What is the history of Imedi TV?


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Imedi Media Holding and Television Group is a privately owned media company in the country of Georgia. The station was founded in 2001 by entrepreneur Badri Patarkatsishvili, and as of 2015, it is under the control of his widow, Inna Gudavadze. Imedi rose to prominence in 2006 as the country's main independent national television station during the 2006 to 2007 wave of anti-administration protests and quickly gained a reputation for being critical of Georgia's authoritarian government and President Mikhail Saakashvili.

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Imedi was seized by government forces after the events of the Rose Revolution in 2007, and the network was forcibly wrested from its legal private owners after charges of illegal government criticism were levied against its news program. Several years and many international arbitration challenges later, Imedi was returned to Inna Gudvadze and her family by the Georgian government. The prosecution, led by British attorney Peter Henry Goldsmith, was able to prove that the Georgian government had no legal authority to seize the private property of its citizens.

Although Imedi was strongly linked to the Georgian political opposition in the mid-2000s, the station has been somewhat depoliticized since its return to Inna Gudavadze. It still concentrates mainly on daily news and national political coverage, but it also frequently broadcasts popular music programs and variety shows.

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