Channel 9

Georgia’s Ivanishvili explains decision to close Channel 9

By | August 24th, 2013|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says many of Channel 9’s journalists were not professionals. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says journalists and employees of TV9 made a mistake when they closed down the channel immediately after his statement. “Journalists didn’t come to TV9 from BBC and CNN. Many of them weren’t professionals; [they] […]

Several buyers express interest in Channel 9

By | August 20th, 2013|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , |

TV 9 director Luba Eliashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Several persons have already expressed interest in buying Georgia’s Channel 9, which yesterday stopped functioning. The TV station’s director Luba Eliashvili said to employees gathered outside its office building that several persons already have […]

Update: Channel 9 has gone off air from tonight

By | August 20th, 2013|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–TV9, a channel affiliated with Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, went off air on Monday. It had earelier announced that it would close on September 1. The news program at 21:00 was its final broadcast, with News Director Luba Eliashvili saying goodbye […]

Georgia’s Channel 9 goes off air September 1

By | August 19th, 2013|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

Luba Eliashvili, head of Channel 9’s news division. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Channel 9, a TV company affiliated with Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, is to be closed from September 1. Luba Eliashvili, chairman of the TV company’s news division, explained that for the last ten months they have been looking for new owners […]

TV9 becomes general broadcaster

By | November 30th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — A TV company affiliated with the governing Georgian Dream coalition is going to become a general broadcaster. Thursday morning it became known that TV 9 will become a general broadcaster, which means that it will have the right to broadcast […]

Georgian PM proposes controversial TV plan

By | November 26th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili claims he is ready to give his TV channel to Georgian Public Broadcaster or transform it into a public broadcaster. He will even finance it for next 20 years with no strings attached. TV 9 was set up about ten […]

Government-critical TV stations join together

By | July 5th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Two government-critical TV stations in Georgia are to start broadcasting from the same studios. The two are Channel 9, run by associates of Bidzina Ivanishvili, front man of the opposition Georgian Dream coalition, and Maestro TV, a small, […]

Channel 9 defiant after police seize 300 000 sat dishes

By | June 22nd, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Police Thursday night seized 300 000 satellite dishes in several locations around the country. This will prevent a government-critical TV channel from reaching viewers. The sat dishes were meant to let people watch Channel 9, which does not have a […]

Ivanishvili launched nationwide Internet news service

By | June 18th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgian opposition financier Ivanishvili’s Channel 9 has launched an Internet news service, with scores of reporters around the country’s regions. As less than four months are left until a decisive parliamentary election, the main opposition bloc […]

Ivanishvili distributor physically attacked by Saakashvili official

By | June 17th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The opposition financier Bidzina Ivanishvili’s TV station was subject to further difficulties Saturday as his distributor was physically attacked by a government employee. Global TV, which is the only cable company currently carrying Ivanishvili’s […]

Legitimacy of Georgian election may be questioned

By | June 13th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – A democracy campaign in Georgia says recent developments may put in doubt the legitimacy of the whole election if the Saakashvili regime does not take immediate measures. The campaigners are particularly alarmed by the recent […]

Ivanishvili’s Channel 9 struggling with distribution

By | June 12th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The owner of TV and radio distributor Stereo+ says it has lost all its clients after signing a contract with Ivanishvili affiliated Channel 9 a month ago. Davit Zilpimiani, who started and owns Stereo+, says this and another company he runs have […]

Georgian TV channel off air, campaigners concerned

By | June 9th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – A democracy campaign in Georgia expresses concern about the order to switch off Channel 9, a TV station owned by Bidzina Ivanishvili’s wife. The campaign This Affects You Too is also concerned about the switching off of radios in minibuses in Tbilisi […]

Ivanishvili’s TV channel ordered off air

By | June 8th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – A regulatory body in Georgia has decided that a TV station belonging to associates of the opposition billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili must go off air. Channel 9 was started only months ago, as a competitor to the strongly pro-government TV […]

Global TV: Freedom of Speech under Attack

By | May 28th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

Global TV is a cable operator that provides services to its subscribers in Tbilisi and some other regions of Georgia. The company also owns a satellite broadcasting license which allows it to broadcast its signal by way of satellite. Before 2012, Global TV had a […]

Another TV channel taken over in Georgia

By | May 23rd, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – A small TV station in Georgia has been taken over, in the latest of a series of disputes within media in the country. A few days ago, Davit Zilpimian reported that the property of Pirveli Stereo and Stereo Plus, a TV channel he established, had […]

Channel 9 buys stake in local TV

By | May 17th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The recently founded Channel 9 TV, which is affiliated with Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream party, has bought a ten percent share in a popular regional television station, TV Trialeti, for one million dollars. Channel 9 Director Kakha Bekauri […]