Greece’s Media: 11 Groups Bid for Four Private TV Licenses

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The deadline for the submission for TV licenses with the Greek General Secretariat of Communication was at 3 p.m. on Monday. Eleven applications were made, however only four will be successful. Those who applied were:

  1. Skai S. A.
  2. Star Channel
  3. ANTENNA TV S. A.
  4. Dimera Media Investments Limited
  5. Alpha Satellite TV S. A.
  6. Ioannis-Vladimiros H. Kalogritsas Television
  7. Alter Ego
  8. Epsilon TV, Radiotileoptiki S.A.
  9. Independent Telvision Content Provider S.A.
  10. MEGA CHANNEL, Tiletypos S. A.
  11. City News – ART TV

The five-member committee in charge of the tender will now look through all applications to ensure that the channels vying for one of four licenses have gathered all the required paperwork for the bid to be legal.

State Minister Nikos Pappas expressed satisfaction in the submission process that is part of the leftist SYRIZA government’s efforts to clean up an industry known for workforce exploitation and under-the-table deals between media moguls and bankers in 25 years of chaotic licensing. Authorities believe that only “financially sustainable” channels should be allowed to broadcast, even though this did not stop a number of channels that owe money to banks and state coffers from applying for a license.

There are currently eight nationwide private channels operating in Greece, but by the end of the procedure there will be only four channels operating.