Den greske regjering har avskaffet den statlige kringkasteren ERT i sin nåværende form. 2.500 ansatte mister jobben.

Grunnen er behovet for besparinger i offentlig sektor og den lave produktiviteten. Andre anfører synkende prestisje fordi ERT har latt seg bruke som mikrofonstativ for politiske interesser.

Lisensen kreves inn av alle husstander, uansett om de har TV eller ei.

Greek state TV and radio were gradually pulled off the air late on Tuesday, hours after the government said it would temporarily close all state-run broadcasts and lay off about 2,500 workers as part of a cost-cutting drive demanded by the bailed-out country’s international creditors.

TV and radio stations of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, or ERT, were pulled off the air in several parts of the country from about 11pm (9pm BST), about an hour before the government said all signals would go dead, although satellite broadcasts continued.

The conservative-led government said ERT would reopen «as soon as possible» with a new, smaller workforce. It wasn’t immediately clear how long that would take, and whether all stations would reopen.

«Congratulations to the Greek government,» newscaster Antonis Alafogiorgos said toward the end of ERT’s main TV live broadcast. «This is a blow to democracy.»

«I was hoping up until the last minute that the reports were not true. It’s unbelievable,» news reader Stavroula Christofilea said moments after the move was announced.

A Finance Ministry statement said ERT has been formally disbanded, and authorities would «secure» the corporation’s facilities. Riot police deployed outside ERT buildings in several parts of Greece, but no clashes were reported.