Greek State television re-opens

Previous Greek government had closed it down as part of austerity measures

Greek State television re-opens

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The re-opened ERT state television resumed broadcasting on Thursday at 6:00 a.m. local time (0400GMT) with the national anthem.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras praised this move as “a victory for democracy.”

Employees who had lost their jobs two years earlier when the station was shut down, took part in the first program, many with tears in their eyes.

The ERT state television was shut down on June 11, 2013 after more than 60 years on air, when the previous Greek government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras closed it as part of austerity measures.

About 2,600 employees were let go overnight.

The shutdown of ERT led to huge protests and brought thousands to the streets demanding the re-opening of the station.

ERT, whose operations cost around €300 million a year, was subsequently replaced by a smaller state entity called NERIT, which is now expected to be merged with or absorbed by ERT.

But SYRIZA, in its election campaign, had promised to bring ERT back.

On April 29, the ruling coalition government voted to reinstate the public broadcaster ERT and to rehire around 2,500 staff members and journalists who were made redundant in 2013.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Haziran 2015, 16:04