Cat & Mouse: digital provider disturbs Communist-TV rebroadcasting pirate ERT program

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A cat and mouse game has been playing since Thursday, when the television channel of Greek Communist party KKE started to rebroadcast the pirate ERT program aired by the fired journalists who defy Samaras order to abandon the headquarters of the public broadcast company shut down on Tuesday.

Every time television station 902 switches to ERT  live program, after 20 seconds the signal is set off air with color bars automatically replacing the picture and the sound. At first the technicians at the TV station thought of a retransmission problem. But it turned out, that it was an indirect government intervention.

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TV station 902 denounced in a statement the government for silencing the freedom of press but also the digital transmission provider DIGEA for enforcing government orders to silence any private TV channel broadcasting ERT. At the same time, the statement stressed the fact that Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras threatened with sanctions every television or radio broadcasting the ERT program.

Last night, 902-TV asked its audience to join an experiment: to take the exact time needed for color bars to interrupt the ERT program rebroadcasting. When 902-TV switched into ERT, color bars fell exactly 22 seconds later.

TV station 902 denounced in a statement the government for silencing the freedom of press but also the digital transmission provider DIGEA for enforcing government orders to silence any private TV channel broadcasting ERT. At the same time, the statement stressed the fact that Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras threatened with sanctions every television or radio broadcasting the ERT program.

DIGEa is the private digital signal provider consisting of a consortium of the six biggest private Tv stations of Greece.

This phenomenon keeps repeating during the last three days.

Meanwhile, Greeks can watch the pirate ERT program on digital frequencies in some parts of the country, Athens downtown and the north-east suburbs of the Greek capital. European Broadcast Union (EBU) makes it possible.

PS Nobody could ever imagine that Greece’s public broadcaster would transmit in pirate frequencies and the people would switch to Communist party TV to get information about what’s going on with ERT.