Tagged: TV

Amendment paves way for state to return TV license payments

Greek MPs on Wednesday approved an amendment paving the way for the reimbursement of some 85 million euros paid as a first installment to the state by private TV stations for the acquisition of national broadcasting licenses following last year’s government-supervised auction. Later last year, a court ruled that the process followed by the government […]

Parties agree on TV watchdog, paving way for new auction

After several failed attempts, representatives of the various political parties on Thursday agreed on the composition of the National Broadcasting Council (ESR), a key step toward breaking an impasse that followed a top court’s declaration of a government auction of television licenses as being unconstitutional. The agreement required State Minister Nikos Pappas, who oversaw the […]

Council of State finds TV licensing law unconstitutional

After much discussion, the Council of State ruled with a 14-11 vote that the controversial television licensing law conflicts with the Constitution. The minority vote argued that a 6-month period must be given to the government so that that a new National Council for Radio and Television (ESR) may be formed. The new ESR would […]

No ruling on TV licenses; judges to reconvene on Wednesday

A meeting of top administrative judges on whether a recent government auction of TV licenses is in line with the Greek Constitution ended without a decision on Monday night, with the Council of State expected to reconvene on Wednesday. Judges met for over three hours at the Council’s central Athens headquarters to hear representatives of […]

TV licenses: CoS ruling blocks government plans

Wednesday’s initial ruling by the Council of State (CoS) to accept the appeals by media owners on the unconstitutionality of the recent TV licensing tender, organised by the Greek government, has thrown a wrench in the government’s plans to move forward with official issuing of the auctioned TV licences, while it also stops its plans […]

CoS convenes a third time on TV licences on Tuesday

Following two failed attempts by the Council of State (CoS) to deliver an initial ruling on the legality of the recent TV licensing procedures, after appeals by TV legal representatives, the extended CoS Plenary is scheduled to convene behind closed doors for a third time at 5pm, Tuesday. The delay has put the Greek government […]

TV channel workers stage protest outside Parliament

Greek television channel employees on Monday staged a demonstration outside Parliament, demanding job security and collective work contracts. In solidarity with the workers, the unions representing Greek journalists and technicians held a five-hour work stoppage on Monday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Television channel workers are also concerned about the prospects for their continued […]

Monday deadline for first payment of winning bid by controversial candidate

Closing time on Monday of Greece’s tax bureau is the deadline for payment of a first instalment of a television broadcast license by one of four winners in the relevant election auction held by the government roughly four weeks ago. All eyes are now on local businessman Yiannis Vladimiros Kalogritsas, the son of construction contractor […]

New Democracy MPs file lawsuit over TV license tender

A number of MPs from the main opposition party have filed a lawsuit at the Supreme Court against everyone responsible for the recent television license tender. Among the New Democracy MPs who filed the lawsuit are Makis Voridis, Olga Kefalogianni and Kostas Tsiaras. The MPs have cited recent media reports and want a full investigation […]

Pappas: We cannot guarantee anyone a television license

“We are not in the position to guarantee to any of the four [winning bidders] that they will receive a license, as there are also other conditions that apply” underlined State Minister Nikos Pappas on the Parapolitika 90.1 radio station. The State Minister explained that there is a procedure being followed, which involves the payment […]

New Democracy banking on TV licenses for early elections

The main opposition party New Democracy has repeatedly called for early general elections and is banking on implication in the television license tender to force the coalition government to step down. As such, New Democracy has announced a press conference on the television licenses for Tuesday. Meanwhile the Parliamentary Ethics Committee has accepted a proposal […]

Courts troubled by PM’s ‘prediction’ on State Council verdict

The recent estimation by the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that the Council of State will not cancel the law governing television licensing has caused concern among judicial circles. According to a report in Ta Nea, judicial circles commented that the statement was an “institutional faux pas” as it appears to violate the separation and independence […]

Savvidis offers to buy TV stations that failed to secure a license

The chairman of PAOK Ivan Savvidis offered to buy any television station that failed to secure a license in the recent tender and promised that no employees will be dismissed, during an interview on ERT. During the interview Mr. Savvidis specifically referred to Alpha TV, owned by Dimitris Kontominas, which did not win a license […]

Provisional TV license holders awaiting State Council ruling

The four new provisional television license holders have made a proposal to pay the first installment for their licenses after the Council of State issues a ruling on the injunctions launched by the current channels. With the State Council expected to issue a ruling on Thursday 15 September, the four new provisional license holders – […]

New TV license-holders and government officials met on Monday

The meetings between the General Secretary of Information and Communication Lefteris Kretsos and the four provisional successful bidders in the recent television license tender concluded shortly after 5pm on Monday. The main issues on the agenda were the next steps that need to be followed, with Skai’s managing director Kostas Kimpouropoulos stating that the necessary […]

Spirtzis claims “no jobs will be lost” after TV license tender

The Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Christos Spirtzis commented on ERT that any television network not having a license will not be able to broadcast in 90s, but was quick to add that no jobs will effectively be lost. According to Mr. Spirtzis the employees of the networks that failed to secure a license […]

New TV license-holders to meet with government officials on Monday

A meeting has been scheduled for Monday between the four winners of the recent television license tender and State Minister Nikos Pappas, Government spokesperson Olga Gerovasili and the General Secretary of Information and Communication Lefteris Kretsos. The four “provisional successful bidders” as the new license-holders are called, are Skai (owned by Yannis Alafouzos), the venture […]

Results of TV licenses tender expected on Thursday

The results of the government tender for four TV licenses are expected to be announced on Thursday. The tender started on Tuesday with 8 candidates after Epsilon TV withdrew, as it did not meet the requirements. Journalists have been camped outside since Tuesday, at a distance from the building. Meanwhile, the representatives of the candidates […]

Theodorakis slams government over TV license tender

The head of the River Stavros Theodorakis claimed that the government has made an “absolute mistake” with its decision to auction only four television licenses, since he believes it will result in less public revenue, less competition and lower quality programs. In an interview on Skai Radio, Mr. Theodorakis stated that the government is building […]

TV license auction continues as planned – Two licenses granted

The much-debated tender for television licenses continues as planned, with the lastest information indicating that the procedures for two of the licenses have concluded. Government sources have disputed rumors that have begun circulating, underlining that nobody outside the offices of the General Secretariat for Media and Communication, where the auction is being held, has any […]