11-17 April Kvela Siakhle newspaper (All the News) issue attempted to find out who stands behind the Black Sea Sat Company.
The article reads that after Global TV signed a contract with the 9th Channel, other Georgian channels –Rustavi 2, Imedi TV, Mze and Sakartvelo annulled contracts with the Company. Imedi TV Director Giorgi Arveladze claimed the reason was start of cooperation with a new cable company.
“The given new company appeared to beBlack SeaSat, which, at the moment when Arveladze made the aforementioned statement, has not even gone through cable broadcasting authorization process,” the article reads.
The article also says that the 9th Channel will broadcast in regions via Global TV satellite antennas; company owned by Alexandre Ivanishvili, brother of billionaire politician Bidzina Ivanishvili.
In an interview with Akhali Versia, Zurab Bazlidze, Global TV Marketing and Development Director said that Cost of the satellite antenna is GEL 120-140, although it is planned to have leasing contracts with subscribers for 10 years. As for the first year, coinciding with the pre-election period, the subscribers will be using Global TV services free-of-charge.
Kvela Siakhle reports thatBlack SeaSat (Mediacation) was founded in March 2011. Mamuka Tskhitishvili is the Director and holder of 5% of the Company shares. 70% of the Company shares is in ownership of Black Sea Group LLC and the rest of the shares are divided as follows: Giorgi Abushvili – 10%, Tamar Grdzelishvili – 10%, Levan Giorgadze 5%.
According to Media.ge Giorgi Kalanadze owner of 25% of the Black Sea Group shares also owns 50% ofBlack Sea Road (other 50% owner – Amiran Mamuchadze). Black Sea Group and its subcontractor companies conduct road construction projects in Georgia.