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.

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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.