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Monday, June 27, 2011

CNN International -"Eye On" travels to Georgia for a week of live programming

From 27th June to 1st July CNN International visits Georgia to focus on the stories that are shaping a country of rich cultural and historical significance whose key geographical location connecting East and West on the Old Silk Road makes it increasingly important on the global stage.

In Eye On Georgia – part of the popular strand which has already visited India, Germany and Ukraine this year – CNN’s Paula Newton is live in key locations across Tbilisi every night of the week at 2030 local time, presenting a mix of packages and interviews as the network takes stock of the opportunities, innovations, challenges and traditions in this country redefining itself eight years on from the Rose Revolution.

"Eye On Georgia" CNN International Program Promo

“Eye On takes CNN’s viewers to countries that are helping to shape the global landscape. Georgia, with its unique position at the crossroads of Europe and Central Asia, is taking steps to grow its economy, fight corruption, improve its education system and boost its tourism,” said Mike McCarthy, vice president of coverage and feature programming for CNN International. 

“Georgia is an important destination as Eye On continues its global journey to significant emerging markets” 

The week will feature a mix of interviews, packages and live reporting. In a number of special features CNN’s Paula Newton profiles the farming community’s reaction to news that the government has invited South African farmers to boost the country’s agriculture industry. She visits the flamboyant new glass Interior Ministry, built as a symbol of transparency, to assess whether the country’s attempts to stamp out corruption have been a success. She also looks at education reforms which include compulsory English lessons, visits the ancient burial site in Dmansi, where early human fossils dubbed homo georgicus were found and, of course, casts an eye on the nation’s fascination with the sport of wrestling. 

This latest instalment of Eye On continues its global journey which to date has included France, Germany, Macedonia, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, Nigeria Bahrain, Oman, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan. 

Monday 27th June to Friday 1st July: Paula Newton reports from locations across the capital Tbilisi air during ‘Prism’ from 20:30 and ‘Connect the World’ 00:30. 

A half-hour special airs on Saturday 2nd July at 09:30, 13:30 and 21:30 local time; Sunday 3rd July at 10:30, 19:00 and Tuesday 5th July at 21:30 

Here is a clip from Eye on Georgia that features South African farmers moving to Georgia - we've been discussing in our previous post.

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