Skip to main content

Breaking News
  • Four journalists taken hostage in Syria are free and in good health, says French president Francois Hollande, according to AFP
  • Putin tells Russian TV he has good personal relations with incoming NATO chief Stoltenberg (Reuters)
  • Putin says Russia will award state medals to some Russian servicemen involved in Crimea operation (Reuters)
  • Putin says there is nothing to prevent normalisation of relations between Russia and West, but it depends on West (Reuters)
Shock in Greece at imminent closure of public broadcaster ERT
| Share this article
|

The Greek public broadcaster ERT is to close down almost immediately, the government has announced, causing shockwaves across the country.

Three TV channels, several radio stations and the internet service will stop operating from midnight on Tuesday.

The move, which brought immediate protests outside the broadcaster’s headquarters, is the latest austerity measure imposed because of the demands of international lenders.

“With one page of this unconstitutional decree, one act of legislation in one night, they are destroying or trying to destroy the national TV,” said employment lawyer Dimitris Perpataris, among the protesters.

One member of staff added: “They’re laying their hands on ERT – we, the employees are going to smash their hands.”

The government said a new restructured public service would be up and running as soon as possible.

Stunned workers gathered inside the headquarters. It is thought more than 2,500 are to be laid off, and far fewer will be retained by the new service.

Across the country 15,000 public sector employees are to lose their jobs by the end of the year.

Copyright © 2014 euronews

More about:
| Share this article
|

Log in
Please enter your login details