“Refuse to comment on? Come on. The report says that the government representative made no comments on this issue with us - how many times can I tell to the audience? "- Replied Irina Kurua the "TV 25" newscast producer to the journalist making a plot in the news program “Matsne” (Messenger).
News is broadcasted five times a day, there is a working environment in the newsroom, and journalists will specify the last details.
"To get a comment from governmental officials is one of the biggest problems for us and as a rule no one comes in contact with our television" - says Kurua.
"This is because, unlike other broadcasters we are not protected from unexpected questions" Kurua said officials did not come to the daily talk show "Dialogue" to discuss an actual topic of the day, which creates problems of balance and diversity of the program.
The history of "TV 25" broadcasting accounts for 19 years and it is possible to watch its broadcasts in Adjara, Guria, Samegrelo. The TV channel is watched as by satellite antenna also by cable network.
We are talking with the Director General of the TV channel Giorgi Surmanidze about the law with the principle to involve Must Carry (It is mandatory for the cable companies to include all stations in the package) in the pre-election period. Giorgi Surmanidze says that this law does not change anything for them, because the cable providers have no problems with inclusion of our channel. "It would be good if we had this law and could broadcast inTbilisi"- Surmanidze said.
According to the research data 2011 carried out by The National Democratic Institute (NDI), "TV 25" is one of the leading regional broadcasters - 75 percent of respondents watch this channel.
News, analysis talk show – “Dialogue”, “talk show” - "Answer to People", where local experts, along with respondents from the region are getting involved by Skype, the medical program, where the doctor answers the questions of audience and a musical show, where viewers select the desired song through SMS-procedures - This program consists of the Channel Schedule.
In investigative program “unknown facts” is broadcasted once in three-weeks: which prevents the problem of finding timely preparation of public information.
"We almost always fail to prepare investigation film in time in three weeks, so films always have a backup", - says the author of the program Jaba Ananidze.
He said that almost all the public information office respond late. "Even the court, which should guarantee to satisfy the claim in case of inadmissibility to information, also delays provision of public information. We are told that they have more important things to do and that they cannot lose time for searching such information”- Ananidze says.
He says that the supply of public information as a rule far exceeds 10 days and is available for the time, when the subject loses its relevance. Investigation films, which are managed to be prepared, need to be changed sometimes.
"We had, for example, a program called “Beach Thieves”, revealing the company “New Energy” illegally taking sand from the beach. After covering this subject Legal Environment Inspection said that had not been informed about these facts and the result was that this company did not work on the beach. However, whether or not the company had been punished in any way is unknown” - said Ananidze.
Lack of professional staff is one problem of the TV channel. “When the journalists come to us, few months are needed to train to make them able to work here” – said the director of the channel and that channel functioning is complicated by the limited funds – “Some of our resources do not exist, for example, we are unable to do investigative reporting". The channel gets income from grants and advertising.
Irina Kurua producing the news program "Dialogue" who also works as an anchorwoman said that the reason she does not plan to stay in journalism is the low income. “The situation is particularly severe in the regions. Age and growth, together with the family, you need more income, which is impossible through working in this field”, - said Kurua, who plans to continue education in international relations.
Channel plans for the pre-election period and is connected with moving to digital broadcasting. From the end of August, all the political parties will be able to participate in the debates on the channel.
"We collect money to buy equipment for Digital Broadcasting since we cannot cover such amounts at once” - said Surmanidze.
George Surmanidze is the owner of 50 percent of "TV 25". The company's founders Merab Merkviladze and Malkhaz Verdzadze own 25-25 percent of the company.