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Georgia’s ex Ambassador to RF to take control of Maestro TV2009-11-13 12:12
Maestro, Georgia's independent cable TV channel goes under control of Rustavi-2's ex CEO, Georgia's ex Ambassador to Russia Erosi Kitsmarishvili.gt-en-newsitem-inside
It was stated at today's press conference by the TV company's CEO Mamuka Glonti, RIA Novosti reports.
"We, Maestro founders, decided to transfer control of Maestro TV company to Erosi Kitsmarishvili with the right to manage the TV company for three years and the right for one-year extension", - he informed.
According to Glonti the contract shall provide for protection of editorial independence and freedom of journalists. As Kitsmarishvili remarked, the TV company employees are real heroes since they continue their work in spite of "heaviest pressure".
He disproved information on the sale of the TV company highlighting the channel will preserve its independence. He also denied appearance of "old faces" on the channel.
"We'll do our best for the channel to grow and be successful... The TV company will be oriented on projects that are widely present on the market. Most probably the channel will be actively exploiting the chosen niche of objective news", - Kitsmarishvili stated.
The opposition calls Maestro one of the two unbiased TV companies whose broadcasting zone covers only the capital and a number of other towns of Georgia. The authorities call this channel opposition-oriented which is categorically contradicted by the channel's founders who claim the channel occupies "a critical niche". In early July Maestro TV that had been pressing for satellite broadcasting for many months eventually was granted the license, but due to technical reasons it hasn't been able to use it yet. The country-wide broadcast was expected to start on October 1.
De jure Maestro has four founders but in reality they are ten (Glonti's friends, as he says). They are bound by a verbal agreement and have 10% shares each.