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18 Aug, 2008 12:40

South Ossetian TV to start work among ruins

As life is slowly being rebuilt in the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvaly after the war, the mass media are returning to normal work. But Ossetian local TV is only able to produce 10 per cent of their usual programmes as their offices and a lot of techn

Local newspapers have resumed their work and several Russian radio stations are broadcasting again in the region.

But the local broadcasting companies' staff now have to work outside, as they find it impossible to do anything in a building full of broken glass and dust.
Staff managed to save editing facilities and some equipment though – some of them say they had a feeling there was going to be an attack. They took out the equipment during the bombardment.

The local TV centre was established right after the first war between Georgia and Ossetia ended in 1992. Before that the authorities in Tbilisi refused to give them a license to broadcast. Ever since a great range of TV production has been made, from news to documentaries.