Greece shuts down public broadcaster ERT

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Minutes ago it was announced by the Greek government that the country’s public  broadcaster, ERT, will be shut down today to be re-opened some time after the summer.

After the end of tonight’s transmission, Greece’s national broadcaster will be closed down and all of the 2.850 members of staff will be fired. Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou announced that the broadcaster will be re-opened after the summer with a new, much smaller format and less employees.

ERT is the only Greek channel full member of the EBU and the one responsible for the country’s participations in the Eurovision Song Contest since the beginning. At the moment, there is no way of knowing how this will affect Greece’s participation in the contest in the near future.

Stella Floras

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