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Public broadcaster reinstated by new government

Lawmakers from Greece’s new left-wing government have voted to reinstate the country’s public broadcaster, ERT, which was abruptly shut down two years ago as part of austerity measures.

Parliament voted early Wednesday to re-hire more than 1,500 ERT workers and incorporate a protest TV station operated online by fired employees.

In June 2013, ERT television and radio broadcasts were abruptly taken off the air by the previous conservative government. A new broadcaster was later opened, using fewer staff.

Greece had been under pressure from international lenders to swiftly reduce the size of its civil service in return for continued bailout loans. [AP]

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