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Greek Public Television (EDT) begins transmission

Logo and name, accompanied by classical music, appear on screens

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Screen depicting new station’s name and somewhat uninspiring logo appeared on Wednesday morning, against a backdrop depicting a globe and waves of colour

Photo of screen from Greek Public Television or EDT (Photo: EnetEnglish) Photo of screen from Greek Public Television or EDT (Photo: EnetEnglish) Greek Public Television (EDT), the replacement station for ERT which was shut down last month, has commenced broadcasting a basic signal.

A screen depicting the new station’s name and somewhat uninspiring logo appeared at about 8.30am on Wednesday morning, against a backdrop depicting a globe and waves of colour.

The decision to commence the signal follows the vote on Tuesday night, at committee, of a bill establishing New Greek Radio, Internet and Television, or Nerit, the new national broadcaster.

The bill received only the support of the coalition parties, New Democracy and Pasok, with all other parties against. Debate on the new legislation will be completed on Thursday.

Despite the move, ERT staff at the station have entered their second month of continuous broadcasting via a livestream hosted by the European Broadcasting Union, which has demanded that the station reopen.

According to ERT’s former technical director, Nick Michalitsis, the signal is being transmitted from an old studio used by Mega, the country’s largest private broadcaster.

From there, it is being relayed by Digea, a digital broadcasting platform owned by the country’s six largest private stations, with assistance from telephone company OTE.

ERT staff are asking whether EDT has been approved by the state’s broadcasting regulator, the Greek National Council for Radio and Television (ESR). They also ask who is paying the staff working in EDT and on what kind of contracts.

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