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First Caucasian Information Channel to give up politics

2011-01-13 16:29

12258.jpegCofounder and head of the First Caucasian Information satellite TV channel information service Ekaterina Kotrikadze has stated that the company is going to give up the openly political element of the broadcasts.


According to Commersant FM, Kotrikadze underlined that the management gave up the attempts to make the channel politically loaded. "It will be a channel that will cover all the events from all sides the way we were taught as journalists in our institutions. We are planning to always present two or three viewpoints with the main focus on the North Caucasus. We want to destroy the information vacuum we can see in the North Caucasus; we want to discuss what's going on there on a larger and more objective scale", - she underlined.

Let us remind you that the First Caucasian Information TV channel is a modernized version of the First Caucasian Channel. As was reported earlier, Georgian budget implies the allocation of about 7,6 million dollars for its support until the end of 2010.

In due time, the decision of the country's authorities attracted fierce criticism from the opposition. Chairman of the CDM fraction Georgy Akhvlediani said he did not understand what such big money was allocated for.

In his turn, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia Papuna Petriashvili underlined that such sponsorship will enable to resume the channel operation.

Let us remind you that the Russian-language First Caucasian Channel started broadcasting via the Internet on 4 January 2010; later on, it became available though a satellite. The major part of releases is dedicated to Georgia, while the remaining part comprises news from Russia (North Caucasus, in particular) and the rest of the world.

The First Caucasian channel was established on the basis of the Public Georgian Television. According to the Georgia's idea, the principle audience was to include the residents of the North-Caucasian republics.
The programs on the First Caucasian channel were hosted by the widow of the former president of Chechnya Alla Dudayeva and head of the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations Oleg Panfilov who has got a Georgian citizenship and is characterized by the media as one of the most active participants of Georgian "special propaganda" among the Russian audience.

On January 23, the broadcasting of the First Caucasian channel via the W7 satellite was suspended and the Georgian side received an offer to continue broadcasting its programs via the W2A satellite. In their turn, channel managers filed a lawsuit demanding to resume the broadcasting at the frequency specified in the contract but failed.

It should also be noted that the right of managing the First Caucasian channel was transferred to the Key 1 British private company.

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