EBU Petition: Get greek state broadcaster back on air!

On June,11 two greek ministers decided TO ABOLISH the Greek National RadioTelevision (ERT) and in few hours all was finished. One of the international reactions to this dictatorial act is the petition of EBU (European Broadcasting Union) to the greek government. Please read, sign and forward. Thanks.

EBU Petition: Get ERT back on air!

EBU Petition: Get ERT back on air!


Why this is important

We, at the EBU, believe that the existence of public service media and their independence from government lie at the heart of democratic societies, and therefore any far-reaching changes to the public media system should only be decided after an open and inclusive democratic debate in Parliament – and not through a simple agreement between two government ministers. Public service media is an essential pillar of democratic and pluralistic societies across Europe.
We, the general public and supporters of public service media, join the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in expressing our profound dismay at the action taken by the Greek Government on Tuesday, 11 June in shutting down ERT with immediate effect. This undemocratic and unprofessional action of the Greek government undermines the existence of public service media in Greece and its independence from the government. For that reason, we strongly urge the Greek Prime Minister to immediately reverse this decision, allowing ERT to go back on the air in Greece.


The EBU is the world’s foremost alliance of public service media organizations, with Members in 56 countries in Europe and beyond. The EBU’s mission is to defend the interests of public service media and to promote their indispensable contribution to modern society. It is the point of reference for industry knowledge and expertise.

The EBU operates EUROVISION and EURORADIO. EUROVISION is the media industry’s premier distributor and producer of top quality live sport and news, as well as entertainment, culture and music content. EURORADIO enhances public service radio through the exchange of music, professional networking and the promotion of digital and hybrid radio – to ensure radio remains a key protagonist in a multimedia world.


I would like to give you some more information : 

1. ERT did not take a cent from the state budget. In fact, for the last few years it was a profit-making company paying taxes of the order of 60-70 million euros per year. So is clear that they abolish ERT because they are a dictature and not because of money .

2. It cost to the people who had an electrical connection 4.18 euros per month.  What did it give us for 4 euros/month?

3 TV chanels for the entire Greece (ET1, NET, ET3).

1 World chanel for the Greeks abroad (ERTworld).

6-7 Radio stations, including one with classical music, all mute now.

3 Orchestras (including the big symphony orchestra for more involved works).

1 exclellent chorus, perhaps the best in Greece


ERT Archives, most precious history of Greece being digitized and becoming available to the Greeks all over the world.

The orchestras of ERT gave several concerts for free.




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ERT shutdown: EBU urges EU leader to overturn Greek government decision

Europe ‘cannot remain indifferent’, says TV body’s chief as global media condemns cost-cutting move

The president of the European Broadcasting Union has written to the president of the European Commission urging him to use his powers to force the Greek government to reverse its controversial decision to shut down state broadcaster ERT.

Jean-Paul Philippot said Europe “cannot remain indifferent” to the latest Greek political drama as it is partly responsible, as it was the so-called “troika” – the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and European Central Bank – which demanded savage cuts to Greece‘s bloated public sector as part of the bail out programme.

“It is our unfortunate experience that the existence of public service broadcasting has come under systematic threat in countries which have been pressed by the European Union or the troika to make savings,” said Philippot in a strongly worded letter to José Manuel Barroso on Thursday.

The letter comes as Greece’s two biggest unions brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill on Thursday during a 24-hour strike against prime minister Antonis Samaras’s decision to close down ERT, which they describe as a “coup-like move … to gag unbiased information”.

Philippot said the “general political support” expressed in Strasbourg on Wednesday by the commissioner for economics and monetary affairs, Olli Rehn, for public service broadcasting “does little to resolve the deep crisis” and urged Barossa to get personally involved.

“We believe that the European Commission cannot remain indifferent and should take a clear stand to defend European values and the continuity of public services,” he said.

The intervention comes as defiant TV journalists in Greece are continuing to keep ERT alive almost two days after the government announced its sudden death with the loss of 2,700 jobs.

ERT’s main TV channel was cut off mid-way through a news programme late on Tuesday night, but journalists occupying the broadcaster’s headquarters in Athens at first kept the service alive via the internet.

That feed has now been cut, but journalists have managed to keep going in Thessaloniki with the help of the EBU, which has taken ERT’s output and is streaming the service live on its website, www.ebu.ch, reporting that traffic has rocketed.

The EBU has already written to Samaras expressing its profound dismay at Tuesday’s abrupt decision and has now sent a second letter to him urging to keep at least one channel open.

Samaras defended his decision on Wednesday claiming it was a temporary measure and that he planned to launch a new slimmed down broadcaster in August.

His decision tipped the country, still reeling from two bailouts, into a fresh crisis, prompted two general strikes on Thursday and widespread international condemnation.

Le Monde in France likened him to Romania’s Ceausescu while Greek centre-left newspaper Eleftherotypia branded it “an execution to please the troika”.

Several stations around Europe showed solidarity, with Arte in France broadcasting news programmes with Greek subtitles and Tele Bruxelles in Belgium changed its on-screen logo to ERT from noon to midnight on Wednesday. 

Despite the growing opposition, the government defended its decision to shut down the broadcaster.

“There have been more strikes at ERT in recent months that anywhere else … They are acting in a socially irresponsible way,” Adonis Georgiadis, MP for Samaras’s New Democracy party said. “We are not ending public television. We are making it better.”


ERT: On the edge

HD #Greece ultimo #concerto della National #Symphony #Orchestra Choir #ERT – 2013


5 comments on “EBU Petition: Get greek state broadcaster back on air!

    • I disagree. Petitions are working as Advertising Campaign. Without this one for example, who would hear what has happened in Greece?? Concomitantly, petitions register what people want in a concrete moment and can be used successfully in court as evidence against the government. And you must know that against the greek government there are hundred of indictments of high treason.


  1. ο Επίτροπος Ανθρωπίνων Δικαιωμάτων του Συμβουλίου της Ευρώπης, Νιλς Μούιζνιεκς, δήλωσε στο Associated Press ότι: «Η ξαφνική απόφαση του Έλληνα Πρωθυπουργού να κλείσει την ΕΡΤ είναι μια απερίσκεπτη ενέργεια. Με την εξάλειψη, έστω και προσωρινά του δημόσιου τομέα ενημέρωσης μειώνεται στην Ελλάδα η πολυφωνία των ΜΜΕ και περιορίζεται η ελευθερία της έκφρασης και το δικαίωμα στην ενημέρωση. Αυτό καταφέρει ένα βαρύ πλήγμα σε έναν θεμελιώδη πυλώνα της δημοκρατίας».

    Ταυτόχρονα, σημείωσε ότι: «Η απόφαση στέλνει ένα ανατριχιαστικό μήνυμα στα μέσα μαζικής ενημέρωσης και αυξάνει τις εντάσεις σε μια χώρα που ήδη πλήττεται από μια σοβαρή οικονομική και κοινωνική κρίση. Καλώ την κυβέρνηση να πάρει πίσω την απόφαση και να σταματήσει να ενεργεί με τρόπο που περιορίζει αδικαιολόγητα την ελευθερία των δημόσιων μέσων μαζικής ενημέρωσης».

    Από την πλευρά του ο πρόεδρος του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου Μάρτιν Σουλτς ήταν ιδιαιτέρως αιχμηρός λέγοντας: «Θέλω να επισημάνω ότι η κυβέρνηση της Πορτογαλίας σπάνια κρύβεται πίσω από την τρόικα. Παραδέχεται ανοιχτά ότι τα μέτρα που λαμβάνονται είναι και δικά της μέτρα. Την ίδια ώρα υπάρχουν κυβερνήσεις που κλείνουν με δική τους απόφαση τη δημόσια τηλεόραση της χώρας και λένε ότι ευθύνονται οι Βρυξέλλες. Όποιος συμπεριφέρεται έτσι, χάνει τον σεβασμό των άλλων. Όποιος αναλαμβάνει την ευθύνη για τις πράξεις του, κερδίζει σεβασμό».

    ΠΗΓΗ: avgi.gr


    Early day motion 234

    Session: 2013-14
    Date tabled: 12.06.2013

    That this House condemns the decision of the Greek government to shut down the public broadcasting organisation ERT’s three television stations, radio and regional radio stations, satellite emissions and internet portal which together employ approximately 2,700 people; notes that the decision was taken without democratic debate in the Greek parliament; further notes that whilst it will re-open this will be on the basis of significantly reduced staffing levels; regrets that employees at ERT were given very little notice when the government shut off its transmitters; believes that Greece needs a reliable news source given the desperate time for the country, the economic situation and rise of dangerous far-right groups; therefore sends its support and solidarity to all the journalists who have been treated in this disgraceful way; and calls on the Greek government to reverse this damaging decision.


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