posted on Jun, 12 2013 @ 10:17 AM
Here's my 2 cents on the topic.
Being Greek and actually streaming Greek TV into my home I think I can speak from a relatively stable foundation on ERT.
Essentially, yes it was funded by the Government. Was it bloated and a money pit? Absolutely. 300 Million Euro a year for broadcasting to a nation of
around 10 Million citizens is quite the chunk of change.
Were they puppets of Government propaganda? Not necessarily, there were many shows with credible and respected speakers on ERT who would rip into the
government and their policies on a regular basis. So much so that "unofficial" verbal orders were passed down to blacklist some guests, orders that
were conveniently ignored by the Thessaloniki studios. (Kudos to them!)
As for the 'Coup D'etat' and police being involved, take that with a grain of salt. The 'Coup D'etat' comment comes from a radical leftist opposition
party, the 'police involvement' was (in my opnion) melodrama. As far as I know the Police were sent to the transmitter because people were planning
Anyhow, personally I can see the good and the bad in this. The good is that a bloated over-paid section of public service has been cut down, the bad,
that the new public broadcaster might be more of a government puppet station...however that may be a moot point with the availability of the internet
as a medium
edit on 12-6-2013 by Konstantinos because: shpellin' and grammur