It is interesting that another channel of the Georgian Public TV, The First Channel, will also be reorganized together with The First Caucasian Channel. What is the need for such urgent renovation attributed to?


The launching of the First Caucasian Channel and the events that followed in this connection have already provided enough PR to Tbilisi's media project. Well, you bet: the promotion of the broadcaster was supervised by Georgia President Mikhail Saakashvili personally. While congratulating The First Caucasian Channel with being launched, the Georgian leader stated that he was very much satisfied with the appearance of a powerful Russian-language TV channel, as long as, in his opinion, the Russian language is the essential cultural layer in the Caucasus and a tool for conducting a dialogue that should not be lost.

However, in a month, there was no trace of the president's kindness. The Eutelsat French Company ceased broadcasting the channel programs because of the full work load of the W7 satellite and offered Tbilisi another satellite also covering the territory of Georgia and the western part of Russia.

However, Saakashvili suspected Moscow's interference into the whole story. The president regarded the shutdown of The First Caucasian Channel as the Frenchmen's surrender to Gazprom, which is allegedly creating a parallel reality and is blocking "alternative ideas". "The shutdown of the channel is a dangerous precedent of the international political censure", - the Georgian leader underlined then.

Eventually, the Georgian party went as far as the Court of Paris in order to prove its right to broadcast in the North-Caucasian direction. The representatives of the official Tbilisi stated they were reckoning upon the court's determination of "unethical and unacceptable business actions" on the part of the French company and the resumption of the satellite. Otherwise, Georgia was intended to demand a 15-million-euro reimbursement.

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