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Greece state broadcaster resumes news programming

Sapa-AP | 2013-08-21 10:40:16.0
People gather outside the Greek state television (ERT) headquarters in Athens June 11, 2013. Greece said it would shut down state broadcaster ERT on Tuesday and relaunch it as a leaner, cheaper organisation as part of budget cuts, drawing protests from workers, other media and junior partners in the ruling coalition.
Image by: JOHN KOLESIDIS / REUTERS

Greece's new state television channel has begun airing news programmes, more than two months after the government's abrupt closure of state broadcaster ERT drew international condemnation and led to a severe political crisis.

The move Wednesay came as Europe's public broadcaster said it was halting its relay of programmes by ERT's sacked workers, who have been occupying the company's building and producing 24-hour programming in defiance of the closure.

Greece's conservative-led government abruptly shuttered ERT in June and fired all 2 700 staff, citing the need to cut costs amid the country's debt crisis.

But the sacked workers continued to produce programmes, and the European Broadcasting Union sought to help them by streaming their broadcasts by satellite and on its website.

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