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Ministry of Finance is checking local TV companies2012-11-28 13:06
Finance Minister of Georgia Nodar Khaduri has stated he had instructed the Revenue Service to check the leading Georgian TV companies, which had previously written off tax debts to the budget, the News-Georgia reported.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"According to the decision of the former Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili, we have written off tens of millions of lari tax debt of the Georgian TV channels. "Rustavi-2", in particular, has written off 20 million lari (about $ 12 million.) We are interested in the reason of such actions, while the other channels have been fined because of non-payment of two lari ($ 1.5)", Khaduri tild reporters on Tuesday.
Earlier the Revenue Service conducted an audit of the Georgian Public Television (GPT) on the basis of the accumulated debt. The Minister then said that the previous government "had no time" to write off the debt of the GPT, unlike a number of other broadcasters. As a result of the audit the MPs of the "United National Movement" declared protest and did not appear in the parliament for five days. They called the actions of the Financial Ministry the pressure on the GPT with a purpose to connect it to the TV channel pf the Prime Minister's wife "TV-9".
Recall, in mid-November, the Television Company PIK, in the management of which is the third channel of the public broadcaster, got a new owner. The deal was arranged on October 29. The LLC "Shvisea", established a few days before that, and the founder and director of which is a Lithuanian-born Darius Jurgelevicius, has acquired the controlling interest of the company.