Ioannis Kalogritsas failed to submit the first tranche for the television license tender due on Monday (today) thereby he disqualifies for receiving a national broadcasting permit.
Earlier Kalogritsas asked for a 48-hour deadline extension to collect some 18 million euros required, but the General Secretariat for Information & Communication (GGEE) did not grant his request.
Kalogritsas, his father Christos Kalogritsas and his two sisters are investigated for tax evasion and money laundering for 33 million euros combined. His father, a constructor who has close ties with two ministers of the SYRIZA-ANEL government and has been granted several public works contracts by the current government, is allegedly behind the tender.
Kalogritsas’ candidacy for getting a national broadcasting license had caused a big controversy regarding his dubious assets and suspicious intentions. During the weekend, several newspapers reported that his tax statements in recent years show that his annual income was 10,000 euros. Probes in Attica Bank, a lender currently under the microscope of Bank of Greece and the European Central Bank, show that since 2011, Kalogritsas had received about 127 million euros in loans.
In a public statement, the 44-year-old Ioannis Kalogritsas claims he has been the victim of vile slanderous attacks by media owners who failed to get a license in the controversial auction. He denies all allegations against him and his family, while accusing other media owners for financial wrongdoings.
After Kalogritsas’ withdrawal from the claim, the license should go to the next contender, Ivan Savvidis. The businessman, who is also owner of PAOK football club, has publicly accepted to receive the license and asked for a two-day period to submit the money required.
Also, Antenna, the fourth licensee, made the required tranche payment on Monday.