NATO-Georgia relations, David Gareja issue, critical evaluation to Bidzina Ivanishvili’s activities and conflict among the First Stereo owners are the topics most intensively covered by Georgian televisions within the period of May 11-24, reads the summary survey carried out by the Civic Development Institute (CDI).
The survey entitled the Conformity of News Priorities for TV Companies and Public in the Pre-election Period involves monitoring on main news programs on seven TV companies including GPB, Rustavi 2, Imedi, Real TV, Maestro, Kavksia, Channel 9.
The survey points out that it’s the first time, within four two-week periods, four top priority issues have been observed (there were just 2 or 3 in the previous periods). Like in previous reports the top priority topic – NATO-Georgia relations - coincided in case of three televisions including Georgian Public Broadcasting (GPB), Imedi and Rustavi 2. Another top priority topic – David Gareja issue – coincided in case of Maestro and Channel 9. Real TV and Kavkasia have different priority topics – Real TV and Kavkasia dedicated most of its attention to critical evaluations to the billionaire-turned-politician Bidzina Ivanishvili’s activities and conflict among First Stereo owners respectively.
In addition to the coincidence of top priority issues the survey revealed two more topics concurrently covered by several TV companies – critical evaluation to Bidzina Ivanishvili’s political activities and Bidzina Ivanishvili’s activities.
Critical evaluation to Bidzina Ivanishvili as a political figure was among top priority topics on Rustavi 2, Imedi and Real TV. Bidzina Ivanishvili’s activities were covered by Maestro, Channel 9 and Real TV as a second top priority topic. The Bidzina Ivanishvili-related topics – either his political activities or critical evaluation to his activities have been among top priority topics on all of the monitored TV companies.
Within the reporting period, according to the survey, GPB dedicated least interest to Bidzina Ivanishvili.
Maestro and Kavkasia, unlike other TV companies, still maintained interest to the Parliament. But this time Kavkasia focused on constitutional changes, while Maestro offered viewers a more diverse coverage of Parliament activities, reads the survey.
Within the given reporting period the survey stressed Real TV’s interest to the political party Georgian Dream. All three top priority topics were fully dedicated to the Georgian Dream. The rest of the topics in the news program covered the Coalition leaders, ‘images’ and activities. Minor importance was attached to other topics.
In the scope of the survey CDI commissioned the Institute of Social Research and Analysis to conduct a multi-stage opinion poll survey in Tbilisi according to the cluster selection model. The enquiry of 400 respondents showed that out of four most intensively covered topics 65 percent of respondents consider David Gareja issue as most important, 17,4 percent – NATO-Georgia relations, 16,4 percent - critical evaluation to Bidzina Ivanishvili’s political figure and 1,2 percent – conflict among First Stereo owners.
Within the framework of the opinion poll survey the following question was given: “2012 is the year of parliamentary elections. The forthcoming elections to be held in October are expected to be competitive and the results of the elections – important to the country. We would like to ask what topics would you like to be informed of through media outlets?” According to the answers provided fairness, transparency and democracy of elections are most significant to 11,3 percent of respondents, followed by the information on election programs with 9,2 percent.
The third important topic 7,9 percent of respondents would like to be informed of is social welfare and stronger economy.
Full version of research in Georgian Language - http://cdi.org.ge/main/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/report_week_4.pdf