NEWS published on 21 Aug 2013

Interim public TV news service airs in Greece

Greece's interim public service broadcaster today launched its news service.  

The two-hour news programme, which was anchored  by two journalists, was produced by staff newly recruited for the interim public broadcasting service, a number of whom are ex-ERT staff.  It is understood that the interim service has already recruited approximately 600 staff, with a further 1400 to follow once the permanent public service media organisation, NERIT, is established within the next few months.

The existence of the news service – and encouraging signs that Greek's new public broadcaster is in creation – led the EBU  this morning (21/9) to cease streaming the satellite signal which was being produced by journalists who worked for ERT, the former Greek broadcaster, prior to its dissolution in June.

It is expected that new members of the Supervisory Board , appointed to oversee the formation and operation of the new public service broadcaster (NERIT) will meet for the first time tonight.  The EBU understands that one of their first tasks will be to recruit an executive director and four executive board members for the new national broadcaster  by the end of September.

In the meantime, TV executives have pledged to build on their initial programme offerings. The Director of News Vassilis Fomopoulos – who was previously News Director at ERT – says from Monday, (26/8)  four hours of regular, quality news programming a day will be scheduled.