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Compiled by Eter Tsotniashvili
Monday, July 28
“GPB will reduce its news coverage”

Alia reports that the state-financed Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) is planning to cut back on its news coverage:

“GPB is going to reduce its [daily] news programs from four to three by fall.

According to newly-appointed head of GPB’s supervisory board Levan Gakheladze the reason is objective reality.

‘Georgia is a small country and there is not so much news happening to air it every hour,’ Gakheladze said.

Currently GPB has news programs four times a day: at 12:00, 15:00, 18:00 and 20:00. Previously the TV channel had news programs every hour.

Gakheladze also said the TV channel plans to produce new current events talk shows and investigative programs dedicated to human rights [issues].”

“Private hotels near dinosaurs”

Sakartvelos Respublika reports on the government’s plan to turn the saurian caves of Sataplia, near the city of Kutaisi, into a tourist attraction: “Minister of Environment Irakli Ghvaladze visited Sataplia cave.

The cave where dinosaur footprints are preserved will be repaired according to European standards.

Local residents will be able to open private hotels and cafes.

According to Ghvaladze, the number of tourists visiting Sataplia tripled this year over the previous year. The environment minister said that about 10 000 tourists visited Sataplia last year, and that there were more than 30 000 tourists in Sataplia this year.”

“Gurulebi have a tea factory”

Alia writes on the opening of a tea factory in the western province of Guria (home to Gurulebi):

“Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili attended the tea factory’s opening in Ozurgeti. According to him, factories like this should be in every region.

‘During my presidency many this kinds of factories were opened, and many more will open in the future,’ he said.

Saakashvili said the main priority of the government is to make jobs for people.

The modern tea factory was financed by construction company Geoplant which made an investment of about GEL 2 million. The factory is equipped with modern Chinese, Indian and Japanese equipment [and has employed] 400 people.”