Friday, May 15, 2015

Greek parliament votes to re-open ERT public broadcaster

                          (ERT QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)

Closed two years ago as part of the previous Greek government's austerity measures, lawmakers have voted to fund public broadcaster ERT. The move fulfills one of the leftist Syriza party's campaign promises. 

Under pressure from the European Broadcasting Union and Greece's top administrative court, ERT was closed in July 2013 after more than 60 years on air. Some 2,600 people lost their jobs provoking numerous demonstrations and was internationally criticized.
The service was replaced 11 months later by a scaled down version, Nerit, with a smaller budget and 500 employees.

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