Greek austerity forces govt to suspend state media

The Greek government has announced the suspension of state TV and radio channels under pressure from austerity cuts. Both will go dead early on Wednesday morning, causing their 2,500 employees to be jobless until it reopens.

The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, ERT, signals will be
shut off despite an outcry from trade unions and junior coalition
partners.

ERT was described as a “haven of waste” by Government
spokesman Simos Kedikoglou, according to AP.

He went on to say that they would reopen “as soon as
possible.”
However, an approximate date was not specified.

The conservative government’s junior coalition partner,
Democratic Left, said in a statement on Tuesday that it would be
“inconceivable” for Greece to not have a national
broadcaster.


ERT employees are expected to protest at the news, with union
representatives of ERT workers across three terrestrial TV
stations — a satellite state and its radio network stated that
they would keep the stations on air.

The Greek economy shrank 5.6 percent between January and March
this year, compared to the same period in 2012. The country is
obliged to fire some 2,000 civil servants by the end of the year
and 15,000 by the end of 2014.

A nationwide strike took place on Friday during which doctors and
health workers took to the streets waving banners in protest of
the destruction of the health service, including lay-offs of some
26,5000 medical staff.

This article originally appeared on: RT