Category Archives: IREX

2011: Media Sustainability Index – Georgia Review

Country average score: 1.85
Free Speech: 2.07, Professional Journalism: 1.80,
Plurality Of News Sources: 1.85, Business Management: 1.47
Supporting Institutions: 2.07
MSI: Unsustainable Mixed System

  • Number of print outlets, radio stations, television stations: Print: 73 newspapers, 87 magazines (yellowpages.ge); Broadcast: 47 television broadcasting licenses, 5 special television broadcasting licenses, 4 cable broadcasting licenses, 28 radio broadcasting licenses, 7 special radio broadcasting licenses (Georgian National Communications Commission)
  • Newspaper circulation statistics (total circulation and largest paper): Rezonansi (5,000–7,000 daily), 24 Saati (average 4,200 weekly), Kviris Palitra (45,000–50,000 weekly) (individual newspaper claims)
    Broadcast ratings: Highest rated television outlets in Tbilisi are Rustavi2, 5.04%; Imedi, 3.86%; Channel 1, 1.03% (TV MR GE, Licensee of AGB Nielsen Media Research)
  • Annual advertising revenue in the media sector: For television, approximately $35 million; unknown for print and radio (TV MR GE, Licensee of AGB Nielsen Media Research)
  • News agencies: Black Sea Press, Novosti Gruzia, Sarke, Interpressnews, Iprinda, Itar Tass, Kavkazpress, Media News, Prime News, Prime News Business, Pirveli, Georgian Business Consulting News, Georgian Hot News (www.yellowpages.ge)
  • Internet usage: 1.3 million (CIA World Factbook)

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2010: Media Sustainability Index – Georgia Review

Country average score: 1.82
Free Speech: 2.05, Professional Journalism: 1.62,
Plurality Of News Sources:1.68, Business Management: 1.61
Supporting Institutions: 2.14
MSI: Unsustainable Mixed System

Media-Specific

  • Number of print outlets, radio stations, television stations: Print: 73 newspapers, 87 magazines (yellowpages.ge); Broadcast: 47 television broadcasting licenses, 5 special television broadcasting licenses, 4 cable broadcasting licenses, 28 radio broadcasting licenses, 7 special radio broadcasting licenses (Georgian National Communications Commission)
  • Newspaper circulation statistics (total circulation and largest paper): Rezonansi (5,000-7,000 daily), 24 Saati (average 4,200 weekly), Kviris Palitra (45,000-50,000 weekly) (individual newspaper claims) >>Broadcast ratings: Highest rated television outlets in Tbilisi: Rustavi2, 5.04%; Imedi, 3.86%; Channel 1, 1.03% (TV MR GE, Licensee of AGB Nielsen Media Research)
  • Annual advertising revenue in the media sector: For television, approximately $35 million; unknown for print and radio (TV MR GE, Licensee of AGB Nielsen Media Research)
  • News agencies: AP Bureau, Reuters Bureau, Agence France Presse (representatives), Bloomberg (local representative), Black Sea Press, Novosti Gruzia, Sarke, Interpressnews, Iprinda, Itar Tass, Kavkazpress, Media News, Prime News, Prime News Business, Pirveli, Georgian Business Consulting News, Georgian Hot News (www.yellowpages.ge)
  • Internet usage: Over 1 million users (Georgian National Communications Commission)

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2009: Media Sustainability Index – Georgia Review

Country average score: 1.89
Free Speech: 1.86, Professional Journalism: 1.77,
Plurality Of News Sources:1.91, Business Management: 1.94
Supporting Institutions:1.99
MSI: Unsustainable Mixed System

  • Number of active print outlets, radio stations, television stations: Print: 89 newspapers (61 regional, 28 Tbilisi-based); Radio: 28 (9 regional, 19 Tbilisi-based); Television Stations: 40 (31 regional, 9 Tbilisi-based) (Open Society – Georgia Foundation, Media and Civil Society Program)
  • Newspaper circulation statistics: Rezonansi (30,000 weekly circulation; daily circulation varies from 4,500 to 5,000), 24 Saati (25,000 weekly circulation; daily circulation varies from 4,200 to 5,800) The Kviris Palitra Director General office refused to provide circulation information over the phone. (Sources: individual newspaper claims)
  • Broadcast ratings: highest rated television outlets in Tbilisi: Rustavi 2 – 6.3%, Imedi – 2.2%, Channel 1 – 0.9% (TV MR GE, Licensee of AGB Nielsen Media Research)
  • News agencies: AP Bureau, Reuters Bureau, Agence France Presse (representatives), Bloomberg (local representative), Black Sea Press, Novosti Gruzia, Sarke, Interpressnews, Iprinda, Itar Tass, Kavkazpress, Media News, Prime News, Prime News Business (business news), Pirveli, GBC News (Georgian Business Consulting, Business News-Analytical Agency), GHN (Georgian Hot News) (Source: http://www.yellowpages.ge)
  • Annual advertising revenue in media sector: For television, approximately $35 million (unknown for print and radio) (TV MR GE, Licensee of AGB Nielsen Media Research)
    Internet usage: 360,000 (2007 est., CIA World Factbook)

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