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2008: Media Sustainability Index – Georgia Review

Country average score: 2.07
Free Speech: 2.16, Professional Journalism: 2.11,
Plurality Of News Sources:2.09, Business Management: 1.77
Supporting Institutions: 2.23
MSI: Near Unsustainable

  • Number of active print outlets, radio stations, television stations: 83 newspapers, 28 radio, 37 television (www.media.ge)
  • Newspaper circulation statistics: Kviris Palitra (50,000 weekly circulation), Rezonansi (42,000 weekly circulation), 24 Saati (35,000 weekly circulation) (Sources: individual newspaper claims)
  • Broadcast ratings: highest rated television outlets in Tbilisi: Imedi (29.54%), Rustavi2 (27.42%), Mze (5.30%) (TV MR GE, Licensee of AGB Nielsen Media Research, January 2008
  • News agencies: AP Bureau, Reuters Bureau, Black Sea Press, Novosti Gruzia, Sarke, Interpressnews, Infozavri, Iprinda, Kavkazpress, Media News, Prime News, Prime News Business, GBC News, GHN, France Press (www.yellowpages.ge)
  • Annual advertising revenue in media sector: For TV, approximately $25 million (unknown for print and radio) (TV MR GE, Licensee of AGB Nielsen Media Research)

Internet usage: 332,000 (2006 est., CIA World Factbook)

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2006-2007: Media Sustainability Index – Georgia Review

Country average score: 2.4
Free Speech: 2.73, Professional Journalism: 2.09,
Plurality Of News Sources:2.62, Business Management:2.14
Supporting Institutions: 2.42
MSI: Near Unsustainable
MSI: Unsustainable Mixed System

  • Number of active print outlets, radio stations, television stations:
    82 licenses awarded (GNCC): 68 for general broadcasting (39 television, 25 radio, 2 radio and television, 2 unidentified); 14 for specialized broadcasting (5 television, 8 radio, 1 television and radio)
    According to the electronic portal, Media.ge, 120 newspapers are published in Georgia.
  • Newspaper circulation statistics (total circulation and circulation of largest paper):
    Kviris Palitra (weekly, Tbilsi): approximate weekly circulation: 50,000–60,000 (Information provided by the newspaper.) Rezonansi (daily, Tbilisi): approximate daily circulation: 5,000–7,000; Tuesday insert Mteli Kvira (whole week): approximate circulation: 6,000; Sunday insert Basta (entertainment): approximate circulation: 4,000 (Information provided by the newspaper.) 24 Saati (daily, Tbilisi): approximate daily circulation: 4,700–4,800 on Mondays; 4,000–4,200 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; 5,500 on Saturday (Information provided by the newspaper.)
  • Broadcast ratings (top three ranked stations):
    TV MR GE, Licensee of AGB Nielsen Media Research, December 2006: Tbilisi share of television audience: Rustavi 2: 5.51%; Imedi: 4.12%; Public Broadcaster of Georgia: 1.06%, Region’s share of television audience:  Imedi: 5.97%; Rustavi 2: 5.15%; Public Broadcaster of Georgia: 0.93%, Tbilisi and Regions share of television audience: Rustavi 2: 5.38%; Imedi: 4.77%; Public Broadcaster of Georgia: 1.02%
  • News agencies:
    AP Bureau, Reuters Bureau, Black Sea Press, Novosti Gruzia, Sarke, Interpressnews, Infozavri, Iprinda, Kavkazpress, Media News, Prime News, Prime News Business (business news), GBC News (economy, business), GHN (Georgian Hot News), France Press (local representative) (www. yellowpages.ge)
  • Annual advertising revenue in media sector:
    According to TV, television advertising market reached approximately $13 million in 2006. Estimations for 2007 are $16–17 million. (MR GE, Licensee of AGB Nielsen Media Research)
  • Number of Internet users:
    175,600 (2005) CIA World Factbook

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2005: Media Sustainability Index – Georgia Review

Country average score: 2.23
Free Speech: 2.31, Professional Journalism: 2.12,
Plurality Of News Sources:2.23, Business Management: 1.94
Supporting Institutions: 2.55
MSI: Near Unsustainable

  • Newspaper circulation statistics (total circulation and largest paper):
    Kviris Palitra (weekly, Tbilisi); circulation 75,000 (information provided by the newspaper; Alia (three times a week, Tbilisi); circulation 12,000 (information provided by the newspaper); GORBI Circulation Data, May 2005; Akhali Versia (three times a week, Tbilisi); circulation 6,000 ; Rezonansi (daily, Tbilisi); circulation 6, ; P.S. (weekly, Kutaisi); circulation 5,000 ; Guria News (twice a week, Chokhatauri); circulation 4,500 ; 24 Saati (daily, Tbilisi); circulation 4,500
  • Broadcast ratings (top three ranked stations):
    AGB Nielsen Media Research Georgia, September; Tbilisi: Rustavi 2 4.79%, Imedi 2.92%, Public Service Broadcaster, Channel 1 0.96% ; Regions: Imedi 4.82%, Rustavi 2 3.71%, Public Service Broadcaster, Channel 1 1.16% ; Tbilisi and Regions: Rustavi 2 4.41%, Imedi 3.58%, Public Service Broadcaster, Channel 1 1.03%
  • Number of print outlets, radio stations, television stations: NA
  • Annual advertising revenue in media sector:
    Television advertising market is expected to reach $9 million in 2005. AGB Nielsen Media Research Georgia, July 2005 est.
  • Number of Internet users:
    150,500 (2003) CIA World Factbook   News agencies: AP Bureau, Reuters Bureau, Black Sea Press, Novosti Gruzia, Sarke, GT News (Media Holding Georgian Times), I-Media, Interpressnews, Infozavri, Iprinda, Kavkazpress, Media News, Prime News, GHN (Georgian Hot News) http://www.yellowpages.ge

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