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Imedi intended to be renamed2009-09-17 16:02
Georgian TV company Imedi [Hope], founded by late tycoon Badri Patarkatsishvili, can be renamed.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The initiative was presented by Georgi Arveladze, the present-day head of the channel, sent to Imedi by the United National Movement, the governing party.
Arveladze wants to change even the logo of the TV company - the VZGLYAD reports citing to Kvela Siakhle [Tbilsi newspaper].
Recently several famed journalists, who started working under Patarkatsishvili, have been fired from Imedi.
Not long before his sudden death in February 2008, the businessman passed the control packet of shares of the TV company to his cousin, the U.S. citizen Joseph Key [Ioseph Kakalashvili].
In November 2008 the American and the Georgian attorneys of Key published copies of the documents on passing the shares. Besides, they presented the copy of agreement between Patarkatsishvili and his spouse Inna Gudavadze, [signed in 1994] in accordance with which she renounces the pretences on husband's property and lives separately.
Gudavadze disagrees and strives to return the channel. Georgian opposition and the tycoon's family believe that Key is a man of straw, serving the government to subdue criticism of the authorities on the channel previously regarded as the most objective one in Georgia.