Georgia’s main regulatory authority for radio and television says preference in the granting of broadcast licenses will be given to applicants that seek to entertain, rather than inform. Some observers in Tbilisi see the announcement as a government attempt to manipulate upcoming presidential and legislative elections.
The Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) announced its new policy on April 18, basing its decision on public opinion surveys conducted over the past two years by BCG Research, a local Georgian polling company. BCG also has acted as a pollster for President Mikheil Saakashvili’s governing United National Movement. Data provided by the GNCC showed that 28.5 percent of 3,000 citizens who participated in face-to-face interviews felt there was a “deficit” of music programming -- compared to just 10.5 percent who complained about a lack of public affairs programming and 11.3 percent who believed there was not enough news on radio and television.
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Molly Corso is a freelance reporter based in Tbilisi.