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por Fernando Melro dos Santos, em 13.06.13

Because even if I don't agree with a cause, everyone must be heard in support of said cause, I'd like to pass on a live testimony from within the walls of Greek ERT, anonymously received, and as such reproduced.


My views are not necessarily as expressed hereon, but still I will bring them forth as any true free, liberal man should do.


Government accuses ERT of corruption, huge drain on public resources and shut it down in a few hours, on Tuesday, with no bill passing by the representatives but only with signatures of 21 out of 25 ministers.


The government used a certain article of our constitution that allows it to act immediately -with just the signatures of the ministers- in case of a national disaster and when the nation is in danger [more precisely, 21 ministers out of 25 signed the decision for the closure of ERT; it wasn’t signed by the two ministers appointed by PASOK and the others two by DIMAR].


The decision was announced by government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou. He talked about chronic corruption and mismanagement. Until now, the government hasn’t published any specific data on that.


They’re talking as if I – you – the Chinese people – extra terrestrials are in charge of ERT and that the government couldn’t examine and restructure it.


The Board of Directors of the company has always been appointed by the government: every time we had elections, every time there was a reshuffle of the ministers, every time the wanted someone else to profit of it.


All the decisions / management was under the Board of Directros of ERT.


The big scandals were happening when they would hire people of their choice, with payments which were of course of no comparison to ours, the employees; they hired people with “special missions”, like consultants etc. Of course, every company does that. But many times, the name of the people appointed left everybody speechless – for instance the latest chief executive of what would be broadcasted in the news, was a journalist known for bringing into the main edition of the news [here it’s 20h-21h] gossiping, lifestyle in Mykonos etc. Their work is out there for people to judge.



ERT was not without sins!


Many employees were hired the past decades as a political favour, by the political party in power. And many would not show up at their posts.


There was a disciplinary board, that had very rare sessions. That’s how one could be fired, if found guilty. But I doubt it they ever did.



Before the closure, district attorney was making research for very specific accusations.



Government says that there will be no more of a STATE radiotelevision but of a PUBLIC one, that would promote all the “growth and progress” happening in here [ß- that’s a good one!].

At the same time, the prime minister himself last night talked about our strikes coinciding on dates that “positive and optimistic things were happening” (ie. Hollande’s visit at Athens). He doesn’t like the fact that we didn’t become government’s press office and we went on talking about all the crucial problems people are still facing here. The decision feels like a punishment to us.



2,656 people are instantly losing their job.


ERT needed reform. Not a shut down. They just didn’t want to do that.



They have pledged to cut tenths of thousands of public sector jobs as part of agreements under which it receives billions of euros in rescue loans from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.


They have to give Troika 2,000 names of people that are being fired by the end of June.


ERT was the most appropriate victim: It belongs to the wider public sector BUT we’re not public servants, therefore we are not entitled of instantly finding a new post in the public sector or getting in line when one appears. So, we’re just being fired!


The budget of the state will not be better off without us, since we are not paid by the state – ERT is an S.A. company, with profits from the advertisements.


The government’s fund given to us a direct payment from of 4.30 euros/ month added to electricity bills [not per person, but household] – the last couple of years, government gives ¼ of it to photovoltaics and a sum of it to the ministry of finance.

Journalists and technicians are also working nights, weekends, holidays. We haven’t been paid the money for that since last November – we have been given only the main salary.


Government will lose all the taxes paid by ERT.


In May, the National Treasury admitted that ERT has a surplus of 40,97 million euros and contributes 50% of revenue, or 129 million euros in debt.


Employees have undergone all the reductions of other workers in Organisations of public sector since Troika came here.


ERT had to be at every event to cover {every} government’s activity and then give their product –for free- to all the private channels.


They’re also talking about rates: The purpose of public R-TV is not making good numbers.


ERT stations were the only ones legally emitting .


The certain legislative act gives the ability to the ministers to close down institutions of his jurisdiction.




-three domestic TV channels
- ERTWorld [broadcasting to those interested around the world]
-four national radio stations
-19 regional radio stations [who serve a special purpose, bringing to public knowledge the problems local people are facing etc] and an external service, Voice of Greece
- the most valuable audiovisual archive of the country.



[[[“The closure of ERT came as the Athens stock exchange was downgraded to emerging-market status by index provider MSCI, making Greece the first country ever to lose the status of a developed market.”]]]


[[[“On Monday Greek gas supplier selloff failed to draw Gazprom bid”.]]]



[[[Private media always pushing for a bigger slice of the pie – Supporting what govermnet decides. People here like to say that MEGA Channel and SKAI are “ERT-ier than ERT”]]]

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