Skip to main content

Reprieve for Greek state broadcaster, for now

By Elinda Labropoulou and Melissa Gray, CNN
updated 6:46 PM EDT, Mon June 17, 2013
Employees secure a protest banner at the headquarters of the Greek public broadcaster ERT on June 13 in Athens, Greece.
Employees secure a protest banner at the headquarters of the Greek public broadcaster ERT on June 13 in Athens, Greece.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Greece's top court orders the government to resume state broadcasts
  • State broadcaster ERT will air only until a new media group is created
  • The court partially overturns the government's decision to suspend ERT
  • The government's decision was a budget-cutting move

Athens, Greece (CNN) -- Greece's top court ordered the government Monday to restart state broadcaster ERT, but only until it can set up a new media entity.

The order partially overturns the government's controversial decision last week to take ERT off the air while it creates a smaller broadcaster with fewer staff as a budget-cutting move.

The court ruled a "minimum transmission" must be restored at ERT in order to serve the public interest until the new broadcaster is ready.

There was no immediate response from the coalition government, whose leaders are still holding talks on ERT's future.

Off air, out of work for Greece's ERT TV

The government's decision to suspend ERT led to protests and prompted the European Broadcast Union president to urge Greece to reconsider.

ERT's TV channels and radio services were pulled off the air early Wednesday, although some employees have continued to broadcast via the Internet. ERT said the decision meant 2,656 employees would lose their jobs.

Greek unions also vowed to fight the decision, which comes as the country struggles with a mountain of debt, soaring unemployment and a lengthy recession.

To meet its commitments to its creditors -- the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund -- the Greek government must dismiss 2,000 people from the wider public sector by the end of the year and 15,000 by the end of 2014.

Journalist Elinda Labropoulou reported from Athens and CNN's Melissa Gray from Atlanta.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 6:49 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
British PM David Cameron has had the narrowest of political escapes.
updated 9:06 PM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
British journalist John Cantlie hadn't been seen in nearly two years. Now, he's the latest hostage to be paraded out by ISIS.
The burial leader. The hospital gatekeeper. The disease detective. All telling powerful, stories from West Africa.
updated 7:03 PM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
Alibaba's IPO is unlike anything investors have ever seen and could threaten other online retailers. Maggie Lake reports.
updated 11:58 PM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
Indian PM Narendra Modi has said al Qaeda will fail if it seeks to spread its terror network into his country.
updated 8:01 AM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
Put yourself in the shoes (and sixth-century black robes) of ISIS' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the mysterious boss of the terror group.
updated 10:44 AM EDT, Sat September 20, 2014
 Tennis Player Li Na attends the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party as guests enjoy Ciroc Vodka presented by Dubai Duty Free at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London,
Asia's first grand slam singles champion Li Na has called time on her 15-year tennis career.
Jenson Button has some of quickest reactions ever shown at an advanced sports lab.
updated 7:24 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
Creative companies with quirky ideas find new lending models advantageous.
updated 10:09 AM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
Even death couldn't part two skeletons excavated from a lost chapel in an English county, found with their fingers entwined.
updated 6:07 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT