TV bill is misguided

The implementation of the laws that ought to be governing television broadcasting in Greece is absolutely necessary and it is wrong that this has not been done to the letter in recent years.

However, the artificial limit on the number of licenses that can be issued laid out by the coalition government in a bill that is currently being debated in Parliament, as well as the rules regarding how these will be managed, do not sound like much of an effort to bring about a proper overhaul of this sector; quite the opposite in fact.

The government claims that the measures it is proposing will clean up the television licensing scene and make everything fairer and more straightforward. However, what it actually appears to be doing instead is creating the conditions for the establishment of a new oligarchy in the broadcasting business that will serve specific political interests.

Such tactics never come to any good and they certainly don’t agree with the rules of the market, the edicts of transparency and the challenges of new technology.

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