Greeks strike over state TV

Greek workers are staging a 24hr nationwide strike in protest against the "sudden death" of state broadcaster ERT, Reuters reports. It was suspended by the government as part of cost-cutting measures.

Greek PM to meet coalition partners as protests continue

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has attempted to defuse a growing political crisis by inviting coalition partners for talks over the government's decision to to close the state broadcaster ERT.

Greek workers are staging a 24 hour nationwide strike in protest against the government's abrupt decision to suspend the state broadcaster ERT in order to cut costs.

The two left-wing coalition partners who were invited to the meeting welcomed the opportunity to liaise with the Prime Minister, but insisted the ERT should remain open.

Greek leftist opposition leader Alexis Tsipras takes part in a rally outside the Greek State broadcaster ERT headquarters
Greek leftist opposition leader Alexis Tsipras takes part in a rally outside the Greek State broadcaster ERT headquarters Credit: REUTERS/Costas Baltas
Protesters hold a rally outside the Greek State broadcaster ERT headquarters
Protesters hold a rally outside the Greek State broadcaster ERT headquarters Credit: REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
Greek workers are staging a 24 hour nationwide strike in protest against the government's decision
Greek workers are staging a 24 hour nationwide strike in protest against the government's decision Credit: REUTERS/Costas Baltas

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Greeks stage strike in protest of broadcaster shutdown

Greek workers are staging a 24hr nationwide strike in protest against the "sudden death" of state broadcaster ERT, Reuters reports.

It was suspended by the government late on Tuesday, just hours after the decision was announced as part of cost-cutting measures.

Protesters outside the ERT headquarters in Athens on Wednesday night

Two of the biggest labour unions plan to bring the country to a standstill in response to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' decision which they describe as "coup-like move... to gag unbiased information."

Protesters show solidarity outside ERT's headquarters

Protesters sang songs and waved flags outside Greece broadcaster ERT's Athens headquarters, after it was shutdown by the country's government to save money.

Earlier, government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said ERT is a case of an exceptional lack of transparency and incredible extravagance".

Thousands of people gathered outside Greek broadcaster ERT's headquarters
Protesters wave flags outside the building Credit: APTN

Giannis Mamouzelos, a retired ERT Journalist, who worked at the station for around 36 years said: "I feel that a public service is being cut and sold out".

A Finance Ministry statement said the broadcaster has been formally disbanded, and authorities would "secure" the corporation's facilities.

No signal! Greek broadcaster goes off air

Greece's government has shut down the state broadcaster ERT, as part of a cost-cutting drive.

TV and Radio broadcast were pulled off the air just hours after the government said it would temporarily close all state-run broadcasts

A TV screen showing no signal on an ERT channel. Credit: APTN
Many broadcasts were suspended before or just after midnight. Credit: APTN
Operations staff looking at TV screens as signals began to go off air Credit: APTN

Greek national broadcaster ERT goes off the air

Greek state TV and radio were gradually taken off the air late on Tuesday, hours after the government said it would temporarily suspend all state-run broadcasts

The ERT broadcast blackouts began in several parts of the country around 11 pm local time (2000 GMT), about an hour before the government said all signals would go dead, although satellite broadcasts continued.

Around 2,500 workers will lose their jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive aimed at helping the country tackle its recession.

Thousands of media workers and supporters protested the closure outside the company's headquarters in the Athens suburb of Aghia Paraskevi.

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Thousands gather Greek state broadcaster building

Thousands of people have gathered outside the main building of Greece's state broadcaster after the announcement of its surprise closure by the government.

According to an article on the broadcaster's website, government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou confirmed that ERT will close down tonight.

A large crowd outside the main building of Greece's state broadcaster ERT. Credit: ITV News/Maria Kagkelidou

Mr Kedikoglou is said to have described the service as a source of "public wastage" and accusing it of delivering poor value for money.

The broadcaster said that more than two thousand jobs are to be lost as a result of government cuts.

EBU attacks decision to suspend Greek broadcaster

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has urged Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to "use all his powers to immediately reverse" the decision to suspend the nation's public broadcaster ERT.

In a letter to Mr Samaras, two EBU executives wrote that "national broadcasters are more important than ever at times of national difficulty".

A statement on the EBU website said:

The existence of public service media and their independence from government lie at the heart of democratic societies, and therefore any far-reaching changes to the public media system should only be decided after an open and inclusive democratic debate in Parliament – and not through a simple agreement between two government ministers.

– ebu statement

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Report: 2656 jobs to be axed at Greek state broadcaster

More than two thousand jobs are to be lost at Greece's state broadcaster ERT as a result of government cuts, according to an article on the organisation's website.

The article says that its TV and radio services will fall silent at Midnight tonight local time.

It also cites government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou describing the service as a source of "public wastage" and accusing it of delivering poor value for money.

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