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On air green light for Greek broadcaster

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 01:36

June 18 - Greece's state-run TV station is due to go back on air following a decision by a Greek court to suspend the government's closure. The market reacted positively to the ruling. But as Ciara Sutton reports it's likely to be on the agenda as the country's finance minister meets with the troika inspectors.

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ERT - Greece's state-run broadcaster - has only been available via the internet for the past week. But it's won the legal right to resume broadcasting. The station must be allowed to operate while a restructuring takes place. Staff welcomed the ruling but their futures remain uncertain (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) ERT EMPLOYEE MARIA KARAGIANNAKI SAYING: "I don't know what will happen next, we are trying to keep our spirits up, but we are being attacked politically." The u-turn comes after the closure caused a split in the fragile coalition - sparking fears of an early election. Athens stock exchange rose following the court ruling. But the president of the ERT employees union says it's not enough. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) ERT UNION PRESIDENT PANAGIOTIS KALFAGIANNIS SAYING: "The employees of ERT are all fired at the moment, but according to this ruling they should be working so they can put out a program in Greece and abroad. This is an oxymoron - the government needs to take a political decision." The Prime Minister says ERT is inefficient and full of corruption. He said the closure was necessary to secure the latest tranche of bailout funds worth over 3 billion euros. It's shut down coincided with a visit by the troika. Greece's lenders have demanded the axing of 15,000 public sector jobs over the next year. They were meeting the country's finance minister on Tuesday to discuss progress on reforms. More than 2,600 people work for ERT - the station may have won the right to broadcast but it's unlikely to continue in its current form.

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On air green light for Greek broadcaster

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 01:36