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.

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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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