EnetEnglish.gr, 12:56 Tuesday 18 June 2013
ERT signals still off air
Uncertainty as to when national broadcaster will return to the airwaves
ERT's TV and radio frequencies remain blocked, as ERT staff enter their seventh day of broadcasting via livestream facilitated by the European Broadcasting Union
The vertical coloured bars on the signals once occupied by ERT's television stations remained in place on Tuesday morning, despite a provisional supreme court ruling that the government decree shutting off ERT's signal last week was illegal and that its broadcasts must be immediately unblocked.
For the seventh day running sacked ERT staff continue to broadcast via livestream hosted by the European Broadcasting Union, which has demanded that the station reopen.
The Council of State on Monday ordered the government to restore the ERT signal and take all appropriate organisational measures to continue broadcasting through the ERT frequencies and internet sites until a new public service broadcaster is established.
But there have been conflicting reports as to when ERT services will be restored. Speaking on Skai TV on Tuesday morning, a New Democracy spokesperson said it would take at least ten days to resume ERT transmissions. But a journalist told the noon news bulletin on Net, ERT's flagship channel, that the signal could be restored by as early as Wednesday evening.
According to the latest figures (see below) provided to EnetEnglish by the Geneva-based European Broadcasting Union, interest in its livestreaming of ERT’s pirate signal, which began at 8pm Greek time on Wednesday, remains high.
On Monday, the EBU's livestream was accessed 447,147 times, amounting to a total of 322,475 hours of viewing.
The highest figures were registered on Friday June 14, when the stream was accessed 557,835 times.
On Thursday June 13, when the feed clocked up 531,866 hits, over 90% of traffic was from Greece, followed by Germany, the UK, the US and Cyprus, France and Belgium.
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EBU president Jean Paul Philippot said that the court had delivered the right result and offered his organisation's support to build a new broadcaster.
"This is a positive turn because it means public service media will return to Greece,” he said. “We welcome the news that ERT will reopen, and we offer our support to build a new, successful, independent and sustainable public broadcaster that will contribute to pluralism and diversity in Greek society."
Livestream from ERT headquarters