From October 1, 2011 Perviy Informatsionniy Kavkazsky (PIK) (First Caucasus News), the Russian-language channel of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will be headed by Ekaterine Kotrikadze, incumbent head of news service of the channel and Robert Parsons, incumbent Director General will be appointed to the position of the chairperson of the PIK Board of Trustees.
"Reorganization is being on at PIK," said Zurab Kodalashvili reporting to Media.ge. He quit the position of PIK's Executive Director in September.
The Tabula magazine of September 12 published the interview with Robert Parsons. According to the respondent PIK is going to merge with the Russian-language Region TV.
"In the small county such as Georgia there is no need for two Russian-language languages," said Parsons then. The reorganization, he said, which implies the merger of these two channels is due to end late this year.
PIK conducts broadcasting through satellite across East Europe, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus as well as Middle East and Asia Minor.
The PIK website is being visited by approximately 50,000 unique users on a daily basis.
Since autumn 2010 PIK has been managed by a private company K1 having invited British specialists as managers. Some of them have already left the channel.
According to the data of the Public Registry of Entrepreneur and Non-entrepreneur (non-commercial) Legal Entities K1 is being owned by Robert Parsons (60 percent) and Ekaterine Kotrikadze (40 percent). The channel is being funded from the GPB budget. In August the government honored GPB's request on additional allocation of GEL 3 million for PIK until the end of the year. GEL 1 million has already been apportioned. At the same time GPB prolonged the contract with K1 until January 2012.