TV stations given extension to submit tender applications

TV stations given extension to submit tender applications

Private TV stations that want to participate in a tender in August that will award four broadcasting licenses have been given an extension until Friday to submit their applications.

The fist list of applicants that meet the requirements to take part in the tender will be announced by July 14.

The tender was announced by the government after it passed legislation to change the country’s media sector in a bid to slash the number of private broadcasters to four.

The move, however, has been criticized by the owners of Greece’s existing private TV channels, including Skai, ANT1 and Mega, who have taken their case to the Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court, seeking the cancellation or the suspension of the tender, arguing that it violates the Greek Constitution and European Union law.

The court is expected to rule on the case in about 10 days.

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