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TV channel 25

TV Channel 25 was founded in Batumi in June 1993 and it provides information to the Adjarian population. The TV channel owns private/general broadcasting license and it covers Batumi, Kobuleti, Khelvachauri, a part of Ozurgeti district and the coastal line from Sarpi to Poti.  

Presently, the TV channel is owned by Giorgi Surmanidze (49%) and Malkhaz Verdzadze (51%). The channel has changed hands for several times. In 2000, Mikheil Gagoshidze became the owner of shares belonging to Giorgi Surmanidze (51%) and Malkhaz Verdzadze (24%). Since May 2004 Mikheil Verdzadze is no more listed among the founders and again Giorgi Surmanidze and Malkhaz Verdzadze became owners of 75% of shares. According to the information posted on the channel’s website, the mentioned changes were related to the government. “On February 19, 2000, security officers coerced the TV channel’s management to give up their shares, as a result of which the TV channel was transferred to the ownership of Adjarian leader, Aslan Abashidze.”

Next changes in ownership were made in February 2012 as a result of which the TV channel became owned by Levan Kardava (50%) and Jemal Verdzadze (50%). Levan Kardava was elected a majoritarian MP from the Tsalenjikha single mandate constituency during the 2012 parliamentary elections and he is now a majoritarian MP from the United National Movement parliamentary faction.

In October 2012, Jemal Verdzadze became a 100% owner of the TV channel; in November 2012, Giorgi Surmanidze became owner of 49% of shares with the remaining shares belonging to Jemal Verdzadze. In January 2014, the TV channel’s owners made a statement, claiming that they were pressured by the prosecutor’s office during questioning to admit that they were coerced into giving up their shares after direct interference of top officials from the previous authorities. The Georgian Public Defender and a group of non-governmental organizations demanded the government to investigate the claims of the media owners. 

September 21, 2016 - Jemal Verdzadze 51%, Giorgi Surmanidze 49%

November 13, 2012 - Present - Jemal Verdzadze 51%, Giorgi Surmanidze 49%

October 30, 2012 - Jemal Verdzadze 100%

February 24, 2012 - Levan Kardava 50%, Jemal Verdzadze 50%

May 11, 2004 - Giorgi Surmanidze 51%, Malkhaz Verdzadze 24%, Merab merkviladze 25%

March 28, 2000 - Mikheil Gagoshidze 51%, Merab Merkviladze 25%, Malkhaz Verdzadze 24%,

March 16, 2000 - Mikheil Gagoshidze 75%, Merab Merkviladze 25%

1998 - Giorgi Surmanidze 51%, Malkhaz Verdzadze 24%, Merab Merkviladze 25%

1996-1998 - Giorgi Surmanidze 25%, Malkhaz Verdzadze 25%, Emzar Chkhartishvili 25%, Merab Merkviladze 25%

YearTotal commercial income GNCC dataPublic Funds
2017347 327 GEL10 120 GEL (as of November 15)
2016663 096 GEL 
2015761 990 GEL3 048 GEL