EBU NEWS published on 19 Aug 2013

ERT streaming to end as interim greek broadcaster launches news bulletin

The EBU plans to cease streaming the former Greek public service broadcaster ERT via its satellite capacity and the EBU website on Wednesday 21 August at 9 am (CET). 

The decision follows reports that ERT's temporary replacement, Greek Public Television (EDT), will broadcast news services this week.

Since 12 June, when the Greek government abruptly stopped ERT from operating, the EBU has delivered 8.5 million live streams for a total of 4.4 million hours of cumulative viewing to 2.5 million unique visitors and consistently called for the restitution of public service media in Greece, which is vital for culture, democracy and for society itself.

The EBU leadership has also written to the Greek government offering its support and expertise to help ERT's planned successor, known as New Hellenic Radio, Internet and Television (NERIT), fulfil its potential for independence and solid governance.