Imedi TV will resume its news programming on September 1, it has said in a televised announcement. Imedi TV resumed partial broadcasts in early May, but without news coverage; movies and TV series are its output at present.
The Imedi media holding, including both a TV and radio station is now owned by Joseph Kay, a distant relative of late tycoon Badri Patarkatsishvili, who took over the holding in a controversial deal after Patarkatsishvili’s death in February, 2008. The Georgian daily, Rezonansi, wrote on August 30, that the senior management of Imedi TV – in charge of news and political programming - is now composed of people with close links with the authorities. It also noted sarcastically that Imedi TV might become a “Rustavi 3” – a reference to Rustavi 2 TV, which is a private television station, but regarded as the government’s mouthpiece.