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05.10.2011 17:29

US Television

David Mchedlidze

We have arrived from the United States. A team manned with five journalists was visiting Saint Paul in Minnesota for ten days. Have already told you several stories about our visit but there is still a lot left to tell. Now I am going to tell you about US-based private and public TV channels. On one of the days during our stay we were taken to the Minnesota private TV company KSTP-TV. The TV company is the ABC affiliate. Local news takes up 10 hours of airtime. World news is rebroadcast through ABC network. 115 people are working in the newsroom, in total the company staff amounts to 300 employees. In addition to news the company produces entertainment programs. John Mason, news programs deputy editor is hosting us at the television. At the beginning we are visiting the news studio. The newscast is entitled Eyewitness News. The studio is equipped with up-to-date equipments. There are several corners arranged within the studio, one of the corners is dedicated to weather forecast. For Americans weather forecast is very important, televisions frequently provide weather news on a daily basis. John is introducing the program presenters. We pose questions, we are being warned they have little time, they are to start interview very soon. I show concern into the coverage of Georgian-Russian war. The presenter says in 2008 the topic was totally undertaken by ABC population in Minnesota learned Georgian news from world news. John is frankly telling me that our war was concerned about our war for just two days, and that was too much, since at the time the local pre-election news was being on. We take photos with the presenters and move to the entertainment programs production studio being nicely designed. Natural decorations prevail here, we have lots of questions to ask but we are taking our host's precious time and we politely say good-bye to one another.

Public Television

Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) - the name derives from the coverage area which includes two big cities in Minnesota such as Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The channel receives 10 percent of revenue from the budget, the remaining part is being filled up through donations and charity, the law prohibits the ad placement on the channel. The TV programming essentially includes entertainment and political talk shows.  One of the most popular and old programs is Almanac. The running time of the program is one hour. The program which is made up of several rubrics covers news, politics and culture. We too were invited to the live show. The group facilitator Natia Kaladze was apportioned around ten minutes. She talked about our visit. Georgian journalists, she said, were concerned into the current situation in US media, its development, freedom of speech-related issues, local government and self-government as well as political and elections systems. Natia was a little bit excited but she did well nevertheless. The public television, compared with the private one, was technically less trendy. Its pavilions are similar to the ones in our Public Broadcasting, the only difference is that there are no commercials, hence private and public channels are not being considered as one another's contesters.







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