TV station makes sensational news!!!!!!!!!!!

A man named Erosi owned a TV station called Rustavi2

Rustavi2 supported Misha Saakashvili and facilitated the Rose Revolution in 2004.

Rustavi2 continues to support Saakashvili and his political party.

Erosi later sold Rustavi2.

After selling Rustavi2, Erosi created a management company.

Maestro is a TV/radio station that supports the opposition party

Maestro’s owners hired Erosi’s management company to manage the broadcasting company.

Erosi hired Maestro’s owners to fill top-level jobs at the TV station.

Maestro got into financial trouble.

Erosi gave/loaned Maestro money, perhaps $4.5 million.

Billionaire and potential presidential candidate Ivanishvili wants to buy an opposition TV/radio station.

Ivanishvili probably wants to buy Maestro to function as his mouthpiece during his campaign for president .

The owners of Maestro probably want to sell to Ivanishvili.

The owners probably cut out Erosi from any deal with Ivanishvili.

Erosi says, wait, what about me? I put $4.5 million into Maestro and I paid the owners’ salaries.

Erosi fires owners from their top-level jobs at Maestro!

Erosi finds Maestro’s doors locked; he jumps fence and “invades” the TV station!

Erosi locks himself in a studio with the TV control room on the first floor!

TV station suspends TV broadcasting!

One of the station owners, Glonti, locks himself in a room on the second floor; fears eviction!

50 police arrive to prevent fight!

Journalists locked out of their TV station!

Standoff continues for second day!

TV operating under “emergency regime!”

All of Tbilisi waits as Erosi remains on first floor; Glonti remains on second floor.

Stay tuned!


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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