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First Caucasian stopped broadcasting2010-06-02 16:01
Since June 2nd the broadcasting of the First Caucasian [Perviy Kavkazskiy] TV channel, working in Georgia, airing in Russian language, has been temporarily stopped.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Khatuna Saginadze, the TV company spokesperson, said it was connected with reorganization of the channel and technical re-equipment. The broadcasting can be resumed in autumn- Pirveli.
On July 12th the Commerce Court of Paris will make a verdict on the claim of the TV channel against Eutelsat [French company], which had disconnected it from the satellite in end January.
Previously Georgian mass media explained in case the channel would be allowed to use the satellite again, the material damage would amount EUR 2.5 mln; if not - EUR 15 mln.
The First Channel [broadcasting in Russian] started its work in Internet on January 4th, later it became available via satellite. Most part of information messages is devoted to Georgia, the rest - to news from Russia [in particular, North Caucasus] and the entire world.
The channel is based on the Public Broadcaster of Georgia. According to the idea of the Georgian side, the main audience must be national minorities in North Caucasus, the channel was available in all its regions. Among hosts and anchors of the programs there were Alla Dudayeva, the widow of ex-president of Chechnya; and Oleg Panfilov, the head of centre of extreme journalism, a citizen of Georgia and one of the most active participants of Georgian "special propaganda" on Russia, as mass media call him.