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Rustavi 2 TV Company working in protest regime
Update Time: 2017-02-18 20:25:00
Rustavi 2 TV Company and its web-page are working in protest regime. Broadcasting is stopped and the staff is preparing for a protest to be held in support of Rustavi 2 at central Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi on February 19. Zaal Udumashvili, Deputy General Director of TV Company said that it was not easy to make the decision about protest but TV Company had no other choice. 
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Georgian FM commented on protest broadcasting of Rustavi 2
Publish Time: 2017-02-18 16:41:00
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze commented on launch of protest broadcasting by Rustavi 2 TV Company from Germany where Munich Security Conference is being held. Janelidze said that freedom of media was guaranteed in Georgia. “The case of Rustavi 2 is in court and making ado, attempt of destabilization and causing tension in public are less effective. We should wait for court decision together,” Janelidze said. Rustavi 2 TV Company and its web-page are working in protest regime. Broadcasting is stopped and the staff is preparing for a protest to be held in support of Rustavi 2 at central Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi on February 19. Zaal Udumashvili, Deputy General Director of TV Company said that it was not easy to make the decision about protest but TV Company had no other choice. 
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GPB Board of Trustees to discuss scheme presented management
Update Time: 2017-02-18 12:07:00
Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will discuss the scheme presented by GPB management about how to filter programs, which should remain in GPB broadcast programming or be closed, on February 21. The Executive Council introduced the scheme to members of GPB Board of Trustees on February 17. The Council divided the programs into 3 groups. Members of the council believe that those which are listed in the first and second categories should remain, while those in the 3rd – should not be aired in the future. Fourteen programs, which may be closed include Real Space, Short 20th Century, Vector, Red Zone, Unknown Music and talk-show Main. The main argument for their suspension is low rating. The management says it guided with the evaluation system of specialists when dividing programs into 3 groups. However, some members of the Board disagree with the proposed scheme. They claim that evaluation of programs based only on rating is unacceptable. The Board believes that the activity of the broadcaster should be evaluated based on 4 criteria: share of TV and access, quality, influence and value with respect to expenditure. 
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Thirteen programs of GPB may close
Publish Time: 2017-02-17 20:05:00
Thirteen programs of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) may close. GPB management presented a scheme about how to filter programs, which should remain in GPB broadcast programming or be closed.The Executive Council introduced the scheme to members of GPB Board of Trustees during the sitting today. The Council divided the programs into 3 groups. Members of the council believe that those which are listed in the first and second categories should remain, while those in the 3rd – should not be aired in the future. The 13 programs, which are proposed to be stopped include Real Space, Short 20th Century, Vector, Red Zone, Unknown Music and talk-show Main. The main argument for their suspension is low rating. “We offered the Board to close the programs that have relatively low rating and to address the saved finances at improving the material-technical base,” Director General Vasil Maghlaperidze said. According to him, the Public Broadcaster needs to save money in order to improve material-technical base. “This is a long-term process and requires serious finances. The rating of the channel is conditioned by programs. We have offered the Board to close the programs that have relatively low rating and to address the saved finances at improving the material-technical base. We don’t know any other way of how to save finances”, he said.The management says it guided with the evaluation system of specialists when dividing programs into 3 groups. However, some members of the Board disagree with the proposed scheme. They claim that evaluation of programs based only on rating is unacceptable. The scheme is not final and will be discussed by GPB Board of Trustees. The Board believes that the activity of the broadcaster should be evaluated based on 4 criteria: share of TV and access, quality, influence and value with respect to expenditure. 
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GPB management presents scheme how to filter programs
Publish Time: 2017-02-17 18:05:00
The management of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) presented a scheme about how to filter programs, which should remain in GPB broadcast programming or be stopped.The Executive Council introduced the scheme to members of GPB Board of Trustees during the sitting today. The Council divided the programs into 3 groups. Members of the council believe that those which are listed in the first and second categories should remain, while those in the 3rd – should not be aired in the future. The 14 programs, which are proposed to be stopped include Real Space, Short 20th Century, Vector, Red Zone and talk-show Main. The main argument for their suspension is low rating. “We offered the Board to close the programs that have relatively low rating and to address the saved finances at improving the material-technical base,” Director General Vasil Maghlaperidze said. According to him, the Public Broadcaster needs to save money in order to improve material-technical base. “This is a long-term process and requires serious finances. The rating of the channel is conditioned by programs. We have offered the Board to close the programs that have relatively low rating and to address the saved finances at improving the material-technical base. We don’t know any other way of how to save finances”, he said.Some members of the Board disagree with the proposed scheme. They claim that evaluation of programs based only on rating is unacceptable. The Board believes that the activity of the broadcaster should be evaluated based on 4 criteria: share of TV and access, quality, influence and value with respect to expenditure.
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GPB management presents scheme how to filter programs
Publish Time: 2017-02-17 16:05:00
The management of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) presented a scheme about how to filter programs aired on GPB during the sitting of Board of Trustees today.  Executive Council divided the programs into 3 groups. Members of the council believe that those which are listed in the first and second categories should remain, while those in the 3rd – should not be aired in the future. The decision is not final. Some members of the Board disagree with the proposed scheme. The Board believes that the activity of the broadcaster should be evaluated based on 4 criteria: share of TV and access, quality, influence and value with respect to expenditure.  
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GPB Board of Trustees to hold sitting
Update Time: 2017-02-17 12:07:00
Board of Trustees of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will hold a sitting today. Members of the Board will be introduced to the viewpoints of the GPB management regarding the document, which the board elaborated. The Board believes that the activity of the broadcaster should be evaluated based on 4 criteria: share of TV and access, quality, influence and value with respect to expenditure. 
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Board of Trustees presented vision on evaluation criteria of GPB programs
Update Time: 2017-02-16 15:28:00
Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) has presented a vision on evaluation criteria of GPB programs to the Executive Council of GPB. According to Sulkhan Saladze, one of the members of Board, no particular resistance from the management took place. He said that talks focused on ratings.Management will present its point of view about the document at the session of the Council, which is scheduled for tomorrow.
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GPB Executive Council releases statement
Update Time: 2017-02-15 18:46:00
Executive Council of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) released a statement through which the council thanks the public for interest over the current developments and planned reforms at GPB. The Council calls on the interested persons for being actively involved in public discussions about the development strategy. “We chose the way, which ensures transparency, fairness, consensus and protection of employees’ rights. We believe that the process will be a start of the new stage, which will transform GPB into a media organization oriented on public’s interests, attraction of audience and quality,” reads the statement. Full text of the statement is published on GPB web-page www.1tv.ge.
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Members of GPB Board of Trustees continue holding of meetings with employees
Update Time: 2017-02-15 12:30:00
Members of Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) continue holding of meetings with employees over GPB development plan. The Board is planned to present a document on February 16 where evaluation criteria of GPB programs will be outlined. The document will then be submitted to GPB General Director and Executive Council. 
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Irakli Mamaladze confirms to be witness into Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze’s case
Publish Time: 2017-02-15 10:05:00
Irakli Mamaladze, a member of Sakdrisi Gold Mine Protection Committee confirms that he is a witness into case of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, who is charged of an attempt to poison Georgia’s Patriarch and gave evidence to Chief Prosecutor’s Office. Irakli Mamaladze accused Nodar Meladze, journalist of Rustavi 2 TV Company of violation of journalistic standards and ethnic norms and claimed that the information aired by Rustavi 2 posed a threat to him as being the witness. Irakli Mamaladze said that he gave the information as a source and received the promise to remain as confidential. He said he did not plan to sue the TV Company but demands public apology.
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GPB Management and Board of Trustees continue holding of meetings
Update Time: 2017-02-11 12:08:00
Members of management and Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) continue holding of meetings with employees and various public groups over the issue of the broadcaster’s re-organization and development. Discussions at this stage are being held about criteria based on which programs will be selected. Rating of the programs will be also considered. Non-governmental organizations claim that carrying out of reforms is necessary. However, suspension of political programs and talk-shows is not acceptable. 
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Executive Council of GPB releases statement on fact of intrusion into GPB building
Update Time: 2017-02-10 18:41:00
The Executive Council of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) released a statement regarding the fact of   intrusion into the GPB building.“The participants of the rally intruded into the hall of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) without permission and forcefully appeared in the live air of the First Channel. We assess the fact as interference into journalists’ activities and infringement of activities of Public Broadcaster.The organizers and the participants of the rally are responsible for the violent actions. The fact is a dangerous precedent, alarming signal, which poses a threat to the normal functioning of the Public Broadcaster.We believe that the fact of intrusion should be an issue of active discussions from the public in order to understand the meaning of the incident adequately and prevent further complications.We call on politicians, media experts, representatives of NGOs, journalists, citizens do not encourage violence and distance themselves from aggressive acts", - the statement reads.
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NGO representatives met a new managment of GPB
Publish Time: 2017-02-10 18:05:00
How the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) should be developed and transformed?  A new management of Georgian Public Broadcaster held a meeting with the representatives of the non-governmental organizations.The question-answer format meeting lasted during several hours at the conference hall of GPB.The questions were related to the 3-year action plan of  development and transformation, presented by General Director  as well as developments in GPB and political influences.
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Board of Trustees held a meeting - What should be the criteria for the efficiency of the Public Broadcaster?
Publish Time: 2017-02-10 16:06:00
Members of Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) have held a meet today. Members talked about the decision reached yesterday - how to define criteria of the Public Broadcaster’s efficiency.Members of Board have determined  procedures of the meetings. It was decided that criteria for the effectiveness of Broadcaster and its programs will be determined with involvement of broad public involvement.
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Noise at Parliament - Elene Khoshtaria posted banner in support of media
Publish Time: 2017-02-10 16:04:00
Noise occurred at the plenary session of the Parliament. MP Elene Khoshtaria hanged a banner “Stop Storming Media” at the sitting hall of the Parliament. She resisted to the guards, however she still managed to post a banner.
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Public Defender responds to developments at GPB
Publish Time: 2017-02-10 12:09:00
Georgia’s Public Defender responds to the developments at the Georgian Public Broadcaster. Ucha Nanuashvili talks about necessary of the reforms, however believes that outside persons should refrain from making statements.According to Ombudsman government should not interfere in the process.
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Solidarity rally in the vicinity of Public Broadcaster and inside the building
Update Time: 2017-02-10 12:07:00
The rally which was ongoing in front of the building of Georgian Public Broadcaster relocated inside the building when part of the participants managed to enter the lobby of TV station. The employees and journalists asked protesters to leave the building, however rally participants demanded   live air otherwise refused to leave the building.Solidarity rally was held in support of Georgian Public Broadcaster yesterday. The representatives of Movement Green Fist, Auditorium 115 as well as trade union and participants of the society took part in the action.General Director Vasil Maghlaperidze presented 3-year action plan of GPB’s development and transformation on February 6. Director named temporary suspension of all production and programs on all platforms except News Program as the way of solving the existing crisis.
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Members of Board of Trustees to hold a meeting today
Publish Time: 2017-02-10 10:06:00
Members of Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will hold a meet today. The 3-year action plan of GPB’s development and transformation presented by General Director will be discussed during the meeting.Board members will hold consideration on the criteria, according to which the programs will be assessed.They will have to make a decision in that regard within 5 days. The members explain that no concrete decision will be made during today’s session.One part of the Board members does not support the plan presented by General Director. They are in expectation of the alternative proposals. Board does not exclude to make changes into the reform plan after defining criteria, however they refrain from concretization.General Director Vasil Maghlaperidze presented 3-year action plan of GPB’s development and transformation on February 6. Director named temporary suspension of all production and programs on all platforms except News Program as the way of solving the existing crisis.
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Will GPB’s Development Strategy change?
Publish Time: 2017-02-07 20:05:00
Public discussions in open format will begin over the 3-year action plan of Georgian Public Broadcaster’s (GPB) development and transformation, presented by General Director Vasil Maghlaperidze on February 6, starting this Thursday. Maghlaperidze and members of GPB Board of Trustees will become introduced with the vision of employees and representatives of civil sector. An Initiative Group is established at GPB that will present an alternative version about how to overcome the crisis. Ia Antadze, Advisor of General Director says that if GPB Board of Trustees fully shares the 3-year action plan, mass dismissal of employees will begin but the process will be in compliance with the law. It is not yet known how many employees will have to quit their jobs. The Board of Trustees of GPB today held a working meeting with participation of Maghlaperidze, GPB employees and media experts. All sides have questions to GPB General Director. 
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