European Broadcast Union (EBU) put Greece’s shut down public broadcaster ERT back on air. On Thursday afternoon the program produced by occupying journalists reappeared on television screens in several Greek cities via analog signal. The decision to take steps to keep ERT on air was made by the EBU Executive Board on Wednesday – see EBU press release below.
Outrageously concerned about the illegal program conducted by fired ERT journalists and technicians who occupy the premises of the shutdown public broadcaster for second consecutive day, the Greek government took an important and risky decision:
to send riot police to capture the EBU satellite transmitting the outlaw program.
The government saw no other solution than to riot-police’s space oddity after all attempts to find out, how ERT still manages to broadcast failed.
picture via @vagelis_ilisia
The government allegedly saw no other solution than to this adventurous riot police space oddity, after all attempts to find out, how ERT still manages to broadcast failed.
EBU PRESS RELEASE
EBU puts shelved Greek member ERT back on air13 Jun 2013
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) today took the step of putting Greek broadcaster ERT’s news coverage back on air, allowing Greek satellite subscribers to watch NET, the station’s news channel, on television.
Until this afternoon, ERT’s output was only available via a live stream on the EBU website, redirected from ERT’s signal, which was carried back to EBU headquarters in Geneva. But EBU engineers have implemented a workaround to retransmit ERT’s signal via the EBU’s Athens earth station.
At around 3.45pm (CET) NET’s news programmes, being produced at ERT’s Thessaloniki studios despite the government order to cease operations, reappeared on Greek screens.
The signal is also being made available globally on these satellites: Hotbird 13A in Europe, APSTAR 7 in Asia, Intelsat 19 and Optus D2 in Oceania.
The decision to take steps to keep ERT on air was made by the EBU Executive Board on Wednesday.
EBU provides merely technical support for the transmission of the Greek signal. (EBU )