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Coalition talks lift hopes of ERT staff

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 01:13

June 17 - ERT employees and supporters cling to hopes that coalition talks will result in the country’s state broadcaster staying open, as a new state channel frequency appears. Sunita Rappai reports.

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The standoff continues at Greek state TV broadcaster ERT after the government abruptly pulled the plug on the channel a week ago. Employees, who have occupied the headquarters, are still broadcasting via the internet and smaller TV stations. They hope government coalition talks will lead to the re-opening of the channel - and have vowed not to budge until it does. TV presenter Chrissa Roumelioti said public television should never be shuttered since it protects the public interest. Supporters camped outside since the closure agreed, with this man claiming the decision would lead to the overthrow of the government. But official plans to open a new channel called NERIT to replace ERT seemed to have the go-ahead with the appearance of this new TV frequency on Monday. Government chiefs say ERT was inefficient and corrupt - and that its network of channels and radio stations cost the country 300 million euros a year. Prime Minister Antonio Samaras is set to hold further talks with coalition partners the Democratic Left Party and PASOK to discuss the crisis.

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Coalition talks lift hopes of ERT staff

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 01:13