Greece’s National Council for Radio and Television (NCRTV) decided to issue seven television station licenses. The decision follows an extraordinary meeting of the body on Thursday.
According to the decision a total of seven TV broadcasting licenses will be auctioned.
Minister for Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, Nikos Pappas, is still due to receive the official briefing by the body.
The Council of State, the country’s supreme administrative court, had rescinded the previous law legislated by Minister Pappas in 2016 according to which only 4 TV broadcasting licenses were to be auctioned. The Council of State ruled that the TV license law was against the Constitution.
Last year, the ambitious auction plan turned into a circus of a procedure and ultimately into a real fiasco, when the Ccourts cancelled the auction after the winners had paid the requited sums of money to the state. A total of 246 million euros, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras aimed to spend to help the vulnerable groups of the society.