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First Caucasian negotiating with an American satellite company2010-02-04 13:01
First Caucasian channel, disconnected from French satellite, is now negotiating with Hotbird [U.S] on broadcasting via their satellite.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Zurab Dvali, one of the channel heads, said there are other proposals, and the Georgian side will make a decision depending on price, but will surely "return to satellite". The Georgian side has already sued the French company Eutelsat for disconnection.
The Public TV of Georgia was also deprived of satellite service. Representatives of the Public Broadcaster of Georgia said the French side, perhaps, made its decision under pressure of Russia.
This Russian-language channel was established on the base of the Public TV of Georgia in early 2010. It was oriented on the national minorities of North Caucasus. The anchorpeople must be Alla Dudayeva, the widow of ex-president of Chechnya, and Oleg Panfilov, the head of the Centre of Extreme Journalism, citizen of Georgia, called one of the most active participants of Georgian "special propaganda" for Russian audience.
In end January the channel was disconnected from the French satellite.
According to PTV of Georgia, Eutelsat changed terms of contract without warning and made it inadmissible for the Georgian side. Now the First Caucasian is available only via Internet and cables of Georgia.
Managers of the PTV and Fist Caucasian arrived in Paris to learn the reasons of changed terms.
Management of the Public Broadcaster saw political reasons for that and starts a lawsuit.