Ex-TV tycoon plans new channels to challenge Georgian government

The man who changed Georgian television and helped spark the 2003 revolution that brought President Mikheil Saakashvili to power now claims he can unseat Mr Saakashvili with the help of a tiny Tbilisi television channel. On 21 November Erosi Kitsmarishvili, the former co-owner of the Rustavi-2 channel, took over management of Tbilisi’s Maestro television. He immediately expressed his intent to turn Maestro into a 24-hour Fox News-style national news outlet, and a one-stop shop for supposedly spin-free news.