Government’s Efforts to Appoint Vyron Polydoras as NCRTV Chief at Deadlock


The government’s proposal for Vyron Polydoras as chief of the National Council of Radio and Television (NCRTV) has come to a deadlock as one opposition party after the other rejected the candidacy.  The initial reactions make it clear that there will not be the required 4/5 agreement for the consolidation of the NCRTV to push through following the Council of Leaders of Greek Parliament at 17:00 on Monday.

Government sources state that on Monday the ruling party will put in a decree to abolish Law 4339/15 that transferred the responsibility of the NCRTV to the government. The new tender procedure for the issue of television licenses will be transferred back to the NCRTV for the regulation of the television sector.

Greek State Minister Nikos Pappas said that the transfer of power to the NCRTV gives the main opposition New Democracy (ND) party no excuse for not cooperating to form the new NCRTV.”The excuse of the [NCRTV’s powers] does not exist for ND. No one can understand what conditions, or perhaps excuses, it is setting yet again. ND has an obligation to prove that it has a basic sense of constitutional responsibility and to contribute to the formation of the NCRTV,” said Pappas.