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EBU to end ERT streaming from Athens on August 21/2013

Bye, bye ERT. Forever. EBU has announced that it will end the streaming of ‘pirate’ ERT program as of August 21st 2013 at 9 a.m. Reason for EBU’s decision is the plan of Greek government to start news broadcast via the interim Public Broadcaster DT (Dimosia Tileorasi)  which is supposed to last for two months. After this period of time a new Greek Public Broadcaster NERIT will start its operation.

With a surprise decision the Greek government shut down ERT on 11. June firing all 2.565 employees. However, the majority of them occupied the ERT headquarters and started to broadcast a program on 24/7 basis. European Broadcasting Union (EBU) was live streaming the ERT program that could be watched online and in some analogue frequencies.

Now this will come to an end…

EBU press release:

ERT streaming to end as interim Greek broadcaster launches news bulletin

19 Aug 2013
  • The EBU will cease to stream the former Greek public service broadcaster ERT via its satellite capacity and its website on Wednesday August 21 at 9am.  The decision follows reports that ERT’s temporary replacement, Greek Public Television (EDT), will broadcast news services this week.Since 12 June, when the Greek Government abruptly stopped ERT from operating, the EBU has delivered 8.5 million live streams for a total of 4.4 million hours of cumulative viewing to 2.5 million unique visitors and consistently called for the restitution of public service media in Greece, which is vital for culture, democracy and for society itself.The EBU leadership has also written to the Greek Government offering its support and expertise to help ERT’s planned successor, known as New Hellenic Radio, Internet and Television (NERIT), NERIT fulfil its potential for independence and solid governance. (EBU website)

BTW: KTG received some e-mails about “a broken ERT program link” and transmission disturbances on the link we have uploaded since June.

Dear readers, this has nothing to do with KTG, neither did we take down the link.  The problem has most likely to do with the transmitter, the EBU and everyone technically involved. Furthermore, as of tomorrow, August 21st, there will be no program at all….


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  1. – a much more detailed piece about the EBU’s decision, which also examines the very private nature of the new “public” broadcaster in Greece, and its close connection to Mega Channel, Greece’s largest private television station.