The New Greek Radio, Internet and Television (NERIT) has begun transmissions and launched its first program on Sunday. NERIT has also announced it is planning to cover local and European parliamentary elections.
The sudden closure of its predecessor, the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) last June caused a public outrage and the withdrawal of the Democratic Left from the coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. The Greek government had claimed that the former broadcaster was ineffective, with 2,600 employees and annual costs amounting to 300 million euros ($416 million).
NERIT began transmissions on Sunday with staff from EDT, Greece’s interim public broadcaster, which went on air last in July 2013 by rehiring ERT employees.
According to NERIT’s president, George Prokopakis, the broadcast launch would be “modest.” He also stated that procedural problems had delayed the launch, which was initially scheduled for April 27.
However, the Greek government’s decision to shut down ERT is still being criticized. “After more than 10 months it’s more than obvious that the shutdown of ERT was a hasty and slipshod decision,” said a commentator of the influential daily,” as reported by To Vima.