Journalists at ERT reacted with applause and cheers to news of the court ruling ordering the reopening of the Greek broadcaster.
But their relief is only temporary as the court appears to have vindicated Prime Minister Samaras’s stance that a leaner, cheaper, public broadcaster must eventually be set up.
It will mean a drastically changed company with whole departments disappearing when it is relaunched much to the dismay of journalist Marina Demertzian:
“Of course we feel relieved, but we still have a long way to go. We need to discuss with each other, we need to consult with lawyers and we need to decide what to do next. Nothing is finalised, but personally, I wouldn’t want to work for an ERT which doesn’t have its own orchestra anymore.”
Even with the station back on air, it will still be a reduced service and many employees have vowed to continue their occupation of the station.
Reporting for euronews, Nicoleta Drouga said:
“Mixed emotions for the employees; they are still insecure about their jobs and are concerned that very soon the national broadcaster will be turned into something different from what the viewers knew and loved.”