VIDEO: Athens breaks with austerity as public TV reopens

France 24, Thursday 11 Jun 2015


Greece's state TV channel ERT restarted broadcasting Thursday, two years after it was shut down as part of vast austerity measures adopted by the previous administration. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hailed the move as a “victory for democracy”.

The public broadcaster became a symbol of resistance against austerity mandated by Brussels and foreign creditors, but was eventually taken off the air at the height of the financial crisis.

The radical left Syriza party now in power denies reopening ERT is a PR move, or a snub to austerity, insisting the re-booted station will pay for itself.

The station is slated to rehire the 1,500 employees laid off in 2013 as programming progressively resumes.


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