on editorial policies of the TV news programs was released. Monitoring conducted from 1 to 16 October aimed at depicting
editorial policies of TV channels’ news
programs and creation of the database with the factual evidence necessary for
Study of the TV channels’ news
programs editorial policies is conducted through daily monitoring of their main
prime time news programs, except of week-ends. These programs are: Kurieri,
Rustavi 2 (21:00); Chronika, Imedi (20:00); Moambe, Public Broadcaster (20:00);
Kontakti Rvaze, Maestro (20:00), Fokusi, Tabula (19:00); 20/30, GDS (20:30).
evening news programs for 1-16 October revealed the following tendencies:
terms of reporting on priority topics, news programs of Rustavi 2 and Tabula
were quite similar.
Broadcaster, Maestro and GDS, as well as, partly, Imedi, left out similar
topics from their news programs (see Table 2). For instance, investigation against the
mother of the judge who presided over the Rustavi 2 case, launched two years
after her alleged crime, which caused conflict of interest, was not reported by
any TV channel except Rustavi 2 and Tabula. Conflict of interest in the case of the judge in 7 November
case, which had caused controversy within the Judges Panel itself, was reported
only by Imedi, Rustavi 2 and Tabula. Comments made by the President of Georgia
about Rustavi 2 and media environment during his visit to U.S. were not
reported by Public
Broadcaster, Maestro, Tabula and GDS.
the day of arrest of Tabula editor-in-chief because of her pasting posters
against Gazrpom, Maestro prioritized such issues as political plans of Paata
Burchuladze and Levan Vasadze’s support for MP Soso Jachvliani against the
- It has
been found during the monitoring GDS 20/30 news program left out the issues
representing high interest to the public, which on one hand could be related to
the limited time allocated for the news
format, but on the other hand expresses editorial policy. The least number of issues were left out in
Rustavi 2 news programs. Issues
left out by Tabula included some activities of the government.
stories are focused more on investigations of the cases from the National
Movement’s period in government, than on the current events and daily news. 20/30 often airs such issues as a first top
stories, at the expense of leaving out the current affairs representing public interest. For instance, on the day when Rustavi 2,
Imedi and Tabula reported on the conflict of interest in the case of one of the
judges on 7
November case, 20/30 aired
investigation of the Magnat case as its first story. On 5
October, when there was a protest rally in front of Bidzina Ivanishvili’s
house, they aired investigation of the so called "Kortebi" case and
questioning of Irakli Pirtskhalava as their first story, while the protest
rally did not get into 20/30 at all. On 8 October, unlike other channels, 20/30
did not air shooting in the center of Tbilisi and chose investigation of Imedi
L company ownership issue as its first story.
to GDS, there was also instances when Public Broadcaster aired as its first
story not current news, but older issues. For example, on 5 October, when there was
a rally in front of Bidzina Ivanishvili’s house, Moambe started its evening
newswith two stories about father of Mariam
Makhniashvili (who disappeared in Canada) returning to Georgia after having
been freed from jail, and his future plans.
GDS editorial policy is focused on the cases connected to the previous
government, Rustavi 2 and Tabula air more critical stories about the current
of the government by the local NGOs were mainly aired in the prime time news of
Rustavi 2, and, partly, Imedi. At the same time, Rustavi 2 also
systematically reported various activities of the government, though
prioritizing issues connected to criticism. Other channels either did not report, or
lightly covered criticism by international experts and institutions regarding
the domestic affairs in Georgia. Criticism by Rustavi 2 included such
issues as the video depicting Bidzina Ivanishvili’s relative illegally using
special permits issues by MIA; suspicious circumstances regarding
investigation of the death of Rustavi 2’s former owner Erosi Kitsmarishvili;investigation against mother
of judge Urtmelidze, launched two years after the alleged crime; the story
about Akhmed Chataev, freed by Georgian court in 2012, being included into the
U.S. terrorist list.
stories regarding specific individuals and institutions, about bonuses,
corruption and property controversies were aired by Maestro and Imedi as well.
of the report is available at: http://bit.ly/1SXwiFX
The report is
issued within the project supported by the National Endowment for Democracy – NED.