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Georgian TV Company "Imedi" returned to the family Patarkatsishvili2012-10-17 13:07
Georgian TV Company "Imedi", established in the early 2000s, was returned to the property of the family of the deceased opposition tycoon Badri Patarkatsishvili, the Interfax reported.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The family's statement was announced by the very TV Company. According to the statement, relatives of Patarkatsishvili have achieved agreement with the current owner of the TV Company - Georgia Media Production Group.
"We are pleased with the agreement achieved with the current owners of the TV Company "Imedi" and their decision on the transfer of our company. The transfer process begins today. We are going to make every effort to make the channel highly professional and objective", said in the statement of the family Patarkatsishvili.
As recalled by the VZGLIAD, TV Company "Imedi" was founded by the billionaire Patarkatsishvili and at one time it was the leading opposition TV channel in Georgia. In 2007, after entering the politics, he handed shares of the "Imedi" in the management of the News Corporation of Rupert Murdoch. In November 2007, after the crackdown of protests in Tbilisi, riot police stormed the TV Company, after which it temporarily stopped broadcasting.
Patarkatsishvili died in February 2008 in London from a heart attack. After his death, it was expected that "Imedi" would be under the control of his widow Inna Gudavadze. However, half-brother of the deceased, the U.S. citizen Joseph Key unexpectedly claimed the rights to the TV Company, after which as a result of various transactions TV Company came under the control of Georgia Media Production Group.