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Georgian Media Partnership Program Launches the First Partnership

Published: March 29, 2011 | 2:51 pm
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Georgian Media Partnership Program (GMPP) has launched the first partnership visit in Gurjaani TV, Gurjaani, Georgia.  General Manager and the Head of the News Department of the WDRB (Fox41) Kentucky, Louisville, Bill Lamb and Barry Falmer spent a week in Grujaani TV to conduct intensive consultations and trainings.  On March 23 the US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Kent Logsdon visited Gurjaani TV to tour the station, meet with staff and consultants.

Gurjaani TV was partnered with the WDRB (Fox41) within the framework of GMPP to form strong collegial and lasting professional relationships via exchanges, individual consultations and the sharing of best practices. As a result of the first consultation visit Gurjaani TV management and staff were able to raise the professionalism as well as introduce a new product “point of view” to the audience and diversify the news programs. There will be total of four reciprocal partnership visits held between the TV stations. In summer representatives from Gurjaani TV will also visit their partner TV station for intensive hands-on consultations in the United States. As a result of this partnership Gurjaani TV will strengthen as business and as sustainable news organization, improve the journalism, marketing, sales and management skills.

The Georgian Media Partnership Program, funded by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy and implemented by IREX, aims to promote freedom and independence of the media through support for the professional growth of Georgian regional TV stations. In December 2010, GMPP held a nationwide contest for Georgian regional broadcasters to participate in the partnership program.   Channel 25 and Gurjaani TV were selected as a result of the intensive competition.



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