Heavy reactions have been prompted by offensive homophobic comments transmitted during the radio show of Wednesday 5 March on Alpha Radio (Athens, Greece) by journalists Dimos Verykios and Dimitris Stavropoulos. They commented a statement by writer Avgoustos Korto, where he said that he is not going to be a candidate in the upcoming elections, reminding that he remains "devoted to his man and his books". It was announced that Verykios will be judged by the Journalists' Union, and he later posted an apology. Read more »Reactions as Greek radio journalists make fun of gay artist on air
A reminder that there are just two weeks left for you to listen to the Czech Republic on longwave, as it is marked for closure at the end of February. The ending of transmissions on 270 will leave a completely empty channel across Europe, presumably for the first time on either longwave or mediumwave since the early days of radio.
Recently, I've noticed that they cut the transmitter for its overnight break without ceremony either at exactly 2300 (sometimes on the very last pip) and sometimes in the middle of the 2300 news. I don't know which
sounds more unprofessional! Read more » Czech Republic longwave to close by end of February
One single carrier of the Greek digital channels is ending up to be given a scandalous monopoly, acquired for a ridiculous price through a questionable auction; it will be a consortium of big private channels, which will be managing the nationwide, the regional but also possibly the public frequencies, reserving the right to filter out some content. Read more »Greek DVB-T monopoly: All 6 Greek multiplexes sold out at €18 Mi for 15 years
The riot police force just entered the studio. We are on a live show. The police forces have just entered the studio of the Hellenic Radio. You can hear the police radios, I guess they go on air. The time is 5:32, here, at the studio of Hellenic Radio, in the Radio House of Aghia Paraskevi, from where you can listen to us, all over Greece. This show is going on under the eyes of the policemen, these last minutes. [Police radio: "let him go now, let him go now"]. And all over the mixers and the expensive equipment that is here. Read more »"Police entering the studio" The last words of the Greek Radio speaker before he got arrested
Greek government ordered the heads of the "interim" broadcaster to air one public radio service by the end of the week, as the High Court will be discussing the issue of ERT switch-off on Friday. According to an article by enikos.gr, it is expected that one public radio station will start operating on Thursday featuring news and sports, merging the format of former 1st Radio Service and ERA Sport. Read more »Rush to air one Greek Public Radio, ahead of the High Court on Friday
The degradation of Greek Radio is going on, having shortwave radio "Voice of Greece" as a victim. This includes 39 shortwave antenna masts hosted in Avlis, which the government plans to sell as scrap metal. The shortwave service started 75 years ago and it is still transmitting in 5 frequencies that cover the globe with shows in Greek for expatriates and foreign language news. The facilities are currently controlled by redundant ERT employes and broadcast the guerilla service of the Greek National Radio ERA. Eighteen months ago, shortwave facilities in Thessaloniki were dismantled. Read more »Greek shortwave to be dismantled after order by Ministry of Finance
On Friday, at 11 am, I received the call I had been waiting for a long time by the Director of the newspaper. He invited me to his office, where he told me that "he regrets having to announce this". He did not tell me what he exactly regrets and I did not bother to get him out of that, by flagging what he regrets. He then told me that himself, he does not really want me to leave the newspaper and that he is very sorry. I consoled him cheerlessly for this unfortunate situation. Read more »Letter by a sacked journalist: "You are going to pay for Stefania's tears."
The Greek government tried to shut down ERT, the public national broadcaster, on the 11th of June. The employees, in response to the popular demand and outcry of the public in Greece and abroad, kept –and are determined to continue keeping- ERT open, by broadcasting a full radio and television programme through the internet and by any other means suitable and available.
Help and technical support from the EBU was crucial for 70 consequent days; but is now over, since the international body decided to cease the re-distribution streaming of the broadcasts by the employees of ERT. Read more »#ERT: plea for sattelite capacity
Greece remains Without formal public broadcasting for two and a half months, after the government's decision to close the ERT on June 11th. The temporary broadcaster, who was supposed to cover the needs until the establishment and organization of a new permanent body, still features only a makeshift rigged TV channel. Although the establishment and operation of a radio station is technically easier than that of a television, though the government, already two and a half months later, decided not to proceed with its creation. Read more »Greece: A country without its own radio