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Signal received, Greek court orders ERT reopening

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Getting ready to go back on air, a Greek court has ruled that state broadcaster ERT must have its signal restored.

Though all sides appear to claim victory the news is bitter-sweet for ERT’s 2,700 employees who found themselves out of a job six days ago. It is not clear how many of them will be re-hired by the new broadcaster NERIT, or even how many will resume work in the interim period.

“It is the government’s responsibility to turn the signal back on. They should have already done that. We question why they haven’t done it yet. We question why they have not said anything about this,” said ERT Union President Panagiotis Kalfagiannis.

The ruling appears to support the Greek prime minister’s plan for a cheaper, streamlined broadcaster to replace ERT eventually.

It has also settled disputes between the Greek coalition partners which threatened to send the country back to the ballot box.

The Greek government has not come out of the controversy unscathed. The coalition will meet again for talks to bridge the gap created by the latest measures taken to please international lenders.