TBILISI, DFWatch — Another pro-government television station has been sold in the wake of the parliamentary election in Georgia: Real TV.
Real TV, which was a competitor to Rustavi 2 and Imedi TV, and contained pro-government news, shortly after election day was reported to be in a financial crisis, but representatives of the channel for a few days denied this and claimed that the channel was in the process of shifting to a different type of broadcasting.
Wednesday evening it became known that Lia Dolidze, the 100 percent shareholder of Real TV, had sold all her shares to the businessman Lali Egadze for 30 000 lari, USD 18 000. Before selling Dolidze had fired the entire staff because she didn’t have the money to pay their salaries anymore.
Interpressnews quotes Lali Egadze saying that the new company will take responsibility for paying outstanding salaries to former employees. She will soon make a statement about the future of the channel.
Real TV is not the only channel experiencing problems after the election. It’s former competitor Imedi TV is in the process of being handed back to its old owner’s family, while several of the owners of Rustavi 2 have started fighting to regain control.
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