Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–The 27 candidates for the Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will be interviewed live on GPB’s Channel 2 Wednesday and Thursday.

After going through a round of interviews, a shortlist of 15 candidates will be sent to parliament, which will then have to choose five people to fill the five empty seats on the board.

Who shall control GPB has long been a contentious issue, as attempts are made to make it neutral in a media landscape for years characterized by fervently politicized television.

Parliament has several times failed to select new members for the GPB board. Only four members out of nine have been approved.

A new competition was announced March 11 and the competition commission met on March 31 to select 27 candidates.