Greek TV pioneer Mega off the air; still broadcasts over subscriber platforms

29 October 2018
204 Views

One of the first and most influential private television broadcasters in Greece permanently went off the air at 2.11 a.m. (local time) on Sunday, with the nationwide digital platform in the country cutting off terrestrial transmission of Athens-based Mega channel.

Mega debuted nearly 30 years ago, as one of the first television broadcasters in a medium that was previously a state monopoly.

A Council of State (CoS) plenum earlier this month rejected a bevy of motions by Mega’s management and 112 employees to block a ruling by the country’s independent broadcast watchdog ordering a suspension of its transmission.

A majority of justices on Greece’s highest administrative court ruled that the failure of Mega channel to participate in a recent tender for nationwide broadcast licenses leaves it without legal standing to continue transmitting its signal via the Digea platform.

Mega discontinued newscasts and live programs in September 2016, and also failed to submit an application to alter its broadcast license at the time.

Nevertheless, the channel continues to broadcast on the popular subscriber television platforms in the country, airing reruns of some of its most popular series.

You may be interested

Eurostat: Greek debt reaches 181,1% of GDP in 2018
FINANCE
shares37 views
FINANCE
shares37 views

Eurostat: Greek debt reaches 181,1% of GDP in 2018

makis - Apr 25, 2019

According to data released Tuesday by Eurostat, Greece’s public debt rose in 2018 to 334.57 billion euros from 317.48 billion…

A 4.1 earthquake hits Dimitsana
GREECE
shares34 views
GREECE
shares34 views

A 4.1 earthquake hits Dimitsana

makis - Apr 25, 2019

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake on the Richter scale shook the city of Dimitsana, Arcadia, according to the Athens Geodynamic Institute.…

The 5 most beautiful places to walk in Athens
GREECE
shares511 views
GREECE
shares511 views

The 5 most beautiful places to walk in Athens

Panos - Apr 25, 2019

Sometimes, our daily routine prevents us from understanding and admiring the beauty that surrounds us. Stressful jobs, work or family…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.