Radio appeal prior to ruling

The National Council for Radio and Television is to rule tomorrow on the status of Athens International Radio (AIR), the foreign-language radio program of City Hall’s Athina 98.4 FM station, which went off the air last Thursday after a prosecutor seized the station’s transmitter, claiming its license was invalid. Another six stations allegedly operating illegally were also shut down. The staff of AIR FM, still broadcasting at, said in a press release that it provided a crucial service. «AIR FM offers news and entertainment to foreigners living and working in Athens and to the city’s visitors, while also serving as a cohesive reference point for the capital’s foreign communities,» it said. AIR called on the government and local authorities – who face elections in November -. to «state their position on the underlying motives behind the abrupt closure of a station that provides a public service for citizens without commercial objectives.»