Tuesday Jul 29, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
31o C
24o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Greece quietly launches new public broadcaster

At the stroke of 6:00 pm Sunday, a new logo appeared on television screens across Greece, quietly ushering in state-run broadcaster NERIT.

"Something new began at 6:00 pm, a voiceover intoned. NERIT entered Greek homes, with pluralism and reliability, humanity and respect for culture and history."

The muted launch of the new broadcaster was in stark contrast to the public outcry that greeted the shutdown of its predecessor ERT last June as part of draconian budget cuts.

ERT's sudden closure after more than 60 years on the air shocked even austerity-hardened Greeks.

Many of its employees refused to accept the shutdown, defiantly broadcasting online from its headquarters until riot police forced them out.

The New Greek Radio, Internet and Television (NERIT) launched with a news programme anchored by Andriana Paraskevopoulou, a familiar face from ERT.

Athens abruptly closed ERT as part of a bid to rein in public debt and gain access to EU-IMF rescue loans vital to keeping Greece in the eurozone.

But the closure nearly brought down the coalition government of conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras after one of its allies defected over the row.

ERT, or Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, had its origins in the 1950s when the Greek state first created three separate radio stations for information, entertainment and music.

Widely seen as hopelessly bloated, by last year it had 2,600 employees, 19 local and five national radio stations, a choir and three orchestras and cost 300 million euros ($420 million) a year to run.

An interim broadcaster, DT, took over in mid-July, and many of its journalists have been taken on by NERIT.

Greece's To Vima newspaper on Sunday slammed the handling of the launch as tragic and slipshod.

"After more than 10 months it's more than obvious that the shutdown of ERT was a hasty and slipshod decision, wrote Dimitris Galanis in the influential daily.

The Panhellenic Federation of Journalists' Unions says the government still owes money to former ERT employees.

[AFP]

ekathimerini.com , Monday May 5, 2014 (09:26)  
Worlds largest solar boat on Greek mission
Municipal engineer dies in Thessaloniki following workplace accident
Tsipras discusses Cyprus with Anastasiades in Athens
Venizelos to meet Nimetz in Athens
More than 120,000 households to receive special benefit
More than 120,000 households were expected to receive a share of over 84 million euros from the so-called social dividend on Tuesday, the Finance Ministry announced. The social dividend refe...
Greece names fifth privatization agency chief in four years
Greece has appointed a management professor to head its privatizations agency, the fifth leadership change since the agency was launched in 2010 to sell off state assets as required by the c...
Inside Business
VOLLEYBALL
Volleyball national team second in European League
Much as the national volleyball team tried to repeat in the finals of the European League the feat it had achieved in the semifinals, it failed to overturn the advantage Montenegro had got f...
SOCCER
Ranieri says he has little to change in Greek national team
The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) presented Claudio Ranieri as the new Greece coach for the next couple of years, after the Italian manager signed his contract in Athens on Friday. I l...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Through insecurity comes optimism
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras recently expressed his optimism regarding the quota of 180 Parliamentary deputies required for the election of Greeces next president, in order for the countr...
EDITORIAL
Futile policy
The policy that Israel has been pursuing vis-a-vis the Palestinians is wrong and futile. Current tactics have failed to resolve the security issue and, at the same time, they are rapidly dra...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Worlds largest solar boat on Greek mission
2. More than 120,000 households to receive special benefit
3. Municipal engineer dies in Thessaloniki following workplace accident
4. Tsipras discusses Cyprus with Anastasiades in Athens
5. Venizelos to meet Nimetz in Athens
6. Archaeological council bans international climbers gathering at Meteora
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece names fifth privatization agency chief in four years
2. Archaeological council bans international climbers' gathering at Meteora
3. Venizelos to meet Nimetz in Athens
4. Tsipras discusses Cyprus with Anastasiades in Athens
5. Municipal engineer dies in Thessaloniki following workplace accident
6. More than 120,000 households to receive special benefit
Today
This Week
1. Climber dies in Mount Olympus fall
2. Unequal after death
3. Greek sovereign debt at 174.1 percent of GDP in first quarter
4. Hedge fund Dromeus turns Greek tragedy to triumph with 160 pct gain
5. Quadriplegic woman on life support 'dies due to unpaid power bills'
6. Front-line threats
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.