'Now What?': Greeks Confront Shutting Of Public Broadcaster

NPR | June 13, 2013 3:06 a.m.

The Greek government has abruptly shut down the country’s public broadcaster, ERT, and will lay off most of its staff of more than 2,600 people. The government is trying to show Greece’s creditors that it can cut costs by even closing down “sacred cows” such as ERT, which the ruling New Democracy party claims is rife with corruption and cronyism. There’s wide speculation that closing down ERT was just an easy way to cut the 2,000 public sector jobs that the Troika wants done by summer’s end.


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